Friday, 16 February 2018


Basic bag

Wrapping cloth
I am following India Flint's Fb group for people who have purchased her book Bagstories. There are extra lessons on the page, one of which involves hemming 25 squares. I have started doing these with hand stitch but have had to give up for a while. I really wanted to make a bag so have made the easiest one from the book, mostly machined but hand finished. It is made from Indian cotton tab topped curtains I bought in a sale. The handle is made from one of the tabs and the button is one I kept from a 1970's coat.. I have more fabric and buttons so may make a larger one as well.
The wrapping cloth is also based on a Japanese concept and is made from another curtain I bought at the same time. I like to wrap presents in cloth, it is reusable or can be made into something else.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


It is nearly three weeks since I had my operation for carpel tunnel. I have found it frustrating not being able to do very much but now gradually I am able to spend small amounts of time weaving. This piece was started last year and I have added a couple of inches to it in places this week. I have even managed to do a little hand hemming of squares for India Flint's 'Bagstories'

project, the first time I have been able to hand stitch for nearly six months which is very exciting.
Hopefully I may even begin to be able to garden soon, lots of weeds and the fruit trees need pruning and get back to driving myself around.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Pipe cleaner people

I haven't been doing any making for a while, now back to doing a bit though this will be slowed down by an operation to rectify carpel tunnel syndrome tomorrow. I am making pipe cleaner people for my second piece for the Bristol Guild exhibition in April. I have the idea for the completed piece in my head, just hope its going to come out looking good and not a bit naff.