Hotch Potch

February 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm 3 comments

Hold on to your hats as this is a catch up post on a variety of different projects.

Firstly was a last minute stitch up of a carry on bag for our Australia Day weekend to Sydney (north of actually). We had been invited to a friend’s 50th birthday celebration near Gosford, so a friend and I got onto the web whilst also plotting our moves on the phone, to book our flights and plan our trip. There are some ultra cheap flights to be had when travelling ‘light’ (carry on luggage only). Flights booked, train timetables checked, I moved onto measuring bags currently held in various cupboards and rooms in our home. Only one bag was the correct size. Emails to Nikki followed, who suggested adjusting her beach bag pattern to the required size. (Didn’t have it, no time to post down!). Onto the net and found this free tutorial. I adjusted the sizes to suit, used a few of Nikki’s tips in the bag patterns which I did have, searched out the curtain/upholstery fabric sampler books in the garage and came up with a very stylish carry on bag. (I think so anyway).



carry-on-bag-1carry-on-bag-2carry-on-bag-3I have also had a little Op shopping, primarily to get supplies for arting. I found a fantastic stainless steel ladle for heating UTEE for Maggie’s on line classes for Textile Translations, A great clear plastic ice cube tray for paints and dyes, a Portman’s skirt for wearing to 50th birthday (teamed perfectly with Brown Sugar top reduced to 19.99 from $80). Also a great Craft and Decorating magazine, some calico (75 cm ready washed for use) and 1.5 m of the lovely stone coloured wool/spandex fabric (will end up a skirt or jacket). All for $7.00!!!


I have also been stitching, on and off, on my sampler 2009, which incorporates stitches from following Sharon B’s sampler documentation, as well as the Stitch Explorer challenge. There are some great examples of the first challenge stitch, chicken scratch, linked from Sharon’s blog. One great link I came across was Emily’s blog freebies link. Check out Emily’s blog, it is a great source of lots of interesting patterns. I’m thinking of  making her mini biscornu to practice the chicken scratch.

I have spent today working on the proposal for the ‘Sea Angels’ for the Johnston Collection, which have been emailed off for approval. The proposal includes many of the techniques that I have discovered while browsing many textile artists sites (thankyou all). I am spending tomorrow trying out Maggie’s techniques from her on-line classes to also incorporate. Will hopefully have some photos to post shortly.

This is a photo of the three generations at my nephew’s wedding.



Entry filed under: Hand embroidery, op shopping, Sampler 09, sewing, Stitch Explorer.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. paulahewitt  |  February 2, 2009 at 7:13 am

    its a great bag! and a great haul

  • 2. sharon young  |  February 3, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Wow! I’m breathless!! You sound really busy, I love the bag, it’s perfect, great colours, and your charity shop finds are brilliant, especially the wool/spandex, what a bargain.
    Many thanks for your comment on my post, I hope the weather is a little cooler with you, it doesn’t get any warmer here.

  • 3. Nikki  |  February 21, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Yay! Great to see the bag – well done. I recognise a few features there…. So glad to see that my patterns have indeed taught you some of the principles of bag-making. That’s what it’s all about (sounds like the hokey-pokey…).


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