I'm very slow and I wanted to do my very best. None were perfect (I don't do perfect, and doubt I ever will), but each was made with a lot of love.
|The insides are also patchwork - white and cream.|
I found myself thinking about the person I was sewing for practically the whole time I was making their bag. I'm certain this was at least half the pleasure for me in making these things.
I made them for several people in the US, including Jack, who was married to my Aunt Rita.
|These were the most masculine colours/prints I could find!|
After all, a lot of my sewing supplies are due to his letting me have her stash. I'm grateful for that practically every time I pick up a project.
I also made one for each of Bill's children using green fabrics from their Grandma Ella's home. She had a pale grey-green that was her 'signature' colour. I also made a green bag for my dear friend, Vivien for her birthday (including some more of the curtain fabric she gave me!)
The lining of the one for my Uncle Pat has a large piece of cream coloured brocade that used to cover the love seats I have that belonged to his mother / my Grandmother.
I appreciate it's a bit mental to keep the old fabric when you have furniture reupholstered, not to mention keep it for over 20 years, but I've always said there is no coincidence that Bill used to be a psychiatric nurse.
I was given the hessian and loaned a picture frame to staple it to. I was also given this amazing green wool that I felted to use. It shed grey-green dust everywhere I worked with it, but it gave a very ever-green-y outcome, I thought. It is a northern England version of latch-hook rugs, but they call it proggy matting or proddy-matting and most working class homes had these on the floors in previous generations. I wasn't that excited about this project until it came time to decorate.
Have you made anything lately?