It's been a wet and windy week here in France so I've been very happy staying indoors playing with my sewing machine. I realised at the garden party last year that I needed to come up with some new products to sell as the hand bound books have slowed down in sales.
I have a lovely collection of printed fabrics that I use to cover the books and the idea of pencil cases or cosmetic bags came up. They are so easy to make and only require the purchase of a matching 20 cm zip to complete.
I already had some iron-on stiffening to give the fabrics some body and by the end of the day I had made this lovely collection to put on sale next April at Justine's charity garden party.
I had a lot of fun photographing them too as I've only recently discovered, quite by accident, the 'creative shots' button on my camera. It takes several views at a time, zooming in and cropping and changing the angle of the view. I really love this last one, especially as it features the poppy bag, perfect for yesterday, November the 11th.
Here is the latest collection of sketchbooks I made and already some of the match the bags so I might be able to sell them as a set....
And finally here is a pretty summer top I made for my friend Carolyn after we bought some fabric while we were on holiday together in September. We were at Rochefort-en -Terre and found a delightful craft shop selling handmade items as well as the fabrics and findings to make them yourself. We had a wonderful time browsing while our husbands waited patiently outside on a bench, thankfully not worried about how long we were and how much money we were spending!
I couldn't resist making another little bag for her too as you can see in the background.