When I was younger I was taught to embroider from the women in my family. I would embroider doilies and dressing table sets. It was exciting to look for a new set to make. I still have many.This skill was encouraged by the Textiles and design teachers at high school, when I was a student, long ago.
So this leads me to my new venture......Over the last few months I have been spending many hours in the waiting room at Brid’s Ballet studio. Its too far to come back home and there are only so many shops to look at..
I usually have an errand list for those days, but this doesn’t require much time.Well I had a huge list of things that I needed to do in this time. Reports, marking, planning. There is only so much of that you can do, isn’t there.
I have stumbled upon a lovely way to spend the time...I have been sewing. Using my embroidery skills and creating a variety of different bags to be used for an assortment of items including, Ballet shoes, e book readers to name a few.Its been pretty easy to do this.
We have plenty of scraps in a material box.
Firstly, I select appropriate colours and match the embroidery thread to the material. The first couple I machine stitched and then embroidered. But now I am hand stitching the entire bag. Its much more satisfying.
I have also branched out and I am creating a bag to carry my array of items needed for a few hours waiting.
I was inspired by Miss Kristys’ bag. “Where did you get that one?”, I asked. “USA, while I lived there.” Was her answer. “Oh ...I really admired her bag and I kept pondering it. An idea popped into my head. How about I make one.
So now this is where the thinking cap comes on...I don’t use templates just a rough idea in my head.. Right now I am embroidering some detail to the fabric before stitching it all together.
Its been quite enjoyable. I am learning not to rush things and just be at peace with each project. So let me show you some of the finished bags.