We’ve had a great time making Japanese Woven Bags for the last few weeks in our Wednesday night Stash Management Group.
The girls have made them in all different styles of fabrics ranging from Japanese traditional indigos and taupes, Batiks, Vintage prints as well as bright, bold prints. There’ll be some very happy ladies when they open their gifts on Christmas morning.
The bag is easy to make but it helps a lot to have more than one pair of hands helping to keep the woven strips under control. At times we weren’t sure if we were bag making or playing Twister. The laughter did get a bit rowdy at times. So much fun!
If you’d like to join a lovely group we have a vacancy starting 16th January 2013. Phone for details.
My sewing sanctuary could be anywhere, it is any place I have a needle and thread between my fingers, a beautiful piece of fabric on my lap and a great idea or pattern, as well as some spare time to sit and stitch.
I love threads of all different types and colours. I love silky cotton and shiny silk thread. Warm, wonderful wools, marvelous metallics and pretty perles. But what I love most is the textures and images I can create using the right combination of needle, thread and stitches. A Monet’s garden of roses, daisies, hollyhocks, lavender and lilies.
But first I need something to embroider. So I sit at my favourite sewing machine and cut and stitch and press away, making handbags for friends, quilts for much anticipated grandbabies, toys to soothe toddlers, dolls to entertain the not so young and all sorts of clothing from slippers to hats and garments to cover every part inbetween.
Where’s yours? Do you have a special place, or some special friends that share your sewing passion? Share your idea of what makes sewing your sanctuary.
I’ve spent the past 2 days enjoying the friendly, peaceful company of my gorgeous, funny big family. I love being with them. Wherever we are, all together, is home. I love you all.
Mr Sanctuary and I have just returned from a weekend at Quilt Market. I can’t wait to show you some of the treasures we found.
Let’s start with The Culture Club by Leesa Chandler. If you don’t know Leesa she is a fabric designer and quilt shop owner who has an amazing talent for creating beautiful fabrics and stunning patterns for bags, quilts and other projects. We have ALL of her latest range, Passage To India, which is TO DIE FOR.
Well done Elizabeth. Congratulations for winning runner up Art Quilt AND Miniature Quilt at the Sydney Quilt Show 2011.