Thursday, 18 May 2017

Red Piramido Bag

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There’s nothing ordinary about this hand-made bag.

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That’s because it’s irregular - an irregular tetrahedron to be exact.

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The materials used are not run of the mill either. 

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Mainly a striking bright poppy red eco-felt, the bag has protective Aged Sahara Washpapa* in each of its three corners on the base, with metal studs underneath.

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A metal zip allows access to a red and cream cotton lining in a Damask pattern.

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It is all lovingly finished with a heart-shaped charm in Aged Sahara Washpapa with red felt edging that is attached to the red felt handle with a metal chain.

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You’ll capture lots of attention swinging this by your side.

Available <here>

*Washpapa is manufactured in the EU and known as a washable paper. It is a waterproof mix of paper and latex. The paper is Oeko-Tex certified and a Forest Stewardship Council (SCS) for wood product.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Geometric Tote Bag

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Here’s a bag with real edge.
Taking inspiration from abstract art, the Geometric Bag is made of Black Aged Washpapa*.

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Decorative triangles, squares and rectangles in Black Shine, Gold Shine and Silver Antique Washpapa, plus metal studs, elevate it above the ordinary.

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Open it up and the contrast could not be more stark, with the bright white on black dots and white, black, grey and yellow stripes, of the cotton lining emerging like a shining light from within.

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It has two functional pockets inside, with shoulder straps in black cotton webbing to keep it hanging handily by your side. Metal feet protect its base from wear and tear.

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Whatever your angle, with this bag, you will never be square.

Bag is available <here>
 

*Washpapa is manufactured in the EU and known as a washable paper. It is a waterproof mix of paper and latex. The paper is Oeko-Tex certified and a Forest Stewardship Council (SCS) for wood product.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Dragonfly Summer Bag

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A new scientific report suggests climate change is unfortunately killing off a lot of insect species, but here’s a new one of my own - the giant gold and silver dragonfly. And it adorns my latest bag made of eco-friendly Black Shine Washpapa.

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This is no ordinary dragonfly, with Swarovski crystals and Czech glass beads, each lovingly hand-stitched, sparkling richly in the sunshine as it spreads its wings and stretches its body.

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The dragonfly, the design for which I found in a book called “Papercut Woodland”, was painstakingly hand cut from Gold Shine and Silver Antique Washpapa.

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The bag is fully lined and has small pockets to keep your phone or pens handy.

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It is all elegantly finished off with tortoiseshell (vegan-friendly, of course) acrylic handles.

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Whether you want to glide down the catwalk or swoop down the high street, this stunning bag will give you wings, to quote someone else’s catchphrase!

Bag is available <here>

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Tulips

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As you can see, I am still in a spring mood here. This time, I decided to try some Washpapa origami. It was something that I wanted to do since I bought that washable and sewable paper for the first time. I thought that looking into origami patterns could bring some inspiration to my traditional projects too.

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 I found this instruction and decided to give it a go. I knew that it would be more difficult than folding traditional paper, but at the same time, it looks like Washpapa origami is going to last longer. For this project, I used 20cm x 20cm squares.

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 I made two tulips with stems for a start and then I needed some way to display them. Thr original instruction shows that tulips should be able to stand on the flat surface. But flowers made of washpapa are heavier and the top of the flower was weighting it down. 

I had different ideas, but eventually I decided to go back 'to the roots' and make probably the most popular thing that has been made of washpapa - a pot.

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 I made a similar pot in the past to keep all my keys handy and tidy in our hallway, so it was only a case of measuring and not making it too big for my tulips.

I think they would make a great gift as an alternative to traditional 'fake' flowers, or even for real ones!

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 Encouraged with the success of my first origami work, I decided to try this quick heart instruction. It turned out well too. I used some glue to keep it flat (I know, not a very 'origami thing', but it is also not traditional paper). I am thinking of turning into something useful like a bookmark or maybe, after adding couple of eyelets, it could even be a necklace. What do you think?

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Dalahäst Skirt

 
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When I saw this heavy cotton Dala Horse fabric in the shop, I knew I had to buy it and make something from it. At the moment,I am in love with full skirts with petticoats, so I didn't think twice.

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When I found the Scandinavian Design Center on-line shop, I was actually looking to buy a wooden Dalahäst to compliment my small collection of folk art. 

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Of course, it wasn't the only fabric I bought, so you will probably see more similar projects soon.
The skirt is made of two rectangles with plenty of pleats to fit the waistline. I also made in-seam pockets because pockets make every outfit that little bit more practical.

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I didn't make a petticoat as I already have one from Lindy Bop. Also, when I was working with tulle in the past, I experienced problems with accommodating bigger volumes of fabric in my sewing room. And, yes, you need quite a lot of tulle to make a nice petticoat.

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Do you remember Cut-Out Bag, made of Washpapa washable paper, that I made earlier this year? It is one of my favourite bags at the moment and I think it looks really nice with the rest of the outfit. Should I make couple more for my on-line shop? ;)

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Woodland Rabbit Lantern


This project is slightly different to other items that I made before, although maybe not too much.
 Sunday was World Book and Copyright Day and, of course, when we went for a walk, it was only natural that we ended up in a bookshop.
Among different autobiographies, books telling you how to make your life better, or how to train your cat(I know, I don't quite believe it's possible either), I couldn't help myself and brought two new 'crafty' books home.
This <click> is one of the books and I decided to start from an 'easy' project - the lantern.

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I have tried papercut techniques in the past, the first time probably being in primary school when I was making a mock stained-glass pictures. Recently, I did some cutting while making one of my bags <Cut-out Bag>, but I thought I could try something different.
So I used the pattern suggested by the book, but instead of the ordinary paper, I used Washpapa shine - washable paper - as I want my project to last longer. 
Washpapa is a very versatile material and you can wash it, so there is no need to worry about dust and stains. The only difference is that it is not as easy to cut as paper. 
It is thicker and harder. Therefore you have to be prepared for sore fingers after cutting this cute little landscape ;)
Was it worth it? Well, initially I thought that maybe I am actually wasting my time.
But, when the evening came and I inserted a tea light (apparently you are supposed to use a battery powered one),I knew that it was worth all the effort.

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Now I want to make a new lampshade for our night table lamp, but I will have to make my own design to match the curtains.
In the meantime, I started cutting a motif for a new bag and will probably need a dressing on my fingers, or at least some cold bath for my hand, but I am not giving up. 
I just ordered a better-quality art knife from Fiskars with the rubber grip. Hopefully it will help a little. I will keep you updated!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Stargazer Mesh Top


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Fashion works in mysterious ways and can make you feel like a new kind of man.



My husband loves a lot of 80s music and styles, so I went back to the future to make a men’s top in navy blue and red inspired by that decade.



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One does not simply get a new top...
... one must strike a pose ;)



It combines knitted polyester and bonded jersey net fabrics with a diagonal split in the front.



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And I played about with a block pattern to create an asymmetrical neckline.



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The result is a striking top that can be worn under a jacket but is also warm enough to be graced on its own whether you in the garden, down in the park or in the plaza.