Sunday, 16 January 2011

New Beginnings

In between my tidying frenzy this week I've managed to make a few more 'tweedie' clutches - they've given me such enjoyment to make. All my favourite things - tweed, kawaii/japanese fabric, buttons and lots of fun with fabric yoyos - I've been having a ball! The first one I made this week went to a crafty friend who has been sending me her back-copies of Selvedge for some time now (I'm treating myself to my own subscription this year - yippee!). I was really pleased how this clutch turned out, I wanted to try a semi-circular shape and I used a lovely Kaffe Fassett fabric which Gretchen may recognise!

My crafty friend loved the clutch, so I was delighted to get her feedback. In between spells of intensive decluttering I went on to try another semi-circular clutch in one of my favourite tweeds - this mustard yellow one which is quite heavy-weight and a little tricky to handle but I love the colour so much, I couldn't resist trying it out. Here's the result:

Lastly I decided to have a go at making a little coin purse, which is the reason I made the semi-circular clutches in the first place, I just didn't have short enough zips at the time so decided to make semi-circular clutches in the meantime! One of these funny creative things, you try one thing as an experiment and it turns out to become a new design in its own right - artistic accidents or whatever you call them! Here's the little coin purse:

This may seem like a lot of work from the person who was going to start off slowly this year, but I've been so inspired by making them they were just a joy to do! They provided a pleasant escape from all that sorting, clearing and 'gutting out' I've been doing. I've had to squeeze my crafting space into a little corner (it had gone a bit mad over the last few months) - I couldn't see where my crafting area stopped and my domestic space began!!!! Sometimes it's not a bad thing having a small space - necessity is the mother of invention, and all that, and it turns out that these little clutches/purses, are the perfect thing for me to make right now in my limited space.

P.S. I've added the last clutch and purse to my Etsy shop :)


janet said...

These clutches are very addictive, do you agree?? Once I start sewing them up, I find it hard to stop.

Well done on yours, they are lovely!!

Janet xox

Tweed Delights said...

Hi Janet - definitely addictive! xx

Biba said...

Oh Alison, these are soooo precious!!!

Tweed Delights said...

Thanks Mojca! :)

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Fantastic to see your new work Alison and T think they are just beautiful! It is wonderful to find something so enjoyable to make that boosts productivity and satisfies our own desire to create at the same time. All the best with these!

june at noon said...

Love, love that mustard yellow tweed, one of my favorites! It's nice to see you creating again, at whatever pace feels right to you. :)

Claire Gale said...

love your tweedness, just beautiful. it's great to get a look all to yourself. well done.