Wednesday, 27 July 2011

my creative space . . . and off for a break :)

Well, I DID manage to make something for myself last weekend and voila! . . .

It was lovely to make something just for the fun of it - no tweed involved, just this little linen zipper purse, lined in one my fave Japanese cotton prints. It was just crying out for a little embroidery detail which was great fun to do, just freestyle, making it up as I went along. I used an older sampler as reference/inspiration and of course my Doodle-Stitching book by Aimee Ray - highly recommended for the novice embroiderer!

It's the perfect size for my digital camera and much prettier than my standard bulky camera bag :) I'm off for a family break now for ten days - a few of them to be spent on a city break in Edinburgh - ooooh, smoke, pollution, noise - I can't wait, hehe!!

I've just ordered some new stock of Harris Tweed too, from a local weaver I was purchasing from previously - I can't wait to get my new stash, it's hard to stop crafting when I'm enjoying it so much but 'needs must'! - I'll 'see' you when I get back from my hols - Bye for Now :)

More creative 'stories' over here :)

18 comments:

trudi@maudeandme said...

Beautiful! Love that book title too.
Scotland is very much in my heart too(which is coincidently part of my post today)

Fay said...

Gorgeous!

tartankiwi said...

I'm impressed! Not only by the beautiful embroidery but by the fact that you did what so many of us have failed to do... made something for yourself!!!
Hope you get lots of use out of it and enjoy using it. Happy holidays :-)

Deb said...

That's so lovely!!

Miss Milla's said...

Lovely little stitching. I have the same book and it is full of inspiration. Your purse looks wonderful.

Rie said...

It looks great & really practical - I have a similar purse for my digital camera & it works wonders!

Naturally Carol said...

The texture of the hand embroidery is beautiful with the linen. What a great little purse.

Biba said...

Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! I made some embroidery myself last night, it feels so good to produce something pretty, doesn't it?

Enjoy your holiday, particularly your city-break!

Sam Findlay said...

This purse is so sweet, I love the embroidered detail!

Taylor Made said...

Beautiful stitching....have a fab holiday .xx

TheAccidentalCrafter said...

Linen and hand embroidery equals gorgeous. Such a cute little purse, I should learn how to embroider one of these days.

june at noon said...

Very cute. Glad you treated yourself, and enjoy your break!

midge said...

it is gorgeous. i ♡ it. you will love using it

Teek said...

wow that embroidery is just amazing. Have fun in Edinburgh. I used to live there and it is one of my favourite cities...

Widge said...

awwwwl I'm liking this! so sweet

janet said...

Hey Alison,

Lovely purse...I have that book. I guess I should dig it out and try some.
;->

Enjoy the 'Hols'

Janet xox

Florcita said...

that is just so pretty! Funny, I was looking for an embroidery book and stumbled upon that one have there...is it good for people that know NOTHING about embroidery?

Claire said...

Hey ALison, I just love your linen purse and the embroidery is gorgeous............

Enjoy your holiday and your dose of city life.

Look forward to hearing the stories when you return,

Claire :]