Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Apple Blossom Purse

Today it feels like it was a very long time ago, when the apple trees were blooming - the most elegant, intriguingly delicate with its shades of pink to crimson glory, the apple blossom inspired so many poetic confessions. 

My poetic confession today is with this purse, I ended up loving so much...



It is a pure revealing of my soul - such a pretty, not screaming pink, my favourite ever, characteristic in texture fabric, embroidery, Japanese-style design, absolutely cool and unique handle and great size...

I have always wanted to make a big bouquet of apple blooming branches for my picture album, but I have never had the heart to cut them. That is how the idea of copying one of the blossoms and embroidering it was born.

It was late April, when my lonely apple tree was blooming. I took the impossible challenge to draw one of the tiny branches, staring hopelessly at the tree, as if there was a power in it, that could lead my hand into somehow representing this innocent beauty... 

I took all my stash of embroidery floss from pink to crimson red and greens out and started looking for the right colours. It had to look real, as if it was a picture taken. Well... the sun was playing games with me, undermining my work, the wind wasn't helpful either, making the leaves dance... I fought with them with all my creative ability, just until I had the closest possible realistic colours. And what an inspiring fight this was in between the sun kisses and the wind hugs...

After this adventure of creating the perfect blossom, it was time to work with thread and fabric for the so desired image of the apple blossom.


By the time I was done painting with the needle on my favourite canvas of HAORI fabric the real apple blossoms were gone, sacrificing their life for the fruit growing to start.

I had my image of the blossom now forever painted on my fabric. What to do with it, was another decision I did not want to make lightly. So I left it on my working table to look at it every time I do something else, to inspire me, until I see in my heart what I want to make with it.

And here it is - the purse.


I adapted a pattern by Yoko Saito from one the many books, written by her in my library, that give me such inspiration.

I used the new Spring-Summer 2017 fabric from HAORI for the back and the bottom and the classic solid pink for the front. The handle is from my so favourite deep green, with which I have made so many items. I think it will end up being on every item I make with HAORI :)

Zipper is the happy LECIEN Jelly zipper - I love these zippers! I lined it with regular light weight cotton in matching colour.


The purse is free-style hand-quilted on the front and I followed the gentle lines of the print on the back and on the front right side, to create more contrast and drama. 

The handle is embroidered with feather stitch, using variegated sashiko thread. I also applied that stitch on the front, where the two fabrics meet. For those of you, who read my posts for quite awhile now, you know my love for the French knot is limitless. I can not have embroidery theme without it. It makes my feather stitch so much more interesting...

That is about it for the purse. My girls fought over it, without realizing the more they fight, the prouder I was becoming with myself (without my nose pointing too high), and most certainly, I can not share the purse with neither of them (how would I choose who will have it, and I can not make the same one ever), so it stays for me. And it makes me happy - it is a rear thing to make something for myself, so I am planning to enjoy this moment.



Thank you for sharing the moment with me! 
I hope you have so much inspiration in your days, because without inspiration, the soul and heart are sad.

Happy summer days, my friends!
 Ivelina





Monday, 14 August 2017

'Goat' Lunch Bag

I am looking at the calendar and can not believe the numbers. All these squares, well placed in order, only point out to me, that August is half gone and soon to be September. How weird is that? I have a feeling the summer have just started and is already dripping through my fingers.

Getting ready for school is the first sign of the going away summer. This year, my little daughter wanted to have a new lunch bag - something different from all the lunch bags out there, something fun. She loves animals, so here it is the choice for my next project with DailyLike Canada - an adventurous lunch bag. 


Materials used:

1. 0.5 yards Daily Like Canada Goat oxford cotton for the face of the bag and for inside of handle
2. Fat Quarter Daily Like Canada Green Land cotton 20C for binding
3. 0.5 yards Daily Like Canada Lace Flower laminated cotton for lining the body
4. Daily Like Canada Webbing Strap , colour: khaki 
5. Pellon Flexi-Foam, one -sided fusible
6. Cotton batting
7. 45 cm zippers for the bag body and the pocket


The laminated cotton is really soft and easy to work with. It protects nicely the inside of the bag, without adding any weight to it. 


I chose to work with contrasting in colour zippers, that accent nicely the lace flower print on the laminated fabric. My working length of the zippers is 45 cm - way longer than the needed size, especially for the pocket (the measured length is 35 cm). Because of the curve on the pocket, where it limits the freedom of sewing, I chose the longer zipper, that allowed me wider opening while creating the pocket and afterwords, when it was time to even the edge at the bottom of the bag, I just cut the zipper to the desired length. 


I designed the bag to fit a bento box with certain size. My need for the bag was to be narrow at the bottom and taller, so it could fit in the regular size school backpack. There is nothing worse than hand-holding a lunch bag in the winter or in cold windy weather. The wind goes through gloves and mittens, and while waiting for the school bus, that sometimes is late in bad weather, hands stay in the jacket pockets, well protected.


I designed the front pocket with one inside pocket to carry cutlery, napkin, little bottles of dressing or spices, or just a packet of biscuits.


The fabric quantity is enough to make an extra bag for small agendas, pocket format dictionaries or just a sandwich.


I attached my signature button at the front and a piece of matching webbing strap on the back, crocheted the edge with colour, matching the zipper and handed these beauties to my girl. She got so excited!


The pattern for the lunch bag could be found in my happy shop

Lunch Bag Pattern by Ivelina
Well, it is a start, getting ready for school! And I found a reason to appreciate the last few weeks of summer even more. I hope you find the way to enjoy the season without stress and savour it in full.



Thank you so much for spending time with me!
Wishing you wonderful days ahead, full of adventures!

♥ Ivelina