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Tuesday 22 April 2014

A Crazy Embroidered Bag

A few weeks ago my friend Chris the UK City Crafter, posted about some gorgeous little bags that she had made. See her post here.

I commented that the bags would be lovely made of Crazy Patchwork - of course, back came the challenge!

Having already had a vague idea at the back of my mind I was quick to pick up the challenge.

This pack of deliciousness

had been sitting in my stash for a while - too good to use!!

There were five 10"squaresof silk in a pack from The Silk Route who always have a lovely stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show.

I chose four of the pieces and cut out four eleongated hexagons to embroider onto and four larger ones for backing.

I am sure that I took pictures of each of the four embroidered panels but I can not find them anywhere so now we jump to pictures of the finished, almost, bag.

I used the leftover pieces of silk to make a rouleaux for the ties.

In her post, Chris mentioned that she had found it tricky matching up the edges on the base of the bag. As I could see that I might also have a problem I decided to join the hexagons together with faggotting. As my original plan was to oversew the edges together and then embroider over the seams, using faggotting meant that I was doing both jobs in one go.

I do think that the base is crying out for an ornate beaded tassel so I shall be thinking about that while I am away over the next few weeks.

I have loved making this bag - more crazy to come soon.



  1. love both versions of this little bag. the embroidery on yours is gorgeous.
    I would definitely go with the tassle too!

  2. Wow, what lovely embroidery on your bag! That's neat that you found just the right use for your silk fabric.

  3. Hello Lin,

    That silk bag is gorgeous. Always great to do a challenge. Have a lovely day.


  4. Hi Lin - oh wow these are simply gorgeous, your stitching is so lovely and the fabrics are very exotic-looking! Well Done, you well & truly met the challenge!! x

  5. That is absolutely beautiful.

  6. Lin , this simply a work of art , stunning ! Those fabrics are gorgeous along with your incredible stitching :-)

  7. Your crazy embroidered bag looks beautiful Lin! so nice that you had that great stash fabric to use too. All your stitching is lovely!!

  8. Lin you have most definitely flown with my challenge! Beautiful colours and embroidery - well done!


  9. Hi Lin Oh My! your little bag is stunning. I think you certainly rose above the challenge and created an amazing Piece of work X:)

  10. Very elegant Lin! I like the idea of tassels.

  11. Oh wow - so gorgeous. Your embroidery bits are so effective. xCathy

  12. Oh my oh my, what a beautiful bag. You do so effective embroidery, I love it. Looking forward to see some more. Enjoy your stay in UK.

  13. that is so pretty....


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