It was waaay back in the Fall of 2016 that our local sewing guild had Rami Kim, Queen of Fabric Manipulation present a workshop.
She showed us many, many different ways of folding, stitching and otherwise twisting fabric to achieve texture and depth.
The workshop project was a tote. We were instructed to prep our fabric before-hand, cutting various pieces to size. Rami was quite the task master. She would demonstrate a particular technique, then we would have 45 minutes. Or 30 minutes. Or 15 to replicate things.
This may sound a bit stern, but it was necessary if we were to learn everything she wanted to teach us. Goodness there was a wealth of knowledge to acquire!
Each section of the tote featured a different type of fabric manipulation. And once the fabric was cajoled in to the appropriate shape, it could be further embellished with beads or embroidery. I chose beads.
We learned different types of smocking, fabric pinwheels, a new take on flying geese triangles, and many, many other methods.
By the time Saturday evening rolled around, we were exhausted, educated and very happy sewists. We all swore we would finish our totes, and have a show-and-tote at a meeting in the future.
Perseverance was key in completing the tote. There was considerably more hand sewing (see smocking mentioned above) than I had done in years. All that smocking? Yup, sewn by hand. All those beads? By hand again, though adding beads was my choice. By the time it was finished my hands cried uncle and my fingers felt blistered. Perseverance may be overrated.
The future is here! I’ve finished my bag!
Hotpatterns has done it to me once again. I am in lust with this jacket pattern. Of course, me being me, if/when I get the pattern, I will probably be sewing it up in the middle of summer. In Cactusville. When the temperatures are 110+.
I still really like it.
I realized during the not-long-past holidays that I wanted something a bit warmer than my jeans jacket, but fancier than the usual fleece to wear while running errands and going out and about. Not tailored, but stylish.
I think this fits the bill quite nicely. It’s edgy, but not so outré that it would go out of style before I get it sewn. The seaming provides lots of possibilities, both in terms of fit and fabric. Fabric combinations – maybe a tapestry and faux leather? The zips could be colored or rhinestone. Oh my! The brain whirls. Inspiration Abounds!
Having just returned from Tucson Gem Show, toting around loot for days, I can well attest to the need of a good sturdy satchel. Ta Da!
Interior pockets, with and without zips. A nice sturdy handle. A special place for your cell phone (though I probably wouldn’t hear mine inside the bag).
Trudy has even provided YouTube video on how to construct this lovely. You can find the lining here and the satchel here
Hmm, this post is sounding a bit like an advertisement for Hotpatterns, and that is not the case. I mean it more as a source of inspiration, which I have been lacking of late. Now the creative juices are flowing, and ideas are abounding.
It’s a nice feeling.