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Day 44


Good Evening.

What a horrible, murky, drippy, gloomy rainy day we have had today. I thought we were supposed to be in a drought! I was soaked through to my under wear just coming in from the car.

As you can imagine, I have not ventured far from home today; preferring to sit and potter in the conservatory, listening to the rain pounding on the roof. There is something quite comforting about listening to the rain. I just hope it does not last for much longer.

Anyway, what have I been up to today?

Well I have done loads of preparation. I had forgotten how many hours it takes to get ready for a patchwork project. I have done small patchwork projects, but the preparation for these are nothing in comparison. I’m sure it will be worth it though.

I also catalogued what I have already got for the next craft fair, and started to cut out patterns for the makes that I need to make.

I also made this………..

Now I know I have made these types of bag before, and I don’t want this blog to just be a showcase of things you can buy at a craft fair but I did challenge myself on this make. I don’t know if you can tell from the photograph, but this is made from oilskin. What a nightmare to work with! Why did nobody tell me before I started. I don’t know if you have ever worked with this material, so let me explain; when you are sewing with the wrong sides facing….no problem. Chaos begins when the right side is facing outward. The plastic coating means that the fabric sticks to the sewing machine workings, both the teeth and the presser foot. The only way to keep the fabric moving is to encase the seam┬áto be sewn in tissue paper. This then needs to be picked out from the stitching. Grrrrrrrr!

That aside, I am quite pleased with the finished outcome. Unfortunately I could not face stitching the sides to give the bag structure….well not today! Despite that, I think it looks rather good. Especially with the deep pink lining.

Want to see?

Oh! What is that hiding in there? Can you see what it is?

Yes! It’s proper labels. (Unfortunately a bit blurry; but it is late and I can’t be bothered taking another photo.) I am officially a brand name! I was very excited when I was sewing the label in. Like a child at Christmas….well maybe not that excited, but giddy all the same. Unfortunately DH and the monsters were not as enthusiastic as myself…as the make was holding up dinner.

Anyway lots more makes tomorrow, all with proper labels….plus a new design I have devised today; occupational therapy, as I am still not back at work!

See you then.