I admit to being a traditionalist, a romantic, and lover of vintage, so it was a step out of the comfort zone to design a modern Christmas bag in non-traditional colours! I was also on a time limit and I never do my best work when I'm under pressure. Most of the rest of my family thrive under the stress and rise to the occasion, but I'm the odd-man out - I need unflustered time!
Anyway, the project was born and here is the "Bells are Ringing" Christmas bag in Handmade 32/12:
It's passable but not my best project! On the other hand, what I am working on this week is fast becoming my favourite. It was percolating during our overseas holiday and as soon as I arrived back, it was time to audition fabrics:
When I'm choosing colours, I look for one fabric that will tie everything together. That's the multi-coloured fabric in the centre. From there, it was easy to find tone-on-tone, stripes, checks, and small-scale prints that would match the blue, pink, burgundy, green and brown. I tend to stick to no more than four colours in a design, so the green was ousted. The brown will have a miniscule part in the project, but it was important that it be the right brown.
I think it was this new design that did it - I now have my inspiration back! (... No sneak peaks of the project yet, but it's cute, gorgeous and adorable and I am loving it!) It's taken a while to get back into the groove of crafting after a month away from it, but now I have designs swimming around in my head and I can't wait to work on them.
I'm off to Creative Craft Retreat next weekend. It's always such a fantastic time and I am looking forward to teaching Hardanger and Silk Ribbon Embroidery. The project for the weekend is the Sweet Nothings pincushion and scissor keep:
I'm right back in my comfort zone:
I love the combination of the two genres. The colour of the silk ribbon embroidery gives so much life to the cream-on-cream of the Hardanger.
Now I had better go and put the finishing touches on the pattern!