Introducing Toriska’s new pattern The Flourish Clutch!


 

I was chuffed to bits to be accepted as a tester (my first time ever!!!) for the Flourish Clutch. A nice easy pattern and a whole lot of fun to make. Yes, I was binge watching The A Team whilst constructing this bag. Blame my daughter WR Gingell for that. She got me hooked on them a month or so ago….

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I couldn’t wait for a frame to arrive, so I pilfered one from a purse I picked up at a Thrift Store for 50c some time ago.

So without further ado – here she is – my Pretty as a Peacock Flourish Pouch! Give a twirl for the blog readers sweetie!……..

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This clever pattern is gorgeous from ANY angle – even underneath!

The Flourish Clutch comes in 3 sizes – Small, Medium and Large. This little cutie is the Large size.

Here’s a shot or 2 of me carrying said Flourish Clutch so that you can get an indication of the size and versatility of the Large size:

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The Flourish Clutch makes her debut Friday the 13th of November (US time) along with her sister The Curvaceous Clutch, which is an equally lovely pattern with a totally different look to this one.

You can purchase the pattern via Etsy http://www.toriskapdf.etsy.com/
Craftsy shop http://www.craftsy.com/user/7919545/pattern-store
The introductory price is $6 and goes up to $8 Monday.


Wow! Hasn’t time flown. It’s been ages since I blogged. Life and health often get in the way like that, but I am determined to be a more frequent blogger, maybe fortnightly to see how I go.

Here is a collage of some of the stuff I’ve been sewing/quilting since my last post. Of course, these are only the Bionic Gear Bag Notions Totes that I have made in that time. I love these bags. I still have at least two more to make for my Applique and my Embroidery to go in. The last one was for my Mother in Law for her birthday this week, one was for a bag swap (the one with the sea-life charms and hexies on the front) and 2 were for me – one for English Paper Piecing and one for Felting.

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Bionic Gear Bags were the invention of Sally Thompson (aka RipStitcher) from Craftsy. You have only to google the name of the bag for the pattern to come up! It is fantastic and I love making them.

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I’ve also made a few Necessary Clutch Wallets (by Emmaline’s Patterns) and am equally enarmoured of this pattern. Such a clever and simple way to construct a complicated looking pattern, and this is exactly what both patterns share, a simplicity in construction that belies their complicated appearance. Kudos to Sally Thompson and Janelle Mc Kay for their brilliance!

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Where to now you ask? Now, I learn (hopefully) to knit. Not just knit, but knit right-handed! I am predominantly left-handed, and already do some things right-handed so I don’t see many issues with this. I have done a little practice knitting last year (some squares and this pathetic, but colourful, little bag)  but not a great deal.

 (I warned you it was pathetic!)

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Hubby needs a new beanie, so I said I’d try to make one for him now that he has approved a masculine (and thankfully simple) knitting pattern. Hopefully my next blog will be about said hat, and also the obligatory knitting bag that I will now have to make for my new craft of knitting……… yes, I know, it is terrible that I will have to make yet another craft bag, but these things happen.

Until next time! Keep crafting!

A Whimsical Ruched Patchwork Pumpkin Pincushion: Mission Accomplished!


My lovely (well, I think so!) ruched patchwork pincushion is now finished. I changed the angle so that I could see more ruched surfaces at any one time and added some more pumpkin leaves. I also changed the pale twill tendril for a darker felt one. I felt it was more dramatic and a nicer contrast to the oranges of the pumpkin body. I kept the stalk pale – again for contrast and because, well, sometimes I’m just a little contrary and it’s the way I wanted it to be.

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Then,  just as I said to my daughter Wendee, “I think I’ll put a button here to break up these leaves at the back, what do you think?” She said “Yeah, that’s okay, but a snail would be better!” So of course from there it snowballed to Ladybirds as well, because this is Whirly Whimsies after all so there has to be some whimsy about it – perfect! Just goes to show you that 2 heads are sometimes better than 1.

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This side-on view shows the change in angle. I added leaves underneath too. I wanted it to look nice from all angles, and there were one or two ugly (and tenacious) bits of hot glue to hide, so the leaves did the trick.

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Now it’s going straight on to my newly tidied sewing table……..

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Works in Progress…..


This should really read "works in progress" as there are several.
Number 1: when finished will be the decorations on a fancy-shmancy spool holder for my sewing room wall.

100_8538  100_8543 Here are some pictures of some of the decorations for it. More will follow with a cameo of Hubby after using his drop saw to put the holes in for the dowel pegs….

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Number 2: This swag used to be dark green and maroon and very sad looking.  I bought it from one of the local op shops (thrift stores.)In keeping with the colours of my sewing room curtains, I tweaked it and made it new again. The centres of the spools I used fabric and glued it to the shank. Dark brown and light brown alternated. Then I tied strips of fabric in Moda Bella Solids: Parchment and Christmas Red, purple and  a light orangey brown colour. This still has to be hung up in its proper place and I may or may not add a small hand pieced emellishment to each heart…

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Number 3: Here’s a zippered pouch I made for piecing on the go as well as my first attempt at a pieced heart  (this is the WIP, the others are all finished YAY!). The coaster is reverse appliqued (also a first attempt!) and is basically just there to show I’ve not been totally idle!

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And…… back to Number 1: Here’s the spool holder in production. There will be a quilted flower pot underneath where the masking tape is with the dresden plate pictured above on it for a decoration. There will also be stems, leaves and hopefully tendrils if I can make them happen, so watch this space! It’s getting to that exciting stage where seemingly random bits of stuff all meld together into something quite extraordinary! Can’t wait to see it on the wall and finished!

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Number 4: Accessory to the zippered pouch, and my last work in progress is a needle book of my own design. It has a pocket on the front and back inside covers and little decorations on the pages. I have finished the outside, but still need to finish off the inside. I have had to use it in the mean time. It will have to wait a little to be fully finished, as I have a few little sewing jobs to do besides my WIPs. Seems I’d better get a wriggle on and crank up the ol’ sewing machine…….. More later……