Thursday 4 December 2008


The target of 4 items a day seemed a bit ambitious, especially since some of them were handbags.
I showed you the first of these in my last post and I have now made 4 altogether.

I just heard Anna Freud, (a poet and daughter of amazing artist Lucien) on Women's hour.
(Is that apostrophe correct? Women is already plural and the s makes it possesive...)
She was talking about her time as an embroiderer, and how she might put two colours together, say a peach and a dove grey, and the effect would be amazing and unexpected and thats why she loved it so much.
Take that peach further until it becomes orange, and the dove grey becomes turquoise, and voila!

I have devised some other bags with three 'bullseyes'. The centre bullseye is on a flap that comes over from the back to fasten it.

More unexpected colour thrills.
In this tweed below there is a blue grey thread among the weave, so I added blue grey velvet.

I've cut into the precious bright tweeds for these bags.

I loved the bullseyes so much I made a whole lot of brooches.

I sat watching TV last night fraying the edges.

(Oh I do love Matthew McFadyen as Mr Clenham in 'Little Dorrit'. Does anyone else find his acting incredible? He can change his expression so imperceptibly and subtly that you hardly notice, but know exactly how 'Mr Clenham' feels. Sorry non-UK friends who can't see it)

It seems a pity to be unweaving all the Harris tweed edges, and its very hard to fray a circle.

They were such fun to make and I kept the backs simple, no extra fabrics or stitching so I can keep them down in price.

So, thats 8 bags, 12 tweed brooches, plus a couple of hearts I've sent off for people, since Sunday afternoon.

And I was out most of Tuesday.

I hope it doesn't count as mass production.

But don't mention the housework or the ironing.

I have a wardrobe full of empty hangers and a spare room full of crumpled clothes.


Mary Welsh Hubbard said...

Oh Jackie! Those bullseye bags! ZOWIE I LOVE 'EM!

Threadspider said...

The stitchery is superb and I'm inspired now to get back to mine after unexpected domesticty overcame me.
As for Mr Clenham-adorable. The movement of the eyebrows reminds me of a spaniel I used to have.

arlee said...

LOVE the rondelles/bullseyes! An unexpected trearment for the tweeds that really works well----wandering off now to unravel Greyman's old suit jacket :}

Victoria said...

I am loving the velvets paired with the Harris tweeds and the bullseyes are fab!
You just keep topping yourself Jackie, and I am blown away by your productivity. Everything is stunning!

WendyCarole said...

All your work is beautiful.

And Mr Clenham is lovely.

Apostrophe was correct (only bit of marking for me today LOL)

Lorie McCown said...

really amazing, your techniques and the materials are like treasure! I'm a fan of MMF in the Pride and Predjudice movie :-)

Heloise said...

The bullseye bags are wonderful, great design and beautiful colour combinations.

Good luck with the sale.

Deb Lacativa said...

Every single one of these photos lifts the heart and makes me smile. It's the wonderful pallette of colors and textures. Marvelous work!

Gina said...

Wow! That is quite some output. I'm rather taken with your bullseye bags.

Michala Gyetvai (Kayla coo) said...

I love the bullseye bags too,such fantastic colours.x

hens teeth said...

Oh sod the housework Jackie, that can be done anytime......there are things of beauty to be made!

Genie said...

HOUSEWORK what's housework.
lovely work Jackie. Have a great weekend

Anonymous said...

And when will those be in the shop?

: )

Heather said...

I've just been drooling over your lovely silks and tweeds - the colours are gorgeous. Thanks for visiting my blog, and no, I don't know what we are going to do with the soggy catalogues yet - Maggie hasn't told us. I hope it isn't a wind up!! Mine are beginning to dry out since I brought them indoors and actually look slightly less disgusting. I'll let you all know as soon as interesting things begin to happen. Good luck with your bulls eyes! They are so attractive I think you must have scored one with that idea.

Julie said...

Well done for being so productive! I really like the Bullseye bags too. I'm now thinking I should have been watching Little Dorrit. I shall have to catch the repeats.

jennyflowerblue said...

You've have been working so hard and are obviously in the creative 'Zone' long may it continue with those beauties!

nimblejacks said...

flippin heck you have been a busy bee there, the tweed bags are brilliant i love the blue velvet additons to them, it's the textures I like best of all. Hwta a talneted lady you are.

gunnelsvensson said...

these are so beautiful and you are a busy girl !!

Anonymous said...

Jackie, these are so wonderful. The tweeds and velvets together -- total genius. Thanks for the beauty!

Florence Knapp (Flossie Teacakes) said...

Wow, the bags are beautiful!

So pleased that you were so delighted by finding the flex frames - and sorry it's taken me so long to reply. x

Dot said...

What a wonderful post Jackie! Am sitting at work salivating looking at your color combinations. The tweed looks so beautiful with the velvet.

I adore those bullseye bags!

Jacky said...

Mmmm... I love those bullseye bags. Very "hip".

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