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Liberty of London Zipper Pouches on ETSY

August 16, 2017

This is a new item I am super excited to share with you! I have long been fascinated with Liberty of London prints on the lovely Tana Lawn base. Well I recently got my hands on some sets of multiple prints and I put them to good use!

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

I made three special one-of-a-kind bags. Each one has a patchwork top with 24 unique prints and a base of upcycled denim. No need to pick one print! Just use them all!

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

 

Each bag is topped with a colorful zipper and finished off with quilted stitching on the denim to match the zipper. It was so fun to choose the accents for each one! There is one with fuschia accents, one with turquoise and one with canary yellow. So bright and fresh!

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

I decided to do a special size and shape on these. It is the width of my medium-size zipper pouches, but I made these extra tall because I really like the proportions. I am storing a larger shawl project in one right now and it easily fits three fifty-gram lace weight skeins.

It is also be perfect for socks, especially if you are doing color work and have some extra skeins to carry around.

Liberty of London Zipper Pouch on ETSY

 

The bags are lining with a natural cotton muslin, clean and simple. I also used a cotton/polyester batting that gives the quilting some nice body.

Really proud of these special bags! I hope you will want to give one a new home! Here’s a link to the shop for the detailed listings. 

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Wool Felted Bowls on ETSY

July 3, 2017

Hello! I have been working hard to stock up my shop and have lots of fun new items to share! I specialize in making useful handmade items. We have enough stuff in our lives, so I want the things I sell to have a “job”…  as well as be pretty!

Today’s featured item fits right in. Felted bowls.

Set of 3 Felted Bowls

These came about when I was looking for something to put on top of our technology charging station to hold keys, sunglasses and other random items that tend to gather there. I made a set for myself and enjoyed the process of shaping and molding them so I made some more! There are two sets currently listed; one in heather gray and one in cranberry red.

Set of 3 Felted Bowls

The bowls also would look great on a dining room table, a bookshelf, a desk or nightstand. The soft texture is really pleasant and they don’t jingle when you put in your keys like a ceramic bowl or tray.

Set of 3 Felted Bowls

Come check out the listing in the shop if you are interested! Red bowls here and gray bowls here. There are many other new items, which I will be featuring in the days to come.

 

Striped Denim Notions Pouch on ETSY

June 10, 2017

Striped Zipper Pouch on Etsy

Recent addition to the Etsy shop. I am SUPER excited about this one. I had the design in my head and was pretty pleased that I was actually able to construct in in three-dimensional real life!

I wanted a continuous stripe of upcyled denim down the front, across the bottom, and up the back. Also, with a flat bottom so the pouch will stand up.

Striped Zipper Pouch on Etsy

This one is great for knitting notions – tape measure, needle gauge, stitch markers, scissors. But I also made sure it was the proper length for holding pens and pencils as an art supplies pouch.

Striped Zipper Pouch on Etsy

The bag is fully lined with one of my favorite fabrics lately, an organic cotton bluebird print. I used this on the back of a twin size denim quilt and have been enjoying the leftovers for many projects lately!

Striped Zipper Pouch on Etsy

Bags are lightly interfaced for a bit of soft structure. I couldn’t be happier with them! Bags can be found in my Etsy shop HERE.

And for the icing on the cake…

I got a wonderful endorsement from my favorite mixed-media artist, By Bun! I sent her one as gift and she seems to really like it. Just for fun, see if you can spot the pouch in the tour of her studio below.

I love this Wes Anderson-inspired video she recently posted on YouTube. Brilliant!

Modern Vintage Sheet Quilt on ETSY

May 25, 2017

Modern Vintage Sheet Quilt

I have been hard at work making new items for the Etsy shop. It is so fun to work with some different fabrics for a bit and take a break from the denim. Although I am always itching to get back to my denim scraps and come up with something new!

One recently completed item is a quilt from vintage sheets. I love to shop at thrift stores and I have gathered a pretty solid collection. For this throw I focused on prints. They are so fun and funky and retro!

Modern Vintage Sheet Quilt

The sheets make a soft, lightweight quilt that is perfect to pull out in the spring.

Modern Vintage Sheet Qult

For details, please visit my Etsy shop!

Modern Vintage Sheet Quilt

I already have plans for the next quilt, but I have a few tops already finished that need to be quilted first. The quilting is the slowest part, but I am plugging away at it.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for many more new items!

Patchwork Notions Pouch on ETSY

March 14, 2017

Upcycled Patchwork Zipper Pouch on Etsy

Just popping in to let you know about some new items I have added to the shop: Notions Pouches!

My shop can be found at worksmith.etsy.com.

Upcycled Patchwork Zipper Pouch on Etsy

My usual process for creating new products is that I think up something I want for myself or for a gift… and then I make it. Then I give it a good trial run, using it myself to make sure it holds up well and is functional. If so, and if I enjoy the process of making it, I make some for the shop.

This pouch started as a birthday gift idea for my sister. I wanted to give her a pouch, a gift card, and a large bar of gourmet chocolate. And that is what determined the pouch dimensions!

I also knew it would be good for knitting or sewing notions – tape measure, scissors, stitch markers, etc. I have been using mine for quite a while and I love it!

I also think it would be great for organizing your handbag – for cosmetics, tissues, or sunglasses.

Here are the details. There are currently three lining choices available at the time of this writing.

Upcycled Patchwork Zipper Pouch on Etsy

Patchwork Zipper Pouch

Patchwork Zipper Pouch

Patchwork Zipper Notions Pouch

Corral those small items in style! These pouches are the perfect size for sewing/knitting notions, a few cosmetics, or sunglasses.

Each bag exterior is pieced from multiple shades of up-cycled denim jeans. Interior of bag is fully lined with a tiny seafoam tone-on-tone dot quilting cotton and are topped with a sturdy black polyester coil zipper.

Please note that each bag is unique. The photo is a general representation of fabric placement – it may vary slightly from bag to bag. Also, shade of denim may vary from light to dark and may not match photo exactly.

Dimensions (approximate): 8 1/4” wide x 4” high

Created by hand in my smoke-free home.

Care: Spot clean only with cold water and mild detergent. Air dry.

Check them out at worksmith.etsy.com!

 

Yarn Along – 2/8/17

February 8, 2017

Is it Wednesday again already? I can barely keep up!

I started a new pair of socks this week out of some handspun.

Yarn Along - 2/8/17

I found the fiber through someone I follow on Instagram. Her Etsy shop is Treadle Handspun Yarns. She sells bags of multi-colored fiber mini-nests she calls Tiddly Bits. I fell in love with the idea of creating my own color progression, one lovely shade after another.

I spun for a fingering weight for socks, Navaho plying to keep the color repeats clean and distinct. Really happy with how it turned out!

I am using the stitch pattern from the Vanilla Latte Socks, but knitting toe-up as usual. I had to reduce my stitch count because the yarn weight was on the heavy side as a 3-ply. So fun to see each new color appear!

I am in-between books at the moment, but I will fill you in next week as I start something new!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

Yarn Along – 2/1/17

February 1, 2017

I may not have finished my socks, but I wrapped up two books and an audio book this week!

First up, I finished The Red Notebook, by Antoine Laurain. Charming, short little read. Lovely story. Great pace. Highly recommend.

Secondly, the ebook version expired from the library before I could finish The Beautiful Mystery. It is book eight in the Inspector Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny. 

I do enjoy this series, but I find the books that take place outside of Three Pines are not my favorite. This one takes place in a remote monastery. The idea of the story is interesting – murder in a closed community of monks – but I had trouble getting into it. The pace was slow. I finally got a print copy from the library so I could finish it and the ending was a bit of a shocker! Interesting turn to the overarching story, but man, it made me sad. But I do want to find out what happens next, so I guess Louise Penny knows what she is doing!

Thirdly, yes there is a thirdly, I finished the audio version of Among the Mad, by Jacqueline Winspear. This is number six in the Maisie Dobbs series. I like a series! The audio versions of these books are very well done. This story was good, but I did realize that I have an aversion in a mystery when part of the story is told from the viewpoint of the killer. I don’t like that at all! This has a bit of that, but not enough to put me off it entirely.

I feel so accomplished! Three books! Weird how it worked out they all finished at the same time! I have a feeling it has something to do with the chaotic political climate. Books are a welcome break… then it is back to staying informed and planning useful action.

Yarn Along - 2/1/17

Socks are handspun and the pattern is Socks on a Plane, but with an afterthought heel. Two heels and I’m done with these puppies! 

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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