Have been quite a while since I last updated my blog. I have been engross with other stuff in life. Hopefully, I'll have more crafting time in the coming new year. Anyway, yesterday I have just finished sewing a sling bag called 'Buckets Gone Wild! Bought this pattern from Simplicity but I've made it with some changes to suit my taste and needs and am very pleased with the result! This morning I used it for the 1st time when I had to do some errant. I just loveeeee it!
Yesterday, I had a great time attending a free workshop organised for Bernina owners by Bernina Malaysia. There were six of us :
learning to make this book cover, front :
Fast and simple, but the project teaches us different ways to make the best use of our machines. Imagine after owning my Aurora 440 for a few years, now only I discover some functions that I never knew my machine has, LOL! Nevertheless, I've enjoyed the day very much, had great fun, learning and chatting with a group of crafters. Thanks to Agnes Chan, our teacher at Bernina and to Kelvin Chan of Bernina, Malaysia.
Was caught by a high crochet fever lately. Brought a lot of books, both English and Chinese (even when I can't read them) ones! Also brought lots of Minlon yarns (when I keep telling myself that I'm on a stash diet!) and have taught myself to crochet a few small items :
Two beanies for my son, a scarf and a hat for myself. Had a hard, unpicking many times before I could get it done. Not sure where did I go wrong even when I've properly follow the pattern on the book.........could be the yarn I used! Wish I have a 'Si-Fu' to teach me :(
I have started a quilt back in 2006. It was meant for my elder son but unfortunately have left it unfinished all these years! Recently, with my best friend, Amara's encouragement, I've finally took it out of my UFO (unfinished object) basket and started working hard on it! And this time, I've manage to complete it at last !!!
I somehow, had lots of mood this time and manage to complete it with 'umph'! And the best thing is, my elder son is coming home to use it! Wow, I'm so happy and felt very satisfying job done!
About two weeks ago, I was having some gastric attacks that made me feel dizzy. And had to lay down and do nothing but rest, Nevertheless, before I fell ill, I managed to finish sewing this nice long shape bag that I called "Three's Company". Now that I'm much better I'll like to blog about it.....Its long (about 18 inches) because I wanted to have the entire picture on it. Felt wasted to have to cut at the three girls' waist, LOL! Because I loveeeeee the picture on this fabric!
At the back, I put in four big pockets! I loveeeeee pockets!
Inside, I learned to sew a nice big zip pocket in the middle of the bag. So glad, it turn out okay.....
And a nice little pouch for all your knick-knacks......
all sew with matching fabrics...black and whites. I used to dislike black......but now, I'm beginning to fell in love with the colour, LOL!
I've participated in a Valentine's Exhange for the first time. It is organised by a Yahoo stitching group that I've joined (some years ago) called NNC. My partner happen to be Nik who gave me an Embroideried Needle book (with some pins and needles inside too) a lovely pincushion and some heart shaped stickers . I love them all and here's are some picture of it :
Inside the book are some needles :
and some pins
and here is what I've made for her in returned :
Its a towel holder in pink (cos she likes pink) and a moroon colour hand towel.
plus some zip, button maker, fabric I brought from America and some ribbon. I hope she likes what I''ve selected for her.......
I've lots of sewing projects that I've left unfinished over the years. And I told myself to finish them up when I've more time. So, during the recent long school holidays in November and December 2010, I am glad I've manage to get some done. And here it is :
I call this the 'Flower Bag' as it has eight flowers (four on each side).
This is the 'Oriental Bag' cos it has a 'cheong sam' look.
This is Sun Bonnet Sue that I've learned to applique a few years ago. I've now finally finished it up into a little bag!
The back looks like this:
And it comes with a matching zipper pouch.
Another of my half done project is this sewing box. I'm very pleased with how the box turned out :)