What Are You Stitching?

26th May 2023

When we released the Ready-To-Stitch Kits for Inspirations issue #118, the ‘Elysium: Tote Bag’ was so popular, our kit department was kept very busy trying to meet the demand! What is it about the humble tote that makes us come back for more? Is it the straightforward construction? Being something different to stitch? Or maybe the infinite practical uses?

While we ponder such mysteries, here is this week’s What Are You Stitching? featuring bags that have been created with the needles and threads of the Inspirations Community…

Jane Page

‘I just had to show you my latest project. I made the bag from my beloved late husband’s favourite cotton moleskin shirt. I had turned the collar ages ago but the fabric of the shirt was in really good condition so I wanted to keep it and came up with this bag.’

‘I then tossed around ideas like creating a design featuring oak leaves when suddenly inspiration struck – a Jay bird! Not only does the bird represent my initial J, they also eat acorns, so I worked without a pattern following the colours from a bird identification book and finished the bag with a covered bead ‘acorn’. I am so pleased with my labour of love.’

Pleased you should be, Jane! What a fantastic project to honour your husband. The shape you have chosen to construct your bag is wonderful and we just love the acorn.

Josi Murnaghan

‘Just spotted the project Breath of Spring by Laurence Lieblich and Béatrice Andreae in All Stitched Up! #377.  Thought you’d like to see the version I’ve just completed.’

‘I used colourfast paint at the bottom to give an illusion of grass.’ 

Such a great idea Josi to take this design and use it for this gorgeous bag! We particularly love the playful butterflies fluttering away at the top.

Patty Park

‘Here is some of my past work from the publication Embroidered Bags & Purses. What a great book!’

From the beautiful Casalguidi work you’ve stitched to perfection to the exquisite construction, we’re sure you’ve had plenty of use from this wonderful bag. Thank you for sharing, Patty, we love it. 

Have you stitched a bag? Do you like tote bags? Where do you wear your stitched bags when they are finished?

Whatever you are stitching, we’d love to see it! Email photos of what you’ve created with needle and thread along with a few details about your stitching journey to news@inspirationsstudios.com 

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