Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Here a Stitch, There a Stitch


Do you have unfinished projects laying around the house? I sure do! I started this bag a couple of weeks ago....I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I thought I would curl up on the couch nice and cozy, under a warm quilt and embroider some stitching on this bag front that I had already cut out. It turned out to be the perfect project for me on that particular night.


I loved the design of this fabric and purposely cut the bag out with a center motif. I thought some stitching would accent the medallion nicely. It had been a while since I tackled embroidery on a bag....if you follow me regularly you may remember this bag from some time ago that I made for a friend:


Link to the blog post is: Handmade with Love


This was the first time that I did some embroidery work on one of my bags. Though it is hard to really appreciate in the photo, it added a nice touch to the bag, a quilted effect that I really loved. So I thought I would give it another try on this new bag.


I tried a few different colored doilies for the center in beiges and browns but the pale aqua doily looked the best. I think it really brings out the aqua in the fabric.


At first I was only going to embroider the aqua lines. Then when I was done, I wondered what it would look like if I also embroidered the gold lines. Then of course, I was curious how some dark brown stitching would look in the mix. So it became a much more time consuming project than I had originally planned but I really was happy with the end results. It's amazing how a few french knots and some outline stitching can add so much to an existing design on fabric.


So this bag has been sitting on my dining room table for about two weeks waiting to be top stitched and the inside opening (for turning right-side out) to be stitched closed. It's been such a busy couple of weeks that I did not even have time to get to it. Last night I made up my mind to complete it once and for all. It took so little time and now it is finally done. (Please forgive the color in some of these photos, it's been dark and gloomy for days on end so the lighting if way off!)



I rewarded myself with a nice hot cup of tea! Yes, my tea cup package arrived yesterday afternoon and I now have a lovely new tea cup, a new tea that I tried and loved and other goodies that will be revealed when Stephanie (The Enchanting Rose) puts up her reveal post for the latest Tea Cup and Mug Swap! Coming soon sometime in April.....so stay tuned!

Enjoy the rest of your week friends!

18 comments:

  1. Wow Linda! This is a true gem! Love the handstitching on the bag, I agree it adds such a special extra touch that just takes the bag over the top. I love the colors in the fabric and how you chose the blue doily.

    How wonderful that you got your tea package! I have gotten mine too, and I am enjoying it so much. It is so much fun to be part of this exchange :) Hugs to you today!

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    1. Thank you Marilyn! Always love and appreciate your visits and kind remarks! Yes, love my new tea cup and I received a new tea that I have never tried and it's very good! Yes, the swap is so much fun! Looking forward to seeing your goodies! XO

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  2. Linda, your bags are so wonderful, and I love the embroidery on both of them- beautiful details . Dorthe, xox

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    1. Thank you so much! So nice to hear from you Dorthe! I'll have to stop by to see what you've been up to!!! xo

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  3. Good Morning Linda,
    I hope that you are feeling better, I am sorry that you have been under the weather.
    However, it looks like you put your time of recuperation to good work! This is beautiful and I enjoyed reading about the process of your decision to do what you did. I have some of your projects in my home and I will testify to the quality and beauty of each one!
    Hugs my friend!
    Jemma

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    1. Hello my friend,
      Thank you, I was just feeling off that one evening, was fine the very next day...lol, you call it a process, I call it madness!!! I am a very bad decision maker! ...and thank you for your sweet comments Jemma! Hugs to you too!

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  4. I love the fabric with the two birds! Enjoy your new tea cup and tea my friend. Take care of yourself! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Hello Diane! Hope all is well....yes i loved that fabric too and it is one of my favorite bags!!! Thanks for stopping by especially given all that you are going through....thinking of you!!! xo

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  5. Good Looking bag for sure, I love embroidery work, when I was very young I got interested in embroidery and love to embellish anything with it even greeting cards

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    1. Hi Janice,
      Thank you so much Janice! Embroidery adds so much and its easy....can be time consuming too depending on how much you do but it always add some old fashioned charm to whatever you add some stitched to! Thanks for dropping by! xo

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  6. You have such a beautiful blog and your talent here shines. I had to stop by and say hello. Have a wonderful day! HUGS

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  7. Linda, I thought this was a piece of tapestry fabric you made into a bag. It is so rich looking with so much depth. Now I understand you got that effect through your embroidery. Very luxurious!

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  8. You did a totally fabulous job with all the stitching of the bag, it really gives it that extra something special that is for sure and turned out terrific!! Hope you soon get some sunny days, we have had a bit of rain lately and gloomy days but they say we need it so it is a good thing:)

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  9. I love how the embroidery accents the design, Linda! I'm so sorry that you've not felt well. I'm sure that receiving your teacup package cheered you up. I received my package last week and have been enjoying my teacup and gifts. Take care...love and hugs!

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  10. Your bags turned out beautifully! The doily is perfect and the stitching really adds a lovely touch. A new teacup is such a delight. Sending hugs xo Karen

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  11. I have to say, I thought the same thing that Dewena did. Beautiful work!

    xo
    rue

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  12. I love your pretty bag, Linda. Enjoy your new tea cup. xo Laura

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  13. Hi Linda, wow what a beautiful work of art with the stitch work on this bag. It really gives such a pretty detailed accent. The accents look so designer with rich style!! I hope you are feeling better now. Even sick you create gorgeous works!!! Enjoy your teacup. I did a mug this time and mine was here when we got home from vacation. Oh what a treat to receive and I've been enjoying it very much. Have a nice evening and week ahead. xo

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