Okay, so I might be able to traverse high mountains and deep gullies on a muddy trail, wrestle with 3 metre Brown Snakes, out run a big Red Kangaroo, and run lunatic trails with Susi No Bum and the Twisted Sisters in all weathers. But I cannot, I repeat cannot stitch and sew a bloody handbag from Amy Butler's latest book, " Style Stitches ".
The bag in question " Miss Maven Ruffled Handbag " looked easy enough, but what I failed to see in the directions was " for experienced stitchers only " and " idiots should not attempt ".
All went well until I got to the handles and then things went seriously pear shaped. I stitched and unpicked, stitched and unpicked, profanities were profuse and said bag was sent into orbit across the stitching room. When all else fails, blame Madame Bernina and she was threatened with this ------
Miss Frilly Bloody Impossible Bag was at risk of being used for Target Practice !!!!
When things go wrong just aim and FIRE.
This is how I dream of sewing, serene and relaxed and it's so never going to happen.
Just when Amy Butler and her book were receiving the venom of my spleen along came DF Leanne from The Stitching Room.
Leanne to the rescue.
With Leeanne's help this was the final result. Ta dah . A bag which can be used and whose life was saved by an experienced stitcher.
Of course I am still stitching up a storm with my hand sewing as part of the Crazy January Challenge.
Another finish " Ira Ray Crow " from The Goode Huswife.
A freebie from an unknown source.
My Sister's completed Pink Basket.
Next project for the Crazy January challenge to be stitched.
I also love this book by the Blackbird Design Girls and have chosen to do the Hexagon pin board as another project for the January challenge.
The Hexagon pin up board in progress.
A Lizzie Kate finish, block 2 of the Green Flip it Series.