It's been one of those weeks where I've been working flat out on orders from the shop with very little time for making anything new, although my head is always working on something, whether it's a new design or a problem to solve. This week, most of my available head space has been devoted to a new storage case for fixed circular knitting needles, more of which next week.
Purses were the flavour of this making week,, many of which you've already seen here, but some you haven't – like this orange Harris Tweed purse, made from a twill woven by Christina's Harris Tweed:
This one is lined with one of my favourite Liberty prints in oranges and golds called, 'Patchwork Stories':
How Autumnal? Yes, it is creeping up on us, but not quite here yet! And here's a little purse that's all about Summer in my mind:
This is Liberty's 'Small Susanna' print, the epitome of a Summer floral. The next purse is from an entirely different dimension and is a super fun lucky cat purse:
I first made this cheery purse for a knitty friend called Helen, who loves to play Mahjong and wanted a cute purse to carry her playing money in. I lined the purse with some red Essex linen with a gold metallic thread, which echoed the metallic on the outer print but was particularly appropriate to the playing with money theme – may her purse always be full!
I spent a lot of time on little notions pouches again this week, but I also made one of my larger notions pouches too:
This is a Rifle Paper Co fabric with a gorgeous gold metallic highlight – isn't it pretty? You can definitely get more into this pouch than my newer little pouch, including a Chocolate power snack!
My surprise make of the week was this Liberty lawn Hesketh project bag, which I rarely make at this time of year – it's such an obviously Spring like bag and was a delight to make, as it always is – I adore this fresh green Essex Linen. So with this make, I managed to cover three seasons in one week!
My final make of the week was something I didn't actually make but sold out of this week and I now need to make another batch:
These tea bag cases are so useful for anyone who likes to take their own tea wherever they go, which is certainly me, whenever I do go out of the workroom… Although I make the majority of the pieces in my shop to order, for some reason, I prefer to make these in batches and have them in stock. I do really enjoy them – the fabrics are super cute, including an Essex Linen with iridescent metallic shimmer!
My Audible reading / listening this week was still 'Daughter of the Forest' by Juliet Marillier, which is a very long book! I have almost finished it now and I will be listening to the next in the series, although I feel rather torn about it because although I have enjoyed it, I have also gagged and sniggered a little here and there. It is so romantic and I am most definitely not that these days but still, my younger more romantic self who enjoyed these kinds of stories so much, seems to be holding sway. I was delighted to find an alternative book cover illustration from an Australian edition of this novel that is appropriately romantic – this is part of a Pre-Raphaelite paining by John William Waterhouse called 'Nymphs finding the Head of Orpheus' – perfect:-)