Summer last year Pretzel Boy went on a school trip to London, for which he needed a small day bag. Well I decided I wouldn’t buy one, I’d make him one, something just the right size for a day of walking around London.
My idea was to create a bag suitable for an explorer / adventurer, which I believe he was quite happy with. It is a small shoulder bag with a zip close main section and small front pocket, with a top flap to cover both. This was created with no pattern just an idea of what I wanted to achieve.
The outer of the bag is a poly suede, which feels really great. The inside is from the left overs of the Jedi Cloak, giving it a look of being much bigger than it is. Oh and I up-cycled a nice chunky zip from an old jacket of his.
For me the hardest thing about setting up a blog to share my creations on has been actually getting the blog set up with names and pictures etc. so it actually looks good. I find this a little ironic as technically making a blog is very easy for me, but I think maybe I’m a little fussy about how websites look, having made so many now and having seen and used so many bad ones too!
It started with the simple photo of my sewing table and various bits and pieces to use as a banner and cover pic (for Facebook).
But then I needed a profile picture too, for The Bendy Knitter I made a simple set of logos but I didn’t really feel like having that brand type feel.
I decided I wanted to create something by hand that I could photograph and so the sewing nest was created. Unfortunately I didn’t have the foresight to take photos as I created it but here are a couple of large pictures of my nest.
I already had the name for the blog decided on months ago so it felt natural to try and make what I hope looks like a nest into my logo/profile/favicon. If you look carefully you will see all the fabrics that I have used on various creations in the last year, my table looked an awful mess yesterday as I tipped out all my scraps and selvedges.
I started tying knots and weaving bits here and there until it slowly built up – with a little help from a bowl for some shaping. As I worked on it I remembered all the projects I’d used the fabric for and laughed at how I’d kept these seemingly useless scraps. I felt more like a magpie collecting shiny and colourful things than a peregrine, but I think that’s a habit most crafty people have.
I won’t be just putting my little nest aside to get dusty on a shelf, I think it’ll see plenty of use having all the bits of projects I’m working on popped in it instead of leaving them to roll of the table as I sew. Maybe the photo of it full of threads and bobbins is quite accurate.