After quite a few emails, and my futile attempt at trying to ignore them, Erika sucked me into the world of Japanese Crafting!! On one of my lunch breaks last week I picked up these:
The one on the left is "Bags & Specials with Applique Accents" ISBN 4834755371; the one on the right is nameless in English, however the ISBN is 4529040011. Both contain the *cutest* bag patterns and ideas. The only catch is, well, it is all in Japanese... I'm not kidding:
Erika and I are officially off our rockers! Luckily the diagrams are extremely detailed.
One of the ones I fell in love with (there are many)...
...(minus the pear bit)... I started last night after an New Year's afternoon jaunt to Joann's with Erika. First off - calculating and constructing the pattern pieces:
Yes, that is a cereal bowl... this is what happens when there isn't a protractor and compass to be found anywhere! (Guess what kids, you really do need them in real life!) DH and I searched high and low for the perfect circle that would fit... and it ended up being the bowl.
After completing the pattern pieces:
It was time to cut the fabric!
I decided on a different applique, a flower that was on another bag. So, it was off to Joann's again to pick up felt and yarn:
And after more construction of pattern pieces and some spray adhesive:
But that's not all... there is hand embroidered embellishments on the front of the bag as well as on the flower. Here it is a couple of hours later:
And, well, after a few more hours, more sewing, ironing on of interfacing, more hand embroidery, I have this:
Anti-climatic, I know... but my fingers really could not take it anymore! Jamming a larger size needle threaded with yarn into multiple layers of fabric and felt is literally brutal on the fingers... mine are just throbbing! I need a break. But, don't worry, she's just about done... one more line of hand stitches on the handle, and the sewing machine construction, then she will be finished!
This is just one of MANY I want to make. Thanks a lot Erika - I need another obsession like I need a hole in the head!