Tuesday, 12 August 2014

WOYWW - Stitching Frenzy !

Well you may remember this from last week - the promise of stitching !
Well - the football season literally kicked off - and so with Much Beloved happily otherwise engaged, and the down-pouring remnants of Hurricane Bertha sweeping across the country on Sunday, I got back to crafting !
This weekend was about practical stitching !

I set about making bags for our holiday next month - a large tote in the waterproof oilcloth to carry towels etc and a couple of cushions for the sun-loungers !

And with the Cotton version of the fabric I made my first Duffel style bag - I had never set eyelets or made the threaded tubes for the cords before - so this was great fun !
And with the scraps I made an Oilcloth pouch - first zip I have inserted in years !! - a splash proof Kindle cover and a small pouch - not sure what this is for yet !

And as a break from stitching I did a couple of Journal 52 pages ...
The topic of this page is Nostalgia - I have this odd sensation at this time of year - even before Summer is passed I am missing it already !
This page allowed me to express how I feel ...

And this Topic is Friendship .. I saw this Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed Media Doll in a gift shop & couldn't really warrant buying it as I wouldn't know where to put it - but I did like it and decided I would borrow the image for a Journal page !

Oh and just one last project started - I found this out-sized MDF Fob Watch from the MDF man at Newbury last month - and used an embossing folder from the Chronology range to create a textured surface which I have just started to alter ..

"Watch" this space - sorry really couldn't resist the pun !
Take care
Ali xx


  1. Good heavens! You have been making up for lost time! Those sewn items look so professional! The journals look so good and I am "Watching" this space!

  2. gorgeous sewing! love your big fob watch - wonder what you'll do next! Helen not published yet, lol!

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  4. Ali, I take my hat off to you. Oil cloth defeated me and here you are just whipping the items up! Great work and that print is brilliant!
    Hugs, LLJ 12 xx

  5. Oh, such nice little bags, and so practical. Years since I did zippers too. I am sure I couldn't. I am so glad you took time to do art journal page, and they are wonderful! I need to get back to doing some! #34

  6. Great collection of bags and it must of been hard to sew through the oil cloth. What a great job.
    Sandra de @33

  7. Wow you have been busy!!!!
    Love all the sewing iteams you have made for the holiday ... Fabulous
    Jackie 16

  8. Wow clever girl!! Love your stitched items - esp the 'duffel bag - so cool!! Happy WOYWW Cindy #57

  9. wow Ali you have been busy, all those bags are brilliant, I can only sew in a straight line!!
    Jan S no 55

  10. Gosh haven't you been busy with the sewing, lots of super bags for your hols. Hope you have the wonderful weather to go with them
    Chris #63

  11. Wow, these bags look so cool. I am very bad in sewing, so I admire everybody who can do that. Good job!
    Gabriele 29

  12. Love all the made to measure bags. BJ#69

  13. Really cute fabric and great journal page. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #54

  14. For a busy person, you sure achieved a lot this week. Love all your projects and can't wait to see the watch finished.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #41

  15. Hi Ali, my, but you have been busy - you made all that in one week, fantastic! The seaside pattern is lovely. Look forward to seeing how you finish of the fob watch. Hope you have a great week. Elizabeth x #45

  16. Wow, you had a busy day! Glad that the oilcloth stitching went so well, I thought it was quite hard to use, so well done you!

  17. That is a lot of sewing you have been doing. Looks like a store bought set happy woyww hugs Nikki 5

  18. I love that cloth and everything you made from it is beautiful and so practical! Journal pages are wonderful. Kudos on a very productive week : D. #4

  19. What a great collection off bags. Love how you made a complete set and even used up the scraps. Very resourceful! Excellent first attempt at a duffle as well!
    Thanks for our visit
    Have fun week
    Gillian #34

  20. Hi Ali,

    Your sewing projects look great! Was sewing on oilcloth different from regular material? The waterproof Kindle cover will be very handy and I'm sure you'll figure out what to put in the small zippered pouch!

    Love your journal pages. I plan to keep up journaling now that I have the basics on how to create fun backgrounds.

    Thank you for visiting me already!
    Happy WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (14)

  21. awesome post Ali! Love the journal pages and that watch altering is already looking interesting! I think you did a alot of fun stuff with sewing in cotton and oil cloth...love the print. I haven't sewn in years but did break the machine out a couple weeks ago just to make sure it was still in the bag. Latest renewal of previous crafts is knitting...next week I might just give sewing a go! Have a great week and thanks for visiting my desk already today! Vickie