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Patchwork tote

We all know about the evils of plastic bags … aside from their inherent ugliness, and the fact that they cut into your hands something beastly when they’re full, the environmental impact outweighs all of these by some distance. Their manufacture is carbon intensive, they take hundreds of years to degrade in landfill, and they’re a menace to flora and fauna if dropped and left to blow around the place.

How about an attractive alternative?

Patchworked from reclaimed denim and corduroy jeans, this tote is a monochrome dream with a flash of purple to lift it out of sombre winter dullness … purple silk trim around the top and on the handles, and an abstract machine-embroidered floral design to complement the colour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve left pocket details from the original garments on each end of the bag … handy little receptacles for phones, keys, and the other small but vital bits and pieces that inevitably sink to the bottom of big bags!

It’s lined in a sturdy black cotton … I love the way the purple embroidery really pops colour on the black … and it makes the bag reversible, should you fancy a change of mood.

But would you want to, with these gorgeous, sweetly patterned, appliqued cotton jersey roses on the outside?

And look … another pocket on the front …

I love this bag … it’s costing me a real pang to part with it! But it’s available right now in my Etsy shop – a completely unique, one of a kind bag that’s practical, stylish and environmentally friendly.

Working small and slow

Getting back into the swing of things after a wretched couple of weeks … the cold I had developed into a full-blown flu that laid me out for the best part of a week, and then, just when I thought things were starting to pick up, the muscle in my neck and shoulder seized up and I got to spend another week alternating between total agony and medicated blankness.

I’m still feeling slow, and because RSI might be a contributing factor to the shoulder problem, I’m working small and in short bursts before I get back to working on the bigger, detailed pieces … and so, some little monochrome corsages in linen and lace.

fabric corsages - winter monochromes in linen and lace

 

 

floral corsage - winter rose

 

fabric corsage ... white linen cockade

You can see these and more in my Etsy shop … or if you’d like a bespoke service, please do contact me