Thankyou for all the get well wishes. I am back at work and feeling much better than last week. I have an energetic job so when I get home I can't get much sewing done until I feel a bit more up to speed. I did fancy a quick fix instant gratification make. I bought this months Mollie Makes magazine, mainly for the tiny coin purse frame kit on the front. At £4.99 an issue, it is at the pricier end of the magazine market. I blindly cut my fabrics out following the instructions and cutting round the templates , I then realised there would be no lining, the seams would be visible on the inside and the whole thing would be too flimsy for coins. So I abandoned the sparse and slightly inadequate instructions and made it using previous purse making knowledge- see U-handbag for great purse tutorials.
Suzuko Koseki fabric and a little stamping with versacraft ink.
The lining is Kei dots. The coins give you an idea of scale, this is a tiny purse.
I am not a great craft magazine buyer. UK magazines are often aimed at beginner sewers and have great aspirational lifestyle pictures but projects with often rather limited usage or not the best instructions. If I had been new to sewing and had made the purse how they suggested I would have been rather sad about the result. The crafting tradition and maybe a larger market to see to in USA and Japan leads to more adventurous magazines with a variety of projects for a greater range of abilities. Don't get me wrong, Mollie Makes is very pretty but there is the edge of whimsy that pushes me over the edge- I am a little irritable at the moment and "things that have been made with love last longer" as a caption was going too far for me.
I have had a week of frustrating tech which has compounded my grumpiness. My phone is a Blackberry- I just got it fixed and then the Blackberry crash has made it inoperable for most of this week. I also working on my first paper pieced pattern for sale on Etsy and drawing the pieces has been fiendishly hard in Word! I have now sussed it, publication is imminent and I promise Damian that I will be a loveable person to live with once more and not a raging, irritable old bag x