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Bead it, bag it


So here’s the reason I was silent online for a fortnight and a day: I kept myself busy making this little trifle. Which is less of a trifle given the fact that I started out with flat material, a lenght of cord, a needle, thread and two boxes of Czech glass beads. Yup, that’s right: Each and every single one of the beads on this bag is sewn on by hand.

I’m rather pleased with the result, I have to admit. I wanted it to look random in it’s pattern, and I followed a meandering trail traced in tailor’s chalk before I began beading.

That’s not saying I didn’t beat myself on the head a few times in the process. What was I thinking using the really small beads and tracing such a long trail? And did they really all need two stitches to fasten them securely?

The answer is I was thinking how it would end up looking. And I like it. It was worth it.


Snip, snip – there’s nothing to see

One of those weeks. Progress on regular crafts is slow due to work, a slump in energy, book editing, social calls et c.

Like the one to a friend. She is a grade school teacher and also has a minor business selling shopping bags made of jute: Environmentally friendly shopping bags

However, the seamstresses in Bangladesh did not quite live up to her standards when fastening the handles. Which means re-sewing them on.

This in turn meant getting me to snip off the ends of thread. So this is another week of little to show. Except one thing: Notice the bag that’s photographed on a background of floor and striped socks? Those socks are my doing.