By Hanna Niven, May 19 2014 05:18PM
What starts as a seed of an idea wiggles and jiggles about in my head until I just can't resist and have to reach for a hook and a ball of wool............this one was no different!
This did however take a little longer as though I knew in my mind what I wanted to do I'd never done and/or seen the stitch worked before (if you have do let me know as maybe it already exists and I just didn't find it!). Thus began the trying stage of this project (trying in every aspect of the word I tell you!!) but after lots of frogging and pattern making - huzzah – the little purses finally came to life!!
I'd seen the 'Cascade 220' yarn before and had drooled many a time over all the beautiful colours....but never seeing a reason to buy it I'd resisted like the very good girl that I am!! So naturally when this idea came along I jumped on the 'Casade 220' wagon with relish, bought a rainbow selection and waited excitedly for Mr Postie to drop off the yarn. It arrived in skeins and the colours were even more beautiful in reality than they were on the tinternet!! I spent a number of happy evenings winding the yarn into balls on my great grandmother's yarn umbrella thingy (still don't know the actual name for those things!) and then the fun began!
I've made purses before, rainbow purses,, but I've never lined them, this time I decided I would and have picked some super duper contrasting colours to go alongside the purses in keeping with my love of everything bright!!
Now those of you who know me well know that maths are I aren't so close, numbers just get all muddled up in my head, and so with the help of my trusty calculator and good old newspaper (that's how my mum used to make all her patterns!) I worked out the dimensions, cut the pattern (anyone else get slightly nervous making that first snip into a freshly bought bit of fabric?) and started sewing!
Before adding the lining I attached a matching coloured zip to the crochet part of the purse and then with delicate little stitches that even the Tailor of Gloucester would be proud of I fitted the lining.
I decided to use natural wood for the zip pull for the purses and I really like the contrast of the two different materials. For the next week or so as I wandered about the fields with Muxu I looked along the hedgerows for perfect branches and twigs. I cut them into 'zip pull sized bits,' sanded the edges, drilled a hole for the leather cord and then rubbed them with coconut oil (I just happened to have some lying around and thought it would add a lovely smell!) I experimented with different coloured leather cord but I think the black works best and really sets off the wood against the yarn!
Et Voila.............a rainbow purse is born!!!
I'm really pleased with how they have worked, it's always so satisfying when something comes out your mind and actually looks like how you hoped it would!!
Now that the collection is growing I just love seeing the colours of the fabrics and yarns together!
I can quite easily see me finding excuses to buy more of this yarn now............ and well if I do that I'll just have to buy more fabric too!! Oh the hardships!!
I'm thinking washbags next - what do you think? x