Saturday 23 August 2014

Redwork Challenge

I recently signed up for a red work challenge through an online craft group - each person was matched with others in the group based on which country we lived in. The organiser sent out the list of names & without knowing our connection, she had matched me with my great friend & business partner Sam from Four Red Hens!
We could make anything we wanted for our swap partner as long as it included some red work.
Putting on my thinking cap, I settled upon the idea of making Sam a craft bag to pop her crochet, knitting or stitching in for taking with her when out & about. The choice for each part of the bag also conveys special meaning reflecting the journey Sam & I have been on in the past year as we spend time crafting & doing life together.
I chose the red work stitchery pattern from a little book (When A Bird Sings - Barbara Smith designs 2012) I picked up when we travelled to Melbourne earlier this year for our Let's Get Stitched weekend. The choice of thread was easy, we are both loving the Cherry Blossom colour from Cottage Garden Threads (wonderful hand dyed threads from right here is Australia).
After finishing the stitching I auditioned several fabrics to construct the bag. Another easy choice - the outer fabric is one of Rosalie Quinlan's - another favourite designer & reminder of our time at Urban Stitches. Both the outer & lining fabric were purchased at our local patchwork shop, Kim Bradley Creations.
Inside I added some pockets for crochet hooks & scissors, just enough of the outer fabric strips left to cut to size for the pockets.

 I also added a crocheted granny square to the back of the bag - a reminder of our recent fun afternoon learning crochet (love how it compliments the pattern of the fabric too) at Kim's shop.

A few hours later & a snazzy little craft bag ready for Sam.

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