Vanda’s bag making workshop concluded

It was very interesting to see everyones stitching starting to take shape and by the end of the second day I had my relief work finished and was ready to start assembling and stitching my bag first thing on Sunday morning. 

Vanda's red bag and Chris's blue/grey bag in progress

I really liked the way we learnt how to use a type of herringbone stitch to join the back edges of the seams together (remember the seams are very thick, ten layers of wool!) and then used a different stitch to join the front edges, this should have been almost invisible but I think that I need a little more practice if not a lot!  Surprisingly I enjoyed this part of the sewing quite a bit, probably because I could really see my bag coming together and I have to say I was liking the result!!!  Once all the pieces were stitched together it was time to sew a fancy border around the top edge before making/attaching a cord or in my case leather handles.  I found the stitch for the top edge really impossible to get even and it was not doing anything for the bag so Vanda suggested making a cord instead (twisting threads together and allowing them to wrap back on themselves) which I did in a silvery grey and black wool.  Once this was in place all that remained was to add my leather handles, these were a GREAT find in Rhinebeck, more about my favourite suppliers from there in the next post!  All that remains now is to say a big thank you to Carmen for organising such a wonderful workshop, I will be back!!!

The finished bag!

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2 thoughts on “Vanda’s bag making workshop concluded

  1. Good morning Nicola,

    I’ve so enjoyed reading about Vanda’s workshop. It really does sound like a fascinating process. I can’t imagine all of the stitching that went into attaining those beautiful patterns. I was thinking that it was a two-day workshop, but sounds like it was three. Well, you’ve definitely conquered your fear of needle and thread. Guess I’d better get with it and jump on the bandwagon, too:-)

    Hope you’re finding some time to relax and enjoy the weekend.

    Hugs,
    Dawn

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