I love hand sewing. Binding a quilt by hand is always one of my favourite parts. I love that feeling of accomplishment I get from doing something the old fashioned way.
It's also really great to have some hand sewing projects ready for days when you can't get to your sewing machine. I wish I had prepared some projects for my road trip to and from Ottawa this Christmas!
Fuelled by the desire to sew in the car, in front of the tv, and among the ladies at work every Tuesday at lunchtime (seriously! There is a group of awesome women who book a conference room to knit! And they've asked me to join them if I could only find something I can work on by hand!) I was determined to get better acquainted with the world of hand sewing.
For Christmas I received a number of really cool books: one of which was another beautiful Japanese Pattern Book called "Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics". As with most Japanese Pattern Books, the first half of the book is filled with a collection of beautifully photographed chic and clean designs, followed by the pattern pieces and instructions that never cease to give me a slight headache. This is my normal reaction to all Japanese Pattern Books. It takes a little time to decipher everything, but I've learned to appreciate the efficiency in their instructions.
The book has a ton of really cute totes, purses, bags -- all designed and instructed as hand sewing projects. I decided to give the "eco bag" a go with some fabric from Lizzy House's new collection "The Lovely Hunt". It even folds up into the pocket so you can stash it away for emergencies. I love the hand stitching details. I love that I sewed most of it in my living room while chatting with my husband. I love that I can cut up a new bag pattern and bring it to work for a lunchtime knitting-sewing pow-wow!
The upcoming Winter Retreat has an asian comfort theme. I'm serving up some asian comfort food to combat the chilly winter blues, and I'm toting my collection of Japanese Pattern Books for guests to join me in sewing up some simple, comfy garments or handmade bags and purses. If you're looking for a weekend winter getaway, I've still got spots left for the retreat! Click here for registration, early bird price ends January 15th.
Ooo. And here's a thought:
Over the years, I've had guests from Ottawa and Montreal travel to the retreat by train. The trip is a comfortable ride to Cobourg station with a shuttle service to and from the Farmhouse. Imagine a fun hand sewing project that you could work on while on the train??