Saturday, 7 April 2012

Some finishes...

Hi everyone,
It has been a busy week this week, I have been on holiday from work and trying to catch up with lots of housework, studying, stitching and finishing.

I started stitching some Alphabet ornaments for Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  She is a very talented lady who not only designs, dyes her own trims and threads, she also creates handcarved frames for her motto samplers.  You can find Nancy's beautiful goodies on ebay and also check out her blog as she has always got fantastic giveaways.  Here is the first letter I stitched, which was 'F' of course.  I made a needlebook, pin pillow and fob.  Everything was stitched using Nancy's flosses, which are with the stitched pieces in the first photograph and finished using her trims, except for the lace on the pin pillow.

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Letter 'F' Ornament Collection
Letter 'F' fob/ornament

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Forget Me Not pin pillow

All three designs were a pleasure to stitch and finish.  I am working on the letter 'E' at the moment and am just now trying to figure out how to finish them.

Yesterday I was sitting at my sewing machine and this is what I managed to produce.  I used an oddment of Harris Tweed in a Black Watch design and some Moda sampler fabric from the Maderia collection from a few years back for the lining.  It has 3 internal pockets and I think it turned out pretty well, even if I do say so myself.  I was thinking of trying to sell it on Esty, what do you all think?  I asked DH and the boys how much I should charge, well that was successful.  I should have known better than to ask a bunch of men about how much a bag costs.

Harris Tweed shoulder bag
Close up of the Harris Tweed, Black Watch design
The lining, Moda Maderia Sampler Fabric in Green

If you have made it this far in my post, I hope you have enjoyed the photographs of my finishes.  I love reading your comments and would really love reading your feedback on my shoulder bag.



  1. Such pretty ornaments and I love your bag!

  2. I agree that Nancy is a pure talent! And your stitching is really pretty. What a great bag - talk about having talent... You do to!

  3. I love the bag Fiona....just gorgeous.That would be hard to decide how much to sell it for. I love the way you finished the ornaments too. Thanks you so much for helping me with these. What a shame we live so far apart!

  4. I love the blue colors used for your ornaments. Great finishing as well. I'm not sure I could part with the bag you made.

  5. Fiona, I love all your small finishes. They are wonderful.

  6. Love all those finishes Fiona!! Great job~~~

  7. Lovely stitching Fiona, and lovely bag you have a real talent.

    Happy Easter.

  8. I like the shoulder bag, Fiona. I love the colors too. For sellers of handmade items, there's a formula for figuring out prices You figure up the cost of your materials, and you add an additional thirty percent. (Multiply you total amount (i.e. ten dollars) by .3 to figure out thirty percent. Add your original cost to the thirty percent figure, and you have your total. Simple.) LOL, I use a calculator for my calculations, cause I'm horrible at math. I love the colors in your stitching too. Blue is one of my faves, so it's no wonder that I like it. Grats on the finishes (all of them).

  9. Hi, returning the following.
    Thanks for taking part in the Easter Treasure Hunt.
    I love your stitching for Nancy's ornament series and the finishing looks great. Not one of my talents sadly.
    I have a friend who makes bags from recycled leather, she charges between £25 and £40 which most people seem happy to pay.

  10. Terrific! Well,I love blue and I love Victorian Motto floss and designs, so your beautiful job of them is GORGEOUS!!! Your bag is beautiful, the colors are fantastic. I really don't know anything about selling handmades. I guess I would go to ebay and see what similar bags are selling for and go from there.

  11. Beautiful finishes and I LOVE your bag!

  12. Hello

    Just found your lovely blog.

    Your bag is great!

    Your finishes are so pretty1

  13. Thanks for visiting my blog. I've added you to my Google Reader and will definitely be back :) I love how you've finished F. That needlebook and fob is so pretty but I love your pinpillow best. That delicate lace on it adds an elegance.

    I'm not too sure about pricing handmade stuff as I've not sold any of my handmade items before but I was asking a friend the other day about perhaps selling my bird pouch on Etsy and she suggested that I take the materials cost times three. Not sure if that's too much though.


  14. Love those ornies and the bag is wow, clever you!

    I think a good price would be in the region of £15 to £18 as it's not that big.. go for it and see what you can sell it for. There is a market out there for anything hand made and British..

    Chris xx

  15. Hi Fiona, I have found your blog through Melissa's. You have such lovely stitchings, I am a fan of BBD's too. That shoulder bag you made is just fantastic! what a great pattern!

  16. You made such beautiful ornamenst! And your bags are lovely!

  17. You have a lovely blog ,I like a BBD-designes too!

  18. All your stitching projects are soo very lovley. I love all your work and your bags you made:) love Annette