Happy New Year 2016

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” ~ “A Room of One’s Own”

2016 was another blur  of making. The beginning of this year i will be busy finishing off a few commissions. Making New Tweed, Floral and antique  Velvet Bags and Tweed Brooches for the stockists. Then its knitting to finish  for the Easter Charity Selling Bonanza to organise and do! Plus a busy Day job and homelife to juggle. Sometime in Spring /Summer the sewing machine zipper foot will be dug out to experiment and develop a new Make, in my signature style,  hopefully to launch Summer/Autumn. Although plans don’t always work out, so its all a vague plan and then i let it develop organically. Its worked so far! Sewing was always supposed to be a hobby to help me recover from Cancer treatment and all its side effects. It meant i met lots of interesting new people who are all gentle souls. Along the way people with retail outlets approached me to stock my makes and suddenly i had to register as a business and be slightly more organised. Although i am keeping it all at a gentle pace and sew in the afternoons in the Dining Room when the mood takes me. Lots of ideas are always buzzing around in my head, but life means they will never all happen. Photos of new makes to follow soon.

 

New for Autumn/Winter 2015, Purses/Makeup Bags

A busy Summer of ‘Treasure Hunting’ around the country for vintage fabrics and buttons and New Irish Tweeds, means i am now stocked up for the next year or more! Think i over purchased! A New product has now got underway and i am  currently making,  after several requests,  purses to go with my Bags. They are  now in production being made at the Dining Room table. They are all in various sizes and fabrics, no two the same. All with a leather flap and a vintage button fastener and lined in cottons and Liberty Tana lawn fabrics.  I will be busily making them and Bags for the next few months for my stockists as xmas orders for items have been placed! Having  just about made the Tweed Flower Brooch stock i will now be focusing on Purses and Bags. Here are a few preview photos. Also a New Stockist in Staffordshire from Friday, is The Suki  Craft Gallery, 14 High St, Tutbury, Staffordshire. The pics of Purses below are now in stock at this lovely shop.062 056 057 060 059

Spring Bag Makes 2015

A few photos of a selection of newly made bags for various commissions and for sale at ‘Focus Gallery’ and ‘Emily found a Thing’, ( shop  location details on my Stockist page). I will be spending the rest of June, July and August working on various Commissions and New Shop Stock for Autumn/Winter. Plus a New Stockist to make for (in Staffordshire) for my Bags and accessories later in the Summer, details to follow, when the Bags are made and delivered.

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Commission Bag made from William Morris ‘Golden Lily’ fabric, navy leather flap and vintage button.

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Commission Bag made form Welsh Tweed and a navy leather flap with vintage button detail.

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Bag made from William Morris ‘Compton’ fabric, distressed dark green leather flap and vintage button detail.

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Bag made from William Morris ‘Compton’ fabric, distressed dark green leather flap and vintage button detail.

New Tweed Flower Brooches Spring 2015

After a delivery of new Spring shades of Irish Donegal Tweed fabric. The last few weeks I have been been busy stitching a selection of Flower Brooches, which are now  for sale  at ‘Focus Gallery’ Nottingham and ‘Emily found a Thing’, (location details in my ‘stockist’ page). New Spring/Summer Bags to follow over the next few months. Then its back to design and development, working on a new Make for Autumn to compliment my ever popular Bag range.013 012 006 001 011.

New Bag Makes for 2015

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Commission Bag made from William Morris ‘Strawberry Thief’ linen fabric with Red Leather flap and vintage button detail.

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Bag made from Cashmere/Wool fabric, Red Leather flap and vintage button detail.

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Commission Bag made from vintage Wool Fabric, Olive Grenn Leather flap and button detail.

A few photos of Bag commissions for 2015. The next couple of months I  will be busy making new Bags in William Morris design fabrics for Spring/Summer and Flower Brooches in  six newly purchased pieces of beautiful Irish Tweed in Spring colours (lavender, yellow, soft greens and pinks in Plaids and Herringbone)  for ‘Focus Gallery’ Nottingham and ‘Emily Found A Thing’. Photos to follow.

2015, Bag Makes and Commissions

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William Morris ‘Blackthorn’ Fabric, Green Leather Flap finished with a 1960’s Vintage Coat Button.

Welsh Tweed Fabric Bag with Antique Peat coloured flap and finished with a Vintage button (Commission Bag)

William Morris ‘Blackthorn’ Fabric, Green Leather Flap finished with a 1960’s Vintage Coat Button.

2015 has started with making a few Bags for various Commissions, still more to make in February, but thought i would post a few photos of ones now completed. William Morris 'Willowbough' fabric in flap Inside view of Cotton lined Flap and Vintage Button.

New Tweed Flower Brooches 2015

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2014 went in a blur of making. I had December off sewing, as the day job was busy and to have a  five day Birthday Break/Bash, which included a weekend jaunt to a beautiful Landmark Trust property, Tixall Gatehouse in Staffordshire, we were supposed to be staying in Derbyshire but for those that know how my birthdays are jinxed, the cottage had a gas leak and we were redirected on route to The Gatehouse. Top marks to The Landmark for the speedy relocation, which was fun finding in the dark with a few scribbled instructions. Now its back to making again. Lots of orders for bags came along in Nov and i have now started making them, pics to follow when made over the next two months. To ease myself in i have made a small selection of Tweed Flower Brooches using Irish Donegal Tweed fabric, and finished off with vintage buttons. This batch  are stocked exclusively in Nottingham at Focus Gallery, Derby Road, Nottingham.

November 2014

Janine is currently working on various Tweed and William Morris fabric Bag orders for the run up to Xmas. As September/October has proved to be busier than i had originally thought it would be when i made my Autumn/Winter stock in the summer and alot of it is already sold out! So the sewing machine has been dusted down after having a few weeks resting and is being fired up ready for action again. I will post photos as Bags are made and 2015 plans are in the design stage for a new product to compliment things i already make. Bags are currently in stock at ‘Focus Gallery’, Nottingham, Bags, Bunnies, Bunny and Flower Brooches are in stock at ‘Emily found a Thing’. More details are on my ‘about me’ page.