I love birds, below are my pet birds Knut and Sixten
The lovely free birds outside are now busy nesting during the long days here in Scandinavia.
My favorite bird except Knut and Sixten are the lovely blackbird, which sings so beautifully.
Listen to his sing here
I have during the years made many things with appliquéd blackbirds and other birds too on quilts and I therefore have to come up with something else with birds on.
Why don´t carry the birds with me ? And have them on something recycled and inspired from traditional embroidery design and folk art from the southern part of Sweden.
I started sketching on one bird at first and thinking of what material to use on my appliqué and my embroidery.
Why don´t make another purse , as I am a baglady and I could always use a new purse.
And the recycled fabric came from an old pair of jeans.
I have made two purses before from Michelles pattern small messenger bag and I think that this purse is very practical and has a good size.
To make this purse I needed one pair of jeans, some wool and cotton scraps and some yardages for lining, the wonderful Precencia Finca yarn bought from Jane.
It is better to use jeans that have no stretch,why I prefer the men jeans, but you could use jeans with stretch if you put interface on the back of the fabric.
I have sewn the appliqué with button hole stitches on my sewing machine and the embroideries and the embellishment are made by hand stitching.
The binding in purple is one of my favorite Kaffe fabrics and I think that I got the traditional look on my birds. Isn´t he a cool bird and he could easily brighten up a cloudly day, don´t you think?.
|Front very close
|On the cliffs in Limhamn
added some embellishments and then lined the pocket before sewing it on the jeans fabric again.
This piece was taken from the back part of the pair of jeans. I had a smile on my face making this small funny bird. Maybe he is looking for a worm or something else to eat. As I have used this piece with the original pocket on the outside pocket of the purse I have now two practical pockets on the back of the purse.
|Very close picture of the back
|A lovely scrap from my Kaffe Fasset´s stash on the inside of the front flap
And here are some beautiful pictures of the bag on the cliffs in Limhamn with glimpses
of the the channel Öresund the sea between Sweden and Denmark.
I hope that you love my purse as much as I do. I had the purse on Show and Tell last Saturday at my guild meeting and the ladies were very excited over the purse. And if you want to make a purse of your own, get some of your men´s old jeans and a pattern from Michelle and start the fun.
Thanks to the charming ladies Madame Samm and Mary for coming up with this wonderful blog hop.
I hope that I have put some smiles on your faces ! Continue having fun and pop over to the other participating creative and inspiring ladies with their birds