Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Give Away



My choice of topic for a recent article in DownUnder Dale’s emagazine' Threads. In-fusion' was prompted by a request for a stitch workshop for a charity called' Out of the Dark'; the group mentors young people in a variety of ways. There is a showroom and workshop in High Wycombe where old brown furniture which would previously have been discarded is given a new contemporary feel. The trainees are also going out to teach craft skills to groups of young people. We spent an hour and a half trying out some varied stitches and give them their due they tried really hard, bearing in mind that the first challenge was to thread the needle and knot the thread.
I made a small sampler of stitch variations as encouragement.

On my first visit to the workshop I was given a pile of wire reclaimed from old computers etc. and I was shown the huge amount of upholstery fabric which the group is given. This prompted me to make these small bags with wire decoration.


‘Threads. In -Fusion’ is a subscription magazine; Dale works hard to give each edition a special theme with a variety of contributors.
 A new textile based emag by Through Our Hands is amazingly free and both interesting and well presented.

Follow these links to find out more:


Now for the giveaway, if you would like to own one of the small bags I plan to thank those on the followers list, and to celebrate getting over the 300 mark, by making a draw on my birthday 20th June from those who leave a comment here.


30 comments:

  1. These purses are great !!! (Mmmmmm that yellow and green ....)
    I would LOVE to win it (which I never do) but it gives me a lot of inspiration to try to make one myself !!!!

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  2. These are wonderful, as is everything you post on your blog!
    Winning something would be a treat!

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  3. What a worthwhile enterprise 'Out of the Dark' sounds to be - good luck to all.

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  4. sounds like you had fun nice stitchy thingy

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  5. Your bags all look wonderful. Nice to make something from materials that would otherwise be thrown away.
    Hugs Mrs a.

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  6. I've also just been given a heap of upholstery fabric, but I've not made anything as good as these purses!

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  7. lovely use of what was on hand. I would love one.

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  8. the purses and the stitching is gorgeous! I'd love to win one. and Happy Birthday!

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  9. The purses are so colorful, love them. What a great program for our youth... So many don't know the fine art crafts some of us grew up with and learned in the days of Home Economics class.

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  10. Jackie, that is so generous of you - love the bags!

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  11. The bags are wonderful! I used to be an upholsterer. I love to do handwork...very creative project!

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  12. Thanks for your kind and generous comments Jackie - the article was wonderful

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  13. I just wanted to commend you, Jackie, for giving these kids
    an experience they might not get otherwise. Hopefully, a world has opened up for them.

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  14. Wonderful giveaway, I'd love to win one of those bags. Very creative.

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  15. I just tripped into your blog. Lots to see here and inspiration. I'd love to be entered into your give a way.

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  16. Your bags are fabulous Jackie - I'd love to win one!

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  17. Happy happpppppy birthday ... The bags are lovely, enjoyed gelli and mark making posts. Kind regards .... Gina

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  18. Happy happpppppy birthday ... The bags are lovely, enjoyed gelli and mark making posts. Kind regards .... Gina

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  19. Lovely bags which have a lot of work I them. Very generous to part with one of them.
    x

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  20. Love these bags. Seriously beautiful. Happy birthday. My moms is June 22nd. She passed away when she was only 49, in 1980. She would have loved these bags.

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  21. I would love to win one, April is right, seriously beautiful.

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  22. Hi. I came over from your post on The Sketchbook Challenge. I love your bags and would love to win one! Happy Birthday!

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  23. beautiful bags. Off to check out the links, thank you

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  24. Your bags are so gorgeous Jackie, fabulous cloth and wonderful stitches combined. Thanks so much for the chance to win one!

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  25. These bags are stunning! Love your work. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

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  26. Happy birthday to you! Thank you for this opportunity. Those bags look gorgeous.

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  27. Great Bags, I would love one!
    Happy Birthday;-)

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  28. These bags are treasures, I would love one. It would hold my travelling art supplies. Lissag123@verizon.net

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  29. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway- Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing.

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  30. I discovered your website a few months ago. Love your work and the inspiration as you do similar things to those that I like to work with. Thanks for sharing. I would love to own one of those bags! Look forward to reading more.

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