Back to my (sewing) roots

Marimekko and Linnet

Before I packed all my fabric away there was one little job left to be done. To finish off some little bags I’ve been making. Which reminded me just how much I love sewing and making bags. And dresses for the girls. Many recent projects I’ve not actually posted here, but perhaps it’s time to return to my roots and put more of my creative projects up on my blog.

There’s nothing like spending the good part of an afternoon choosing fabrics and linings, making that final decision to use up the best Linnet leather for handles (gasp). Mixing things together to see what’s going to work. Will the Marimekko work with this Linnet or that Linnet? And which fabric will suit Chloe best? Shinzi Katoh? Definitely. Paired with a softer Linnet floral voile with delicate pink flowers on a light brown background I bought when we were in Rona Road.

Which led me to spending hours and hours poring over my favourite fabrics on the Linnet website. And the linen yarns. Lamenting the fact the royal blue has sold out. But the lovely brown floral is still available.

Which then led me to ordering two books on Amazon Japan. The book our little house was in all those years ago, and a new sewing book for the girls.

I can’t wait to get them when we arrive at our new house on Wednesday! It really will feel like a new beginning. But a new beginning of returning to my roots – a bit like 2007.

Also to note: Happy Birthday Grandma – you would be 103 today! And 15 years ago to this very day I arrived in London with my pink backpack on my back, containing a few clothes, my design folio, a set of good kitchen knives and the white crochet bedspread Grandma made me.

Marimekko and Linnet

Barnyard linen, Shinzi Katoh and Linnet

Shinzi Katoh and Linnet

Unknown and Linnet






14 responses to “Back to my (sewing) roots”

  1. Heleen Webb avatar

    It’s so nice to see your bags again; I especially love the fabric on the last one.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      It’s nice to be making them again. The barnyard linen has me stumped – I think I got it from Leslie when she still had her Goodness fabric shop in Japan. I’ll have to ask her.

  2. Emily avatar

    These are lovely little bags!


    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Thank you Emily! I am loving making them again 🙂

  3. victoria avatar

    I too LOVE the farmhouse fabric

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      It’s cute isn’t it. I think I only got about half a yard left… !

  4. suzy avatar

    These are gorgeous, and lovely to see your sewing again – I’ve missed it.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Thanks Suzy – I’ve missed sewing too 🙂

  5. erin avatar

    it’s so fun to see your bags – all of them adorable! (was just in scotland and ireland, thinking about how close we were to you, but still so far. xo.)

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hi Erin, well we have been thinking of you too – your book looks wonderful. Hope you all had a good time over in Scotland and Ireland. It must have been magic in this weather!

  6. Rosa avatar

    Love the way you combine different pattern!

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Thank you Rosa – it’s my favourite way to sew, mixing up the patterns.

  7. petal and plume avatar

    these are exceptionally wonderful!

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