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My Favourite Creations So Far!

I went through my photos today to curate collections of some of my favourite creations so far of the things I’ve made in the past six years.  I am in the midst of applying for a couple of juried craft shows for the fall, so here is a post where jurors can see the variety of techniques, materials, and styles within my categories of bags, mittens, and hats (see bottom of post for update since I wrote this post, too).  My favourite thing to do in crafting is to create a practical item from upcycled natural fabrics and then bombard it with all sorts of decorative detail.  My inspiration comes partly from what you can see on my Pinterest boards, especially the following ones:

Following are five groups of five photos each of my favourite creations within each group.  For the fall, I plan to embellish my new creations individually even more than the past ones!  Stay tuned, and enjoy the photo feast!  Each photo has a descriptive caption.

First:  zipped wristlets and makeup bags

pink upcycled silk makeup bag with embroidered flowers and upcycled buttons
pink upcycled silk makeup bag with embroidered flowers and upcycled buttons
lime green upcycled linen wristlet with orange yellow embroidery and fabric flower from vintage sheet
lime green upcycled linen wristlet with orange yellow embroidery and fabric flower from vintage sheet
yellow linen makeup bag with applique leaves, silk flower, and sequins
yellow linen makeup bag with applique leaves, silk flower, and sequins
black white striped upcycled wool makeup bag with pink batik paisley applique
black white striped upcycled wool makeup bag with pink batik paisley applique
red purple upcycled silk bag with embroidery and blue batik lining
red purple upcycled silk bag with embroidery and blue batik lining

Second:  tote bags

orange tote with blue vintage sheet lining and colourful crochet flowers
orange tote with blue vintage sheet lining and colourful crochet flowers
blue cotton tote with couched flower and flower power vintage sheet lining
blue cotton tote with couched flower and flower power vintage sheet lining

Third:  cross-body bags with adjustable straps

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red batik and turquoise rose reversible cross-body bag with embroidery and applique flower detail and adjustable strap
black cross-body bag with crocheted flower and leaf applique
black cross-body bag with crocheted flower and leaf applique
reversible orange bag with purple, pink, and yellow applique stars
reversible orange bag with purple, pink, and yellow applique stars
blue patchwork reversible cross-body bag
blue patchwork reversible cross-body bag
pink yellow crochet beaded lined cross-body bag
pink yellow crochet beaded lined cross-body bag

Fourth:  mittens from upcycled wool sweaters

black blue pink upcycled wool mittens with couched stripe and button details and upcycled teal leather palms
black blue pink upcycled wool mittens with couched stripe and button details and upcycled teal leather palms
red gray striped and green upcycled wool mittens with batik applique motif and upcycled leather palms
red gray striped and green upcycled wool mittens with batik applique motif and upcycled leather palms
blue green red upcycled wool mittens with couched swirl and button details and upcycled red leather palms
blue green red upcycled wool mittens with couched swirl and button details and upcycled red leather palms
pastel blue pink yellow argyle upcycled wool mittens with leather palms and embroidery
pastel blue pink yellow argyle upcycled wool mittens with leather palms and embroidery
blue gray upcycled wool mittens with couched yarn harlequin design and brown upcycled leather palms
blue gray upcycled wool mittens with couched yarn harlequin design and brown upcycled leather palms

Fifth:  hats

orange crocheted hat with beaded scalloped edge and big purple crocheted flower motif
orange crocheted hat with beaded scalloped edge and big purple crocheted flower motif
blue crocheted hat with beaded scalloped fringe and crocheted 3-D flower in green blue pink
blue crocheted hat with beaded scalloped fringe and crocheted 3-D flower in green blue pink
upcycled silk made into crazy patchwork sunhat decorated with embroidery and buttons
upcycled silk made into crazy patchwork sunhat decorated with embroidery and buttons
purple sunhat from vintage sheet with orange silk flower and band
purple sunhat from vintage sheet with orange silk flower and band
pink cotton toddler reversible sunhat with orange lining
pink cotton toddler reversible sunhat with orange lining

**May 17, 2016 UPDATE**

I’ll be doing a separate blog post about the following two photo collages, but I am so excited about these that I wanted to share them in this “favourites so far” post!  These are ten cushion covers I finished last night for a special project I am volunteering for.  They represent the aesthetic I am trying to move more towards when I make bags, hats, and mittens.  There’s embroidery, patchwork, crazy quilting, couching, buttons, colour, linen, cotton, silk, gingham, floral, batik, motifs, and applique.  All the fabrics except the batiks are from thrift store clothing, sheets, or vintage cotton floral sheets.  I’ve been discovering through Instagram that there’s a name for this aesthetic, and it’s boho, bohemian, or colourful boho.  I love it!!!

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boho style cushion covers in blue and purple silk, orange and green cotton batiks, and yellow linen. Embroidered, crazy-quilted, couched, and appliqued
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boho style cushion covers in green silk, orange cotton gingham, blue floral patchwork, yellow cotton fabrics, and purple cotton batiks. Embroidered, crazy-quilted, couched, and appliqued

Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!  I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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