Japanese bag

Embroidered bag

Maybe this should be under embroidery rather than sewing? Oh well, it’s a bit of both I guess.

One of the mailing lists I subscribe to had a digitising competition a few years ago and this was my entry – didn’t win anything this time but had a lot of fun doing it.

Digitising, by the way, is the term used when converting an image – bitmap, jpeg. etc. into stitches. It’s a complicated process which takes a lot of learning and differs with each sewing machine’s software. I have a Husqvarna Designer1 and the software for that and, although I haven’t done any for quite a while, I find quite easy to use to make my own designs. Years of practise! I actually do quite a lot of my own digitising for clothing my husband and I wear on our motorbike. We have a Honda GoldWing and I’ve stitched many a motorbike onto polo shirts for us.

So, back to the bag. I saw a Lulu Guiness bag in a sunday supplement and it was gorgeous and really, really expensive but I thought I could perhaps use the idea. I sketched the outline, divided it like a fan and then added various stitches into each panel. It is stitched onto black velvet dress fabric which had raised gold motifs on it, and on one side it’s done in variegated pink thread, on the other it’s beige. I made a hanging loop to go around my wrist and lined it with a pretty fabric. I do use it quite a lot as it’s light and yet quite roomy.

Inside of bag

Inside of bag

Beige side

Beige side

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