Wednesday, 23 March 2016

WIPW - En Kjolsäck

Wednesdays come around quickly, and it is time to give a Work In Progress Wednesday report once again.

This week I have a new project:

New! En Kjolsäck
which is a hanging pocket. This kind of  pouch, which is worn dangling from the belt, can be found on many folk costumes in Scandinavia. Mine is inspired from a postcard of the Swedish Dala Floda costume, and is wool embroidery on a black background.
I have, however, designed my own fantasy flowers instead of working the traditional, more realistic ones on the Dala Floda bag.

The black wool I am stitching on is from a discarded black cashmere coat from Burberry. How can one cut such an expensive coat into pieces, you may ask? Well, when the Japanese moths, always so hungry, have had an 'all you can eat' party in the wardrobe, and ruined the coat, THEN you can...

In spite of being very busy I have found time, at night, to make good progress:
 There is a pocket on the bag and I used the pocket part of the coat for this piece!

19 comments:

  1. It is beautifully Swedish. And I like how you are producing the pattern and cutting out. Very interesting method. I love the bag on the postcard. But yours will be an original Queenie-embroidery.

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    1. This method of drawing the design on cardboard and then cutting out holes to trace with a white charcoal pen works well.
      I hope my bag will be both origianal and beautiful! Rain in Tokyo and I will have to stay indoors so maybe time to stitch!

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  2. Great idea to repurpose. I like your fantasy flowers.

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    1. The coat belonged to a tiny lady who is no longer with us and no one else could wear it even if a lot of effort was put into mending the moth holes. So, yes recycling the material was a good option.

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  3. what a beauty this is going to be , see you mention moths, here we have been warned that due to a mild winter the clothes moth is thriving hopefully they will not visit my wardrobe!

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    1. Mothballs are selling fast in Japan! Here they ALWAYS cause a lot of problems. They love mild or warm weather and moisture.

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  4. I like the fabric and that you are re-using it, especially using the original pocket. Pretty embroidery too. I hope we will see how you attach the frame. I have tried stitching one onto a purse and found it difficult to get neat stitching on the inside.

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    1. Oh, you are putting pressure on me! I am not sure I can attach the frame in a neat way! I have done it once before but dont remember well.

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    2. I'm sure it will be stunningly beautiful!

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  5. I love the embroidery on this hip pouch. beautiful colours. you are fast worker.

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    1. Black is a difficult colour to work on (hard to see) but almost any colour thread will show up well.
      Oh, I wish I were as fast as you are!!!

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  6. Your stencil method of transferring the pattern onto wool is perfect. But, even though I have wanted to do any of these pockets for ages I must not. I have to finish that great list of things I have already started. I am tempted though and I have the fabric and the wool thread.

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    1. Marking on dark fabric is always a challenge. Here the cashmere is slightly fluffy and you really need to use a liquid charcoal pen, and a'stensicl' Making your own out of cardboard is a smart way, but take care not to cut off a finger tip with the craft knife!
      I am sure I will eventually see a bag like this of your making!

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  7. This is going to be very beautiful.Your stitches are just fantastic.Looking forward the rest.
    Glad Påsk

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  8. A great little pouch. I'm glad you found some parts of the coat to use.

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  9. Lovely work can not wait to see the full picture, your stitching look amazing. So neat.

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  10. Your Kjolsäck project looks like it's going to be very enjoyable to work on. Great looking design transfer and your first stitched flowers are lovely. I especially like how you did the curved blue tendril.

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  11. looks like a fun project.Beautiful stitching as always.To work on a black fabric is quiet a challenge but the colors pop up and the end product always looks good.

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  12. What a beautiful project this is going to be!

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