I'd love to claim credit for this beautiful zippered pouch, but it was a present. Mum recently bought it for me at a fete. Knowing I'm interested in all types of sewing, she thought I'd like it. I love it!!!
I should have photographed the pouch with something else to give some perspective. It's about 12" (30cm) square. I've been trying to figure out how it was made. I think the centre patchwork is random shapes machine stitched together to form a square.
Every seam has hand embroidery stitched over the top. I absolutely love this effect. Most of the stitches I recognise from sewing lessons at school, but the majority I've forgotten how to do. Wouldn't be too hard to relearn, I'm sure.
Leave a link in the comments if you know of any good embroidery how to sites or blogs. Lefthanded Notions gives very detailed descriptions, complete with clear photos, explaining how to do a huge range of embroidery stitching, but, as the blog title implies, it's for left handed sewists.
The fancy trim frames the patchwork beautifully and it's all sewn on by hand. Amazingly, you can't see one single stitch from the top, only when I gently lifted the edge of the trim with a finger nail and peeked underneath. It was almost impossible to see where the trim starts and stops, too. I'm not sure how this was achieved.
The flowers are machine appliquéd on top with a fine zig zag stitch and then more embroidery to give extra detail to the flowers. This truly is a work of art!!!
And the back shows the bag is a zippered pouch. At the moment my new embroidered bag is sitting in my sewing room so I can admire it. It's just too good to hide in a cupboard.
Thanks, Mum. It's beautiful.