Monday, 12 September 2011

Tweed Bags @ Hope & Elvis

On Sunday on day four of my birthday celebrations, I spent the day at the workshops of Hope & Elvis at one of Louise's Tweed Bags workshops. The day was made extra special because I got to spend it with three other bloggers, and Nic my blog lurker pal.

The workshops are great fun and we created like crazy!!! We were inspired by lots of lovely samples that Louise had made up.

The bags are made out of recycled fabrics, blankets or gents suits and ties.
Here's Nic on the left and the lovely lovely Debs (who looks so much like me on this photo its untrue!!) Debs helps Louise throughout the day and is an angel.
Totally out of sequence - but here is Wend of Ticking Stripes with her creation. I'm really sorry Lyn (Everyday Life) Ive not got one of you!! I'm sure if you pop over to Lyn's, she'll show you her creation!
After a quick instruction by Louise, we were invited to dive into the pile of old jackets etc to choose our starting point.
The workshop is like an Aladdin's Cave - and you can use any of it. There are drawers full of buttons, lace, ribbon, brooches, embellishments etc etc.
I choose a very dark grey pinstripe jacket that I choose to line with floral sprigged satin for a contrast.
I also added lace, made a Suffolk puff rosette, and recycled the label from the jacket.
I am in love with my new bag!
And I can't wait for the next workshop! Many thanks to Louise, Nic, Debs, Lyn, Wend and all the other lovely ladies who attended for your company - I thoroughly enjoyed it. xx

19 comments:

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Diane

What a great fourth birthday day
and what a fun mix of materials you have chosen for your bag.
The final result is really special : a mix of the masculine and the feminine.
It looks beautifully made and I can imagine that you will be able to match it with both formal and informal outfits. A bespoke birthday present to yourself.

Anna

greenthumb said...

How fantastic, what a great workshop, looks like you all had a great day.

John Gray said...

love the ties!!!!

Elizabethd said...

Beautiful earrings, elegant bag....when is this Etsy shop going to open??
I have posted about your jewellery today.

Lisa said...

What a fab day you all had a brillianr way to extend those birthday celebrations.
love the new bag.
Lisa x

Michela said...

..how could you miss to take a picture with Lyn????!!! Oh and I completely forgot to ask her to pinch your cheeks this time!LOL!
xxx

Mrs Bent said...

What a wonderful workshop and I hope the rest of you r birthday was just as good :)

periwinkle said...

Looks like an amazing workshop , we never get anything like that here - pity.

Carol said...

Lovely bag. Glad you enjoyed the workshop, Louise organises some great days.
Carol xx

Hope and Elvis said...

It was a joy to meet you and all your fellow bloggers. Thank you for making it such a lovely day and for sharing your stash of fabrics ; ) x Must try harder on my blog! Louise

Simone said...

What a great day! I would love to have had a rummage through all those fabrics and bits and bobs! x

The Vintage Bazaar said...

What a fab workshop! Think i saw Hope & Elvis recently in a magazine..in an interiors feature. lizzie x

Kathy said...

What a great workshop. The bags look lovely. I like your choice of fabric xxx

Lyn said...

How could you miss ME!!!!
He He, it was such a great day we were aall so into it I am surprised we took any photos at all! Got to get one of you on my post, you don't get away with that easily!!!
xxx

Little Blue Mouse said...

It looks a great day - love your finished bag!

Jo said...

What a fab birthday treat, and you've got your gorgeous bag to remember it by.

summerfete said...

Hey just saw you on ticking stripes!

ps we didnt stay in Ayr this time, we stayed in their sister campsite trefalgen. So I didnt get to leave any secrets behind :(

diane b said...

What a super idea. How neat is your bag? Clever clogs. It looked like a whole lot of fun for your birthday. Happy Birthday belated.

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