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