Forget-me-not Purse

I have made my mum a teeny weeny Forget-me-not purse. I have also not blogged for a very long time and have suitably given myself a good telling off. However I have had a good excuse I have been busy making this gift and another hoop art for a friend who has had a new baby. More to follow on that in my next post.

I went out into the garden in April and the scatterings of Forget-me-not faces in the flower bed called out to me to use them as embroidery inspiration. It was perfect timing as my mum’s birthday is the end of May and it gave me a couple of weeks to put this together.

Forget me not embroidered purse

I started by drawing the entire outline of the full purse piece onto plain cotton fabric, then I drew in the Forget-me-not design.

I then stuck it in an embroidery hoop and stitched up the design using satin stitch and French knot. I also used some Whitework on the front section.

Using a piece of felt as interlining and a cream silk lining I sewed the three layers together with the embroidered fabric face inside out. I used my Singer sewing machine and then finished it by hand.

Whilst I was at it I added in some cream seed beads to the outer edge of the flap as I liked the idea and had seen a Victorian bag with something similar. I added gold seed beads to the sides too. Adding the popper was my least favourite part not because I don’t like poppers just because I am not that neat at sewing them on and need to improve.

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Happy birthday mum. Forget-me-not purse complete. I am hoping she can use it for jewellery or very small pairs of socks. She knits socks, I stole a pair from her, they are super toasty. Not ideal in June when it is so warm even my hair is sweating but I look forward to padding about it them in the winter.

Great gift exchange mum.

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