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Recently I’ve been dabbling a bit in tapestry crochet. I had some bright ideas that I wanted to try, but to be honest, I kinda felt like I was making it up as I went. Not surprisingly, my projects didn’t turn out as pretty as I had hoped. This isn’t a terrible method, but it’s a bit silly to reinvent the wheel when one already exists, don’t you think? I had the absolute pleasure of receiving this book, Modern Tapestry Crochet by Alessandra Hayden, and I admit, I was a bit intimidated to try it. Those motifs are beautiful but they look terribly complicated! However, after reading her very simple method for tapestry crochet, I realized it is not hard. Like, at all. Look at this gorgeous Quick-Stop Clutch.
Love it? Why, thank you, I made it.
Oh my goodness, I think I found a new obsession. My brain is lighting up with all sort of ideas. I attempted a cute mushroom hat a few years ago that I never felt comfortable moving forward with and you better believe that I will be redesigning and publishing that bad boy. And I have an amazing project I am working on for next month, and I absolutely could not have done it if I hadn’t jumped into the deep-end and tried this book.
I decided to start small and make the cute Quick-Stop Clutch. It turned out so adorable! The colors I chose don’t quite do the pattern justice, but I hope you get the idea. I used my beloved Knit Picks Shine, a silky cotton blend. I even adding a lining! My sewing machine is sadly out of commission, but I used some fabric glue to make my liner and it actually work really well. After the glue dried, I simply hand-sewed it in place using a simple running stitch and a darning needle threaded with some yarn.
I also decided to forgo the zipper.
I honestly intended to add a zipper, I swear, but my clutch ended up a weird size (apparently) and my local Joann only had 7″ or 10″ and I really needed an 8″.
But I think my toggle closure turned out pretty darn cute anyway.
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