Welcome to my 'other blog' the one that explores my crafty side. I have been a maker of 'things' since childhood. By nature I'm creative. I still love to write, and you can click on this link to visit my blog: Hanging On My Word, which is where I indulge in the thought and word side. Although a teacher by profession, I don't offer tutorials. This is my showcase of projects I like to share. So pull aside the curtains and let's begin (I'm a bit theatrical too!).

Saturday, 23 June 2012

A Crafty Old Bag!

That’s me! A Crafty Old Bag! Nothing pleases me more than making something useful, decorative and aesthetically pleasing too, especially when the cost is minimal.

A kind friend was given this lovely piece of tapestry to sell at a charity sale, and, knowing my love of needlecraft, put it on one side and for a small donation it was mine. I was pleased for two reasons; one, the subject matter, a young woman sewing with her daughter leaning on her knee, which could have been me many moons ago; and two, someone else had done all the hard graft of stitching the canvas picture. It was in a sorry state in a dirty old frame and rather bashed about. I took it out of its scruffy frame and washed it carefully by hand in mild detergent, checking that the colours didn’t run, and when it was dry I pressed it on the reverse. I couldn’t get all the marks out left by the frame but that didn’t matter. It languished in tissue paper in a drawer, whist I thought what to do with it. I didn’t want to re-frame it as I already have so many pictures of my own cross-stitch work on the wall that I have to rotate them to give them all a showing.

Whilst sorting through the huge selection of shoppers and tote-bags hanging on the back of the store door I came across this strong canvas bag with a design printed on it - perfect! I covered the design with iron-on vilene and stitched the picture in place.

The result is a lovely new craft bag which will keep my current project clean whilst I tote it around the place. I love it, and when it hangs on the cupboard door in my sewing room it’s decorative too.

The tapestry is based on the Mary Cassatt painting, 'Young Mother Sewing’. Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844-19260) was an American Impressionist painter and printmaker who often had ‘Mother and Child’ studies as her subjects. She never married, and had no children of her own, but spent time with her sister’s children. Many of her works depict the social and private lives of women and she was a strong supporter of women’s suffrage.

Linking up with Lakota’s Ta Dah! Tuesday


  1. Marilyn, What a fantastic idea!
    I knew you would appreciate the work & effort that went into this Tapestry.
    You have also added to it by bring it back to life...with your unique creativeness. I love the idea of it's usefulness now. So much better than just hanging on the wall.
    Well done!

  2. What a great result, you now have a completely one of a kind bag which looks like it took hours of toil but was in fact a quick and easy makeover. You know this kind of project is my favourite! Glad you were able to link up at last x

  3. wow great job! you are so talented

  4. Nell! What a great idea to set this into a tote bag; it is beautiful. I love it.

    Kathy M.

  5. What a fantastic idea. I often see completed tapestries in charity shops, now I'm inspired to copy you. x

  6. It's lovely! What a pretty idea for a bag! I am afraid I didn't click on any links on Tuesday as I was inundated by visitors and tasks to complete so I missed you then! Which of your three blogs are the Lanzarote posts on?

  7. Less of the 'old'!
    Best wishes