My collection of hand-made bags began as a means to explore and illustrate different types of embellishment. They have become my canvas for different types of textile art in its various forms. After years of trying many quilting and embroidery techniques, resulting in too many wall hangings, I wanted another medium that could be exhibited, gifted, demonstrated or sold. So linen bags became the framework for me to try out a mixture of skills and enjoy the results in an artistic way. I decided on linen first of all as it’s more resilient than quilting cotton and also results in a more professional look. I have many bag patterns but do adapt them to provide a surface for my embroidery or applique or other techniques. I have used ribbon embroidery, 3D applique, hand and machine embroidery, several quilting techniques such as crazy patchwork and cathedral window. Indian wood block printing is a favourite which provides some lovely unusual designs on which to embroider. Vintage lace and crochet is an unusual way to make a sturdy bag with lots of pockets look delicate and dainty, see the image below, and I need to replace the ones that have sold – my yo-yo decorated little bag has gone so I must use some of my lovely scraps to cut circles and make another one adding embroidery and buttons and beads. These bags aren’t just for show. They are made well and will serve as a special occasion bag. They are lined and have unique methods of closing. I want to make more as there are many lovely ways of decorating them but they do take quite a long time to make so I have to be patient and wait until I have some quiet and undisturbed hours. My next design is to be decorated with Shisha mirrors and exotic embroidery. There is always another sewing technique just waiting to be explored and more bags to be made.

The pink linen bag has 3D applique on its wrapover front and a chain shoulder strap.