Sunday, June 24, 2007

I see butterflies!

This is how the adventure starts... (yes, this one is green - a new one...). When doing a felting/knitting project you have to be able to foresee, because the item is not nice to look at when knitting and I must admit this phase needs a special kind of determination to get through. Here she is felted and embroidered waiting to get a lining. I found a cardboard box that would fit inside the bag to be able to measure the size of the lining.Here I pinned the lining to the bag to see and correct the fit.
When I was happy with the fit, I unpinned the whole lining and did the sewing by machine. And then finally attached it to the bag by hand sewing. (I'm hopeless in tutorials and find them very difficult to do. There are plenty of good tutorials online, found one very good bag blog few days ago with lots of tips.)
And here she is in all her beauty! No birds, as so many of you suggested, but little butterflies!

53 comments:

  1. lovely setting for a lovely bag!

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  2. the butterflies are so very joyful- they are a delightful way to start my Sunday!

    thanks much for the eye candy.

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  3. That's a picture so beautiful with the lake/river and a bag with butterflies in the Midsummer time

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  4. gorgeous bag, I love the butterflies so pretty!

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  5. She is a real beauty! I haven't dared to try the lining thingy yet, but with a cardboard box like you did.... Maybe.

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  6. Very pretty. You do beautiful embroidery.

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  7. This is fantastic! I totally love the embroidery. Mind if I link to it?

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  8. I really admire your sense of style, love the bags (and everything else I've seen here so far)

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  9. Beautiful! I have knitted mine, and as soon as I get my crafting part of the office set up (bigger remodelling going on) I'll start with the lining and then the embroidery. Thank you for being such an inspiration whennit comes to embridery!

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  10. Oh wow, that is so pretty! I never realized what a lovely touch embroidery can give to knitting, and especially felting. Beautiful!

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  11. Gorgeous! I am inspired to make more of this pattern. It is such a useful size/shape. Just beautiful!

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  12. Wow, that is beautiful...you are the master of the French Market Bag! :) I love the butterflies.

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  13. Fabulous! The butterflies are a great idea. Thanks for the link.

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  14. The butterflies are very lovely. In your picture with the grass around the bag, they look like they are in their natural environment.

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  15. The butterflies...flutterbies.. are perfect.
    I am so inspired now! Thank you.

    (although I can see a market bag with your little birds on it :^)

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  16. They may all be inspired, thrilled, overawed, but I'm just plain FURIOUS down here!!! Yes, mine looked depressing too when being knitted up, but I persevered, believing that the end result would be worth it. You should SEE it! Hideous isn't at all adequate a word. Revolting, repulsive, frightening... all of these might do. Going to post about it later this evening if I can bear to. HOW can you come up with such beautiful results WHILE I FAIL?
    Signed:
    Totally depressed in West Cork.

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  17. How beautiful! The butterlfies look very at home in the wildflowers.

    Thanks for the tips and pictures about the lining.

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  18. You have a real gift for embellishment: not too much, not too little. Very, very nice work!

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  19. It's wonderful!

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  20. Anonymous01:31

    Lene
    This is really cute. Did you embroider the butterflies before or after you attached the lining?
    Margie

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  21. These bags are so beautiful! I have to learn how to embroider!

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  22. Oh Lene the butterflies are perfect! What a wonderful job! I got your email the other day and want to write you back. I've been INSANE and will write you soon. Thank you so much. L, C

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  23. I still like the idea of your sweet wee birdie, but the butterflies are truly inspired.

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  24. Lene,
    Your bag is beautiful! I've looked at this pattern many times and have it on my to do some day list. Embroidering on the bag is a fantastic way to personalize. And the lining job is outstanding. I've been to my stash and I think I might just have enough yarn to cast on!

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  25. Your bag is so lovely. The butterflies are so joyful. Great....

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  26. Thank you for the lining tips, the bag is again gorgeous!

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  27. Very cute bag! Lots of work, but worth it.

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  28. Oh, the butterflies make it perfect!

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  29. Emma13:40

    Your work is always so beautiful. An absolutely gorgeous and inspiring bag.

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  30. really cute! on my 'to do' list!hope it will make such a pretty picture!

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  31. Your beautiful work never ceases to amaze me! And to top it all off, you always take such wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

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  32. I love it!! I've been so tempted in the past to try Polly's pattern but haven't given it a try yet. You inspire me!!

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  33. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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  34. Lene, you really are an artist - this bag is so very very lovely ....

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  35. I adore the little butterflies. :-)

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  36. Oh, I love that so much. What sweet butterflies - they are the perfect size.

    You did a great job on that.

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  37. Wow, those butterflies are so beautiful! What a lovely bag. I need to work on my embroidery skills.

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  38. You've done it again - achieved just the right balance in colour and embellishment. Absolutely lovely, Lene!

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  39. So pretty! Looks perfect for summer book to fit in.

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  40. just beautiful work. i am heading to the Finnmark area of Norway in late July. hope it's as lovely as where you are!

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  41. I think that is the MOST awesome knit bag I have ever seen! I'm really impressed by your patience and attention to detail. They really paid off.

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  42. The butterflies are PERFECT! Well done.

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  43. This bag is beautiful, I love all the butterflies on it.

    Kate

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  44. Lene, I love the bags you've been making. I've visited a couple of times recently, and I'm inspired to make one myself.

    Thank you for sharing your photos - the bags and your embroidery are beautiful, and a delight to look at.

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  45. What a beautiful work! The Butterflies are perfect. A delight to look at.

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  46. Oh, such a beautiful bag, I am truly inspired!

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  47. A lovely bag!!!

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  48. The bag is...wow! The butterflies are perfect. Small, understated, not drawing away notice of the bag but enhancing it. Can't wait to see what you put on the green one.

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  49. superbe! j'adore les petis papillons! bravo! Ton blog est super!

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  50. Hej, du har en underbar blog som är otroligt inspirerande! Jag tog mig friheten att länka till dig.
    Mvh Anna

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  51. Hej, Lene!

    Your bag is so lovely! I'm really impressed by your creativity.

    Med venlig hilsen

    Birgit

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