Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tammy 4 All Seasons

 
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Welcome to my day of of the Tammy For All Seasons Blog Hop.  I have so admired all of the wonderful Tammy Bags that I have seen being made in Blogland so I was thrilled to become a part of this hop.  There were tough choices to be made first.  Which season did I want to do?  If you have seen the great designs by Brooke Nolan of Brookes Books Publishing you would know what I mean.  Then there were the great seasonal Pinny patterns by Cori Blunt of Chitter Chatter Designs.   Of course, I could always do one of each!

In the end I selected the winter design.  I think the vintage "drama" of it pulled me.  In my mind, I can imagine a grand New Year's Eve party in an elegant ballroom with the long black dress, angora wrap, long gloves, champagne and roses.  

First to stitch the design.....  I loved the beautiful metallic threads this chart called for as accents.  White evenweave was not going to work with the white stole, gloves and snowflakes, but white is what I had.   Could it be dyed?  I wondered.  

First sample was a bit too dark.  Therefore, I tried to dilute the dye a bit more.  My eyes are much too old to stitch on those dark fabrics anymore!

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Ahhhh....this is more to my liking.  Now for some relaxing stitching and sewing to create my very own Tammy Bag.
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The frame was suppose to be black, but when I opened the package it was only 5" and was not going to work.  The replacement has not arrived yet.  Silver it is until the new one arrives.

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I know that the Pinny I made is not the "winter" design, but I was thinking it could be a red cardinal.  No???  Don't you love the box pleats?  It reminded me of the skirts we used to make during summer vacation before school started again.  We wore uniforms to school, but were allowed to wear "free dress" skirts for the first week of school.

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But......could I stop there????  Of course not!  Autumn was calling my name next.  This one I stitched up on some DMC Monaco.   Using the q-snap frame on this design kept my piece from the nasty imprint of the circles that one tends to get with the circular frames.
 
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With this cute little Pinny I sewed a strong magnet inside from an old name tag and it holds my scissors so well.  I loved how the coffee mug design coordinated with the coffee pot in the cross stitch pattern.
 
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I must add that the first frame that I got was only 5”.  I knew after making my Tammy Bag that there was no way that was going to work.  Rather than waste the frame, I reduced the pattern size to 83% and made a smaller version with some machine embroidery in place of the cross stitch.

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Thanks so much to Madam Samm for the charming Tammy Bag pattern and the sweet pattern minder magnet  and to Mary of I Piece 2-Mary for being our fearless leader for this hop.  As well, we had many wonderful sponsors for this hop and they helped to make it so successful.  Thank you all, including DMC, Yarn Tree, Readers, H.A. Kidd, Snap Source and Beam and Read.   

Please be sure to check out the other Tammy Bag creators today and for the remainder of the hop.  I know you will not be disappointed.

I'm thinking summer would be a great design for the next bag..................which one would you choose?


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71 comments:

Baa. xxx said...

You made three! Amazing - and all so different and beautiful. Love them!

Kristen King said...

My goodness your bags are fabulous!!! :)

Anita said...

Lovely Tammy Bags and cute Pinny!

creativity amongst chaos said...

Fabulous. I just love this wintery design, and it looks so nice on that grey, so elegant indeed. Your pinny....ahhhh SEW CUTE! I love the red bird... I must make myself one in red! Then you made a fall one too? Beautiful. Love the mug as well, adorable. I am a bit jealous, I love this fall pattern. I am gonna have to muster some courage and stitch it up. Hugs to you, great job! ~Cori

Britt-Inger said...

You have been very busy making all the wonderful Tammy and they are all so lovely. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this blog hop.

Mary said...

Oh my, your Tammy Bags are wonderful. Love the idea of dying your fabric. You are one great lady. Everything looks so sweet. Thank you for being part of this great hop.

Amy said...

They all just look cute as a mouse's ear. I couldn't pick a favorite. Beautiful pictures as well.

sunny said...

Love all your bags! I have one of those little frames somewhere, and I need to put it to use this year.

Carla said...

Oh oh oh! Those are the cutest little bags ever.

Mara said...

Love your fabric choices! I can see you are hooked on the Tammy bag bandwagon.

Judy B said...

Your Tammys are all sew wonderful! Sweet Pinnys too. I haven't dyed cross stitch fabric, sew now I will be giving it a try. Thank you for sharing.

Heleen Groot said...

You stitched up a storm! Amazing. I love the colour in the winter Tammy. It is perfect! And the red cardinal pinny fits beautifully. And then you made ANOTHER ONE! Equally pretty. Well done you!

Judy said...

Waoh, beautiful beautiful bags and your pinnies are GREAT!
I just finished my Spring pattern after having done my summer one, and I love the spring one!

charlotte said...

A wonderful job with lots of creativity. Love all of them.

Linda said...

Wow! Your Tammy bags are just fabulous!
The cardinal is so cute.

Dorian said...

You did a lovely job with your bags and pinny. Great fabrics and colors.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Dyeing the fabric was a great idea, and your winter stitchery turned out great! I love the Autumn bag too, and the smaller bag you made is so pretty!

Mdm Samm said...

How lovely your Tammy bags...your stitching Mary is beautiful.....I love your cardinal...your pinnies are picture perfect...your photos with all those flowers are just what we need on this very cold morning up North...what a sweet treat this morning...wow

Thearica said...

Mary, Your Tammy's are adorable! and I love that hand dyed gray! So perfect for that elegant ballgown!

Love your Pinnys as well! The cardinal is darling and that coffee cup is too cute!

Lesley said...

Fabulous Tammy bags. Especially love the first bag with those luuscious colours. Your work is very impressive!

Kate said...

They're all quite lovely! Your red cardinal is so cute. :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

nothing sweeter than a Cardinal amary...love it

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Wow I can't believe you made all those! The cross stitch alone takes so much time! I'm totally impressed:)

Vickie said...

All your bags are so pretty...great work !

StitchinByTheLake said...

I never thought of dying the fabric but what a fabulous idea - that color was perfect for this stitching! And the idea of adding a magnet was brilliant. I actually have one of those old name tag magnets I could use. I love the Fall and have just begun to make it. I so enjoyed your post! blessings, marlene

krislovesfabric said...

Beautiful bags and your stitching is gorgeous :)

Calicojoan said...

I love the winter design. Your so right about elegance! What great Tammy's you made, and I love the reducing idea... I've seen some very cute Disney purse frames. That gives me an idea! ;-)

Calicojoan said...

I love the winter design. Your so right about elegance! What great Tammy's you made, and I love the reducing idea... I've seen some very cute Disney purse frames. That gives me an idea! ;-)

Lovelli Quilts said...

Wow!! lot's of Tammy bliss. Your bags are beautiful.

Linda said...

Your projects ALL came out just precious! I thought about dying my Aida cloth too. I'm glad to see that it worked for you! (I chickened out!) Great job!

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

Wow, 3 Tammy bags and your stitching is quite elegant on the winter one. Yes a red cardinal is says winter! Nice job on all 3 projects. Oh and summer for the next one for sure!

Amy said...

They're all fantastic - LOVE the Winter with the black/red!!! Beautiful!!

LJ said...

What a stunning Tammy the winter bag is! Was it the photography, the dyed fabric, or was it just totally fantastic stitching...regardless, I wanted to reach out and touch it. Great bags and pinnies and the magnet for your scissors was brilliant!

Maria said...

They are all gorgeous..love your cross stitches.

Carol said...

They are all just beautiful! I love that you dyed the fabric...wish I'd thought of that! Cute, cute pinnies, too!

Scrapatches said...

Amazing stitching! I have not cross stitched in years. I am not sure my eyes and hands are up to the task. Seeing your beautiful creations really inspires me to give it a try again. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Mary Ann said...

Love all three of your bags. You did a great job on each of them. Couldn't pick a favorite if I tried. :) Thanks for sharing.

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Great stitching!

Lana said...

WOW!!!!!! I love that you dyed that cloth for the vintage Winter!!!! IT WAS PERFECT! and then...TO MAKE THE OTHER ONE TOO!!!! Amazing!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Beautiful work Mary! They are all just adorable!

Julia Plunkett said...

Fabulous Tammy bags and pinnies!! Love how you dyed your fabric. Thanks for sharing.

Renee said...

All three of your bags are fabulous! I do so love the red and black combinations. Your Winter bag is gorgeous. Fall is wonderful. And I just love the machine embroidered heart bag. Beautiful work!

Kathy H said...

Great idea to dye the fabric and your stitching looks beautiful. I love the embroidered bag too.

Suze said...

You are very, very versatile. I would never have the fortitude to try to dye the fabric. You go, girl! It is perfect. Your bags are absolutely outstanding and depict the very, very different looks one can obtain with one pattern. Thank you for participating in the hop and wowing us.

Stephanie said...

Love the "kiss" closures. I've never, yet, made a metal frame bag. Really great details in each of your bags.

Janarama said...

Great idea to dye the fabric. Your Tammy Bags and Pinnys are too cute.

Charlene McCain said...

All of your projects are just beautiful, and I really love that heart designed embroidered on the smaller purse. You have really been busy! Great job!

Quiltsmiles said...

Love your details on your bags and how clever to make use of that smaller frame the way you did. Jane

andsewon said...

Love all your bags!!! Wonderful job!
Lola

Createology said...

WOW! You really created wonderful Tammy Bags and Pinny. I love your fabrics and stitchings. Even the heart embroidery is lovely. Thank you sew very much for hopping. Creative Tammy Bliss...

CeLynn said...

Goodness,i am in love wit all of your Tammy's and Pinnys! The dyed fabric is such a nice touch,beautiful!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Sew sweet that we both made a winter Tammy and cardinal pinny. I just added the crest to the main piece and a black mask in applique , then the beak is satin stitch

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful, beautiful Mary and the embroidery you did on the small one is spectacular!

schmidt1016 said...

Fabulous! I love your polka dots and swirls. You are really ambitious to dye your own fabric. It looks beautiful. The autumn cross stitch is terrific,too. And what a luxurious scissors fob! Did you make that? Great work making so many bags and having the creativity to adjust the pattern to make another, smaller bag. I love them all.

Leslie S. in MN

tink's mom said...

All 3 of your bags are terrific and I like the idea of a Cardinal. Great idea changing up your background color.

Theresa said...

All your bags are beautiful!

Carla said...

Oh, wow, you really made lovely bags. I love that you dyed your own cloth to the color you wanted. Very nice!

Ellis2Roam said...

Very beautiful bags you are a very creative lady. Well done.

Jane's Quilting said...

Oh, wow! What georgeous bags! I love the reds and dots but yet I love the fall colors. Good I don't have to choose just 1.

Patty D from NC said...

Wow! you did beautiful work!

MalinisQuilts said...

Oh these are some lovely creation of Tammy(s). I love them all. Now that you mentioned it. I think I got a 5" frame too. Actually 3 of them. I will try your idea of reducing the pattern to 83%.

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

What a great projects, Mary !!! You did a beautiful work. Your Autumn project is my fav :) I love this bag <3
You had a lot of work!!!

QuiltSue said...

You've made some great bags, and I love the pinny that you're using as a needle holder.

Soma Acharya said...

You picked my favourite seasons :) Dying the fabric was a such great idea! Your bags and pinnies are beautiful! Love the fall pinny :)

-Soma

Midlife Mom said...

Oh my goodness, those bags are gorgeous! I am awed by your abilities with all things sewing and your handwork!!! Just beautiful!

Nat Palaskas said...

They are all so cute! I need to retire to get into all these activities with you. Looks like fun! Hugs Nat

Michele said...

Oh I truly love them all and dyeing the fabric was a brilliant idea.

Quilt n Queen said...

Awesome Tammys and pinnies...love them all!! Your Winter Tammy is absolutely gorgeous. I'm working on my 3rd...spring and winter will be my last one...I'm a first time cross stitcher and spring and winter had me scared...spring has given me some grief but I will get it finished...it will just be after the blog hop!! I've run out of time. Even with all the frogging, I must say I am enjoying my new stitching experience!! Happy stitching, Pauline

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Very pretty and you finished 2! Love the pinnie and the pleats.

Deonn said...

Oh, my goodness - these are amazing - great colors, and the handle looks great with the winter cross-stitch. But that machine embroidery on your 3rd bag really catches my eye. Love it! Such beautiful work, NM!

Lynne said...

When I was a child, we always had to wear a "pinny" when helping in the kitchen, especially if you English grandmother was around. It was short for 'pinafore': an apron with a bib above the waistband worn to keep our clothes clean!

Yours are so cute (even if not what I was expecting)!