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Saturday, 17 March 2012

book bag

Last Monday I joined a workshop "Indian Stitching: Embroidered Book Bag" at Hansons Fabrics.
I always enjoy Hansons workshops, they are so well run. All the materials are included in the cost, as are all the refreshments; tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, a splendid buffet lunch and afternoon tea and cake, all this organised by Sheila. Thank you, Sheila, for looking after us so well!

Our tutor was Tiggy Rawling. Do visit her blog here, to see her fabric dyeing and read about her travels to India.
The object of the workshop was a sample of a cloth book bag. This type of bag is used in Asia to protect precious books.

First of all we traced the embroidery pattern into the fabric, then embroidered the design using chain stitch for the outline and Indian filling stitch ( Romanian stitch) and closed herringbone stitch as a filling stitches, with shishas in the centre of the flowers.

After completing the embroidery, we made up the bag, including the lining.


my Indian book bag

Another very enjoyable day spent in the company of Tiggy Rawling.


  1. Oh, this one is just beautiful! I'm so happy you are back to your cheerful self again.

  2. notice your lovely daffs...... believe it or not we have had a mild winter and very early spring, but we still won't be planting till May just never know what April will bring.

  3. This is a great bag design Radka, thank you for sharing it with us. I also love your davvodils on your header.

  4. This sure is cute, and I especially love the lining fabric. What size of a book does it hold?

  5. Lovely, lovely, lovely, Radka. It is a beautiful book bag. And your stitching is beautiful. You are lucky to be able to follow this Hanson classs.

  6. Hi, Radka. Cool bookbag and embroidery--what a well-organized and fun workshop! Love your indigo quilt. It will be interesting to see what you do with it--gorgeous fabrics. And glad to hear that your tests came back ok.
    best, nadia

  7. Radka, what can I say?!!! Your Book Bag looks so good. Zillions out of ten.

  8. WOW!! Radka, this little bag is so pretty, and so well made. Your colours are, as always, simply lovely. Isn't it amazing how very simple stitching still excites and encourages. I'm with Tiggy on the pointscore.............LOL....

  9. Looks amazing. It looks very interesting.

  10. I like your lovely book bag, it's perfect for the library when looking for new books to read! The design of the embroidery is so beautiful and joyful!


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