In the midst of making things for Christmas (blogs of which will have to wait until after the event!) I treated myself to a project I've been itching to try - Alison Snepp's Turkmen embroidered pouch from Inspirations Magazine Issue 69.
I've been gradually gathering fabric and threads for this since I first saw it. I love the colours, the concept and the combination of stitches used.
The lining fabric Alison had used was distinctive and I couldn't find anything quite like it locally or online, but when a friend, recently returned from Indonesia, gave me, out of the blue, a piece of batik in maroons, greens and blues, my immediate thought was it would work brilliantly for this project. I had already purchased the deep red sateen base fabric and found a deep olive green cotton drill in my stash for the third piece.
The little pinwheels are then added to some of the squares before folding the fabric to form a pouch.
Every stage is interesting and exciting, as you layer one effect on another.
You then embroider along the joins with corded blanket stitch bars and stem stitch.
The blue and ecru tassels are as per the instructions. It was meant to have three tassels made from the red cloth also along the bottom, and one on the flap. My cloth tassel was disappointing as the fabric was not dyed on the reverse side, so I decided to substitute a red thread tassel on the flap.
I loved doing this project, and I'm really happy with the result. I intend to use it as a knitting bag.