I had a fabulous few days in Padstow with the Bolla Tay girls earlier this month. Thanks to all those who came by to see us, it was lovely to meet new customers as well as customers from previous years…… I hope you all enjoy your new handbags!
I promised I would be adding more to my online shop after its launch a few weeks ago, so here are the first new editions…. These clutch bags are the result of my collaboration with designer C F McEwan. They are made using her special silk and hemp fabric and they feel gorgeous!
You might recognise this fab 60s inspired fabric from my previous post. When I discovered this fabric, I knew it would look great in this 1930s design – it’s so colourful and happy. Although you could have a whole host of different colour combinations for the lining, I decided to team it with a rich purple, made using 100% cotton by Makower. I’ve used cover buttons for each bag; for one button I used the lining fabric, and for the other I used a small daisy detail from the main print…..
I’ve just come back from the most amazing few days in sunny Padstow, having been involved with my first Bolla Tay Design Fair. It was wonderful to meet so many new customers and thanks to those who stopped by to say hello and sign up to my blog. To all the new “Handmade by Ellie” owners, I hope your bags bring you as much pleasure in using them as they did for me making them….
I’ve also been making a few changes to my website; I now have a permanent Home page and my blog is the final tab on the menu bar.
For more details on Bolla Tay, click the link in the Links I Love section.
Here are a few pictures from the show, click to enlarge and scroll through the gallery.
Handmade by Ellie at the Bolla Tay design fair in Padstow
Handmade by Ellie at the Bolla Tay Design Fair
Rebecca Williams’ beautiful new design at the Bolla Tay Design Fair
Textile designer Rebecca Williams’ stall at the Bolla Tay Design Fair
Illustrator Alice Povey at the Bolla Tay Design Fair
Illustrator Alice Povey at Bolla Tay
Textile designer Sarah Richards’ stall at the Bolla Tay design fair
Naomi Midgley’s stalll at the Bolla Tay Design Fair
This is one of my favourite vintage bag designs, it’s such a useful size – great for everyday use or a useful evening bag. I love this green flowers fabric and, rather than a plain lining, thought this pretty pink flowers design would compliment it well. The cover button just adds a little something special to the front of the bag…
More photos and all the details can be found on the Nancy page under the Vintage Bags header.
Click on the gallery to enlarge and scroll through…
Following on from my last post, here’s my latest creation using C F McEwan’s hemp and silk fabric for a Classic Evening Ellie Clutch bag. This is made using the same fabric (Towers) as the Dorothy Clutch bag in the previous post, although I have chosen different parts of the fabric for the front and envelope panels.
The details, along with all the photos for this design, are on the Clutch Bags by Ellie page under the Handbags by Ellie header. Click on the gallery to enlarge and scroll through and enjoy having a browse…
Bellaford – in C F McEwan’s silk and hemp fabric
Bellaford – made from C F McEwan’s silk and hemp fabric
Bellaford – made using C F McEwan’s silk and hemp fabric
For more information about Clare and her fabric, see the previous post or visit her website.
I have recently collaborated with designer C F McEwan (click on the link to visit her website) using her latest range of fabric to create a classic clutch bag. Clare is a freelance designer who uses digital photography and print media within textiles. This incredible fabric is made from hemp and silk and has been a complete joy to work with. The texture and feel are so unique and luxurious it adds yet another dimension to this clutch bag. Using her beautiful fabric, Clare has created a range of stunning scarves which are well worth a browse.
Click on the gallery to enlarge and scroll through; some of these photos are from her recent design show – check out the fab chair covered in her fabric…
Dorothy Clutch Bag – made from silk & hemp fabric designed by Clare McEwan
Dorothy Clutch using C F McEwan’s fabric
Silk scarves by C F McEwan
C F McEwan’s scarves on display
Dorothy Clutch using C F McEwan’s fabric – photo from her show
About the fabric creation
With an interest in surface, shape and layer, Clare makes use of a variety of materials in her work. Drawing, printmaking, hand stitching and simple making processes are combined to create abstract and atmospheric imagery. Irregular shaped objects are built using paper, fabric and plastic.
The textiles, objects and surfaces are photographed with different arrangements of lighting. Clare often selects materials with some translucency, like greaseproof paper, sculpting with these materials to find shapes within the translucency. Objects made create unusual silhouettes cast onto back-lit surfaces – which are then photographed.
I’ve just finished making two totally different vintage bags, but I LOVE both of them.
Click on the gallery to scroll through/enlarge and enjoy having a browse…
1920s Dorothy Clutch in duchesse satin
1930s vintage bag with snap set closing.
I’ve added these photos to their individual pages under the Vintage Bags header (which I’ve just reordered); each design now has its own page with all the details separate and the Vintage Bags page has an overview of all designs.
I’m really excited to be putting more of my own designs and creations on my site. I’ve just created a brand new page, entitled Handbags by Ellie, which has an overview gallery of the bags. Check out the sub-pages (Clutch Bags by Ellie and Vintage Bags by Ellie) for all the photos and information on each style of bag.
Here’s a sneak preview of a couple of clutch bags… Enjoy having a browse..
A few posts ago I promised pictures of some of my vintage bags designs, so here you are…
Ivy – made from red taffeta
Ingra – made from black duchesse satin with vintage button
Ingra – made from black duchesse satin with taupe dupion silk lining
These are inspired by the earliest handbags, from around the early 1900s, although with a twist of my own – I’ve turned the Christie Bag into more of a 1920s Flapper bag with the fringing. I love the shapes and just had to add a bit of sparkle with those buttons…. I’ll be adding these to a new page in the near future, so all their details will be available soon.
I’ve been cutting out more patterns using some fab fabrics…. I did have to have a cup of tea before starting though and realised my mug was quite apt for the challenge I’d set myself…!