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!
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 been busy making a couple of my clutch bags design using some gorgeous duchesse satin. This has to be one of thee most sumptuous fabrics for clutch bags; it’s just lovely. I’ve made this in a smart navy duchesse satin before but decided to try it with brighter satins. I’ve used the red fabric with a previous bag (the Dorothy on the Vintage Bags page), but this was the first time I’d used this rich purple – and I LOVE it! (although, that might have something to do with the colour reminding me of a certain brand of popular chocolate…. yum!).
I’ve added another couple of photos to the Clutch Bags by Ellie page (under the Handbags by Ellie header), but here’s a preview. Click on the gallery below to enlarge and scroll through and enjoy having a browse….
Bellaford – made using duchesse satin
Bellaford – in duchesse satin
Bellaford – in navy duchesse satin with William Morris lining
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…!