Saturday, 6 May 2017

Bag Camp part 1

The lovely Samantha runs an annual Bag Retreat (she's doing 2 a year now!) at a beautiful hotel in South Wales.  The retreat ran from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and was well worth the money.  We got 3 patterns as part of the package, all meals were included (and they were huge!) plus cake of course and coffee on tap, and a series of mini workshops talking about specific areas of bag-making.  If you are in the UK and like making bags, I'd definitely recommend it.  I've already booked for next April's retreat!


Please excuse the blurry photos.  Mr CA got the camera in the break up (it was his!) and my phone pictures come out really blurry.  They look great on my phone so I'm not sure where I'm going wrong.  


I was a bit lax on the old preparation front, but I prepared 2 of the bag retreat patterns.  The bag you are seeing here is the Fiesta Tote.  It's an easy sew, but it took me most of the weekend.  NOTHING to do with me drinking too much vodka, eating too much cake and gossiping at all.  Nor anything to do with the trip to Pendryn Distillery I took on the Sunday with a lady called Tricia and Janelle from Emmaline Bags.  No, of course I didn't come back tipsy!


I bought the bag bling (the Handmade plaque) at the pop-up shop run by Sew Hot who, very dangerously, let us all run up a tab all weekend and settle up on the last day!  Very tempting...


I absolutely love how this bag came out.  I bought the outer fabric and the lining at the Hobbycrafts show in February at the NEC with this bag in mind, but I have no idea what either of them are, sorry!  It's been my main bag since I made it and it's holding up really well.  I even closed the turning gap!!


I think my one criticism would be that I needed one more zip pocket inside, but then I could have added one, I know how to do it!


I had also prepared the Toiletry Tote, another bag retreat pattern, and I took along the materials for the Starlet Clutch from the Bag of the Month club, but I hadn't had time to prepare it and I didn't get to it at all.


I did start the toiletry tote, but didn't finish it and ran into a few snags (see above re: vodka) so I still have to finish it off.  And I will!

I stayed over at the hotel on the Sunday night, then travelled down to Devon the following day with my family to scatter the rest of mum's ashes.  We had a lovely time but it was tinged with sadness of course.  In all I was away for over a week, then there was a bank holiday weekend which goes to explain why I a) haven't been visiting your blogs b) haven't been responding to emails c) haven't been posting and d) haven't made anything to post about!

I'll come back with a post about the toiletry tote when I finally dig it out and maybe even finish it!

13 comments:

Jane Galley said...

sounds like you had a good weekend, and I love the bag

Jane Galley said...

ok, just got sent around the houses back to here, so, in case it swallowed my comment, I love the bag!

Fiona said...

love the bag - looks really professional too. A sad visit to Devon for you ... one step at a time...
Hugz

underatopazsky said...

They look amazing. I am so envious of anyone who can put in a zip as neatly as that!

nanacathydotcom said...

That bag is so professional looking and smart. Well done.

Pamela said...

Great bag and sounds like a wonderful retreat.

Cath said...

You lucky thing, that sounded like great fun. You managed to get a great bag finished and had fun - success all round. Thanks for the links I have wondering where I could get the Emmaline bags hardware in the UK :-)

claire93 said...

looks really Professional and very versatile

Afton Warrick said...

Sounds like you've been through a lot lately; I'm glad you had a little chance to get away and do something fun. I'd totally be signing up, as my bag skills could use some improvement, and I'm not one to turn down meals including cake, if I weren't an ocean away. Your bag looks wonderful!

margaret said...

good that the family were able to get together for the scattering of Mum`s ashes what a lovely place to finally be at rest.

Bag is great wold not know where to start in that. Wondering was there a girl called Lis there from Leeds? She made a very similar bag at a bag weekend not long ago.
Are you going to the stitching show in Harrogate next weekend?

Gina said...

Sounds like you had a great time. You weren't that far from me either xx

Rachel said...

It sounds like a wonderful week!

Now you know the pattern, you could maybe make another version of the bag with the extra pocket in it..?

Sarah in Stitches said...

I'm so impressed by this bag! That is so cool. I hear you - you can never have too many inner pockets! :D