OH HEY THERE, THANKS FOR GIVING MY ABOUT PAGE SOME LOVE

LE-image-for-about-page-of-me-4BLOGIt’s lovely to meet you, I’m Ellie and I’m the Head Honcho here at Love Ellie HQ. If you’re new here then you’re probably wondering what this site is all about.  If so, then keep reading and I’ll try to clear some things up for you.  Also you should read the Start Here page, because that bad boy has even more information about the site.

You’re here, so that leads me to believe that you are interested in a. bag-making  b. sewing  c. other crafts  d. all of the above, right?

WELL, YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE BECAUSE WE GOT ALL THAT IN SPADES!

Check all that apply:

  • You’ve never used a sewing machine in your life but you’re inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, Project Runway, or both
  • You’re a sewing genius but a bag-making virgin
  • You’re addicted to bag-making and need another fix
  • You’re looking for “the one” special pattern, fabric, hardware, {insert elusive crafty material here} that’s just right for you
  • You’ve bought sewing books, watched you tube videos, joined sewing groups and you still have questions unanswered
  • You love making things and want to make money from your passion
  • You want to learn a new technique or try a new craft
  • You want to start sewing your own but you’re afraid you’ll mess up and people will laugh
  • You just want to get on with shopping for bag supplies so enough with the bullet points already

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re in the right place.  If you’re desperate to shop – go here now – if not, keep reading.

…OH, AND RELAX.   I’M HERE TO HELP

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Look at the pencils lovely, I always find this relaxing, but maybe I’m a bit weird

 

SO WHY BAG-MAKING?

HT bucket bag 800x600 P9204023Well why not bag-making? But seriously, there are several reasons really; making bags is one of those areas of sewing that for a lot of people is flagged with a big NO ENTRY sign. You look at some fabulous handmade bag and wonder firstly, how on earth did someone make that and secondly, that you could never do that. But it’s not true – you totally can do it and I’m here to help you.

The other reason that bag-making gets my vote is that it really is one size fits everyone – you don’t have to worry about whether the pattern you bought is the right size or that the lovely sewn item you are making is going to fit you because there are no sizes to worry about. You won’t have to “try it on” or look in some scary full length mirror only to realise you need a bigger, smaller, longer, shorter size. For the most part, it’s one size fits all with bags. The only thing you have to worry about is personal preference – maybe you like big bags (and you can’t deny) or you like backpacks, or cross-body bags, or tote bags, or clutches – these are all within the realms of handmade possibility from now on.

BUT IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT BAGS…

crochet hook 10mm blueI’m a maker, I’ve always been a maker for as long as I can remember.  I love all crafts, but my first love is sewing, followed closely by embroidery and crochet, and then a bunch of other lovely crafts are waiting in the wings to catch my attention. I used to make all my own clothes, so I have a great love of fabric ( and a great fabric hoard collection).  I love making things with my hands and I love figuring stuff out. One of the things I love figuring out is how to make bags from just an idea forming in my head, getting that design onto paper and then working out how to make it a 3D reality.

I make all my own patterns for the bags that I sell, so you can imagine there are quite a few patterns lurking in my sewing studio.  Soon I hope to be translating and digitising these patterns for sale in the shop!  This is one of the reasons I decided to complete a BA in Design and Innovation as I was very interested in the designing process and wanted to incorporate more “design thinking” into what I do. I am studying again this year, building on my design experience, this time I am studying surface pattern design.  I especially love the idea of designing my own fabrics and I’m currently in the throes of creating my first collection of surface patterns which I hope to have available on fabrics and products soon.

 

 

 

LOVE LIVING YOUR CREATIVE LIFE

purple handles P2277929 no logoI love living a creative life and I’m here to help you to get more out of your creative life too, with lots of tips and advice on bag-making, sewing and a dozen other crafty subjects to help you and your creative business.

Want to start an Etsy shop but don’t know where to start?  

No worries, I opened my first Etsy shop in 2008, so I have a lot of experience with Etsy and currently have three shops open and another one in the works.

Thinking about doing your first craft fair and worried you’ll forget something important or don’t know the best way to set up your stall?

Been there, done that, many times, so I can help you get the best out of your craft fair experience.

Maybe you’re considering a trade fair because you want to get your lovely handmade products into retailers?

Well guess what, we got you covered there too.

SO DON’T FRET PET, PUT YOUR FEET UP AND GRAB A NICE CUPPA, REST ASSURED THAT IT WILL ALL BE HUNKY DORY

 

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