My Bourse


I made this last week using the tutorial on this blog.  I have no finishing skills what so ever but this tutorial was so great and easy that even a newbie like me could do it.  It’s for a friend and it’s going to be hard to give it away but I already have other things that I want to “bourse” so I’ll have my own soon.  Thanks Isabelle for making such a great tutorial!


Page updates

I’ve added Niky in Italy’s blog to the Inspiration page.  Niky is a prolific stitcher and accomplished finisher, who does wonderful work.  I can’t find an online album for her, but there are loads of beautiful pictures of her stitching and finishing on her blog.

I’ve also added 2 tutorials to the tutorials page showing how to add a zipper to a project.  I used both of these tutorials when I made my zippered project bag recently and I thought they might be useful to include here.

U-handblog zippered pouch

Twelve22  zippered pouch


Anne and I have been putting our heads together (well, as best as we can being several time zones and thousands of miles apart 😉 ) and we wanted to share with you what we have planned for the blog over the next few months.

First off, we’re changing the idea and format of the FAL weekends, since they haven’t taken off that well. From August, there won’t be a specified FAL weekend; instead, each month will have a different finishing theme, either a specific finish or a seasonal theme (or both!). Everyone is invited to join in at any point during the month, finish something along the lines of the theme and post their finishes on here. To give you some inspiration, we plan on highlighting relevant tutorials and including links to and photos of stitchers’ work to get you started. The themes won’t be too rigid so hopefully as many of you as possible will be able to finish something appropriate and join in. Also, every other month starting from December, just to make it a bit more fun, we’ll be having a prize draw for anyone who posts a themed finish during that particular month! 🙂

Secondly, Anne has collated all the results from the polls that we took earlier this year and we’re in the process of working out a new schedule of classes for next year. The plan is to run two classes per month, so that you don’t have to wait so long for a class that you really want to do, plus it will hopefully create more participation and activity on the blog, which we’re also trying to encourage 😉 More details will follow very shortly.

On the subject of classes, it’s been lovely to see people using the class tutorials that have been offered so far this year and the results have been wonderful! We’d like to encourage anyone who has finished something using one of the class tutorials to post their finish here so that we can all admire them 🙂 I know I’ve been asking individual people to do this if I see a finish on their blog, but I don’t visit every single blog so please feel free to post your finishes here as we love to see what people have done with the classes we’ve been offering. Also, if you create a tutorial and post it up online somewhere, please add a comment to the tutorials page or email either of us so that we can add it to the list!

Now it’s your turn. Is there anything you’d like to see covered in the blog that isn’t here already? Any gaps, anything we could do to encourage more participation? All suggestions welcome 🙂

New page – list of online suppliers

As this blog is all about providing a comprehensive information resource to do with all aspects of finishing, I’ve set up a page with links to online shops selling finishing supplies. This can be anything to do with finishing, including patchwork fabric, ribbons, pins, finishing tools and gadgets, bellpull hardware, etc. etc.

The list that I’ve started is obviously not exhaustive, it’s just that – a starting point. We would obviously like you to post your favourite online shops as well so that we can have as complete a list as possible, especially for items that are hard to get hold of locally.

If you have a favourite shop that isn’t already listed, please leave a comment here or on the online suppliers page with the following information:

Name of shop
Country that shop is based in
Finishing supplies that they sell
Payment method (e.g. PayPal, credit card)
Anything else you want to say about the shop

Please DO NOT post links to your favourite stitching shops unless they sell items that can be used for finishing. This is purely a listing of suppliers that sell items to help us to finish our stitching into a displayable form, rather than a list of stitching shops in general.

Also, please don’t include shops unless they have a website and they will ship internationally, as I want this list to be as widely accessible as possible.

Thanks and I hope you find the new page useful!