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curves pouch

This little pouch (measuring 5 3/4" x 6") was a delight to make from the first stitch to the last.  It's another Yoko Saito project from her 120 Original Embroidery Designs book - which is now available in English!

I've made many pouches and cases over the years, but the construction of this one intrigued me, especially this type of zipper installation which I'd never done before.  Can't say it's my favourite method - not a fan of hand-stitching a zipper in place - but it does make for a very pretty finish.

I was proud of myself for using some of my best fabrics for the back side AND the lining (I often use my "I'm not so in love with you anymore" fabrics for linings, but not this time.)

And I cannot tell you how happy I was to have finally found a use for that little pink ruffled trim.  It's been in my stash for ages.  In fact, you can see it in my banner photo up top there - it's that little pink rolled up thing that is only partly visible on the right side.  I took that photo 3 years ago.  :)

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Reader Comments (31)

It's so pretty!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchiethewonderdog
That is a gorgeous pouch! I have never installed a zipper that way because of the way it is hand stitched in. Did it drive you nuts? Cindy
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
Your pouch is just lovely Krystine. I've never stitched a zip in by hand before.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristine M
Wow! That is the most beautiful little pouch and your stitches are so so perfect! Just love how it all looks! Congratulations Krystine! :)
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristine B.
Gorgeous as always.
Sometimes you just have to use your 'good' fabrics, trying my hardest to do this also. I recently made a mouse pad for work with the most gorgeous Heather Bailey print, felt bad to use, but now I see it every day and love it!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle G
Wow. Just. Wow. (again) I cannot say enough nice things about your projects. They are inspiring, amazing works of art. And this one is one you can carry in your purse! It doesn't get much better than that.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee
Beautiful work, almost too pretty to use, but do please use it so you can show it off.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCathy
This is the sweetest most breathtaking little project. It's just beautiful!!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynne Tilley
Gorgeous bag! Your embroidery is amazing. Thanks for sharing.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoan
One word: Exquisite!!!!! :)
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Blue Dragonfly
So pretty! But you do such good work, all your projects are pretty. Nicely done!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCelia
Such a sweet little pouch! I'm sure it will bring a smile to your face every time you look at it.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Atkinson
Oh Kristyne,that is one amazing work of art! An heirloom to be sure. It is most unique in every way. I have never doen a zipper that way either, you did a masterfiul job! And you even used your little pink ruffle! Just a jpy to see it finished. Beautiful, just beautiful.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Nyquist
It's so pretty!! I love the fabrics you have used: florals and polka dots are my favourites. And your stitiching is so neat. I really like the olive green half-flowers (not sure what they're called)
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Your work is always so delicate and feminine. I just love this one! I love them all, but I REALLY love this one!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCassandra
Oh, Kristyne. This is soooooo beautiful. You don't know how many times a day I long to have as beautiful stitchery as yours!! Such a perfect match of color and prints! I'm pretty sure heaven will be filled with all kinds of lovely things like this (and your precious basket)!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
That is so amazingly sweet. I love the embroidery detail.
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Schulz
As always, your work is amazing!
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene
Beautiful! Your projects and photos are always so inspiring. Thank you for sharing. -Shari
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBear Creek Quilting Company
wowzaaaa! lovely! such attention to detail and what detail it IS! i didn't think anybody did such fine handiwork anymore. thank you for sharing!
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterellen
Grey, brown, overcast, cold, bleak...the weather in TN. Was hinting to my husband that ," Women really crave color, beauty and flowers this time of year"...don't know if I'll get any Daffodils out of this but for today your beautiful little pouch has fulfilled my "craving"...it is perfection
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie D
Oh. My. Word. I had a peek at this book and saw the 'possibility' this pattern presented, but you took it to a whole new level. Absolutely divine!
Your stitches inspire us all to keep stitching. Such detailed work really is a lost art today - what a shame.
Perhaps another wonderful pattern is in view for the store?
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (mtl)
Your stitching is just beautiful. And what an adorable way to showcase your talents. Lovely.
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandie @ crazy'boutquilts
it's absolutely beautiful! ;p
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterina
Absolutely beautiful. I knew you wouldn't disappoint. Now . . . if the book weren't so expensive :)
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteredith
lovely. book is not easy to find and quite expensive. linda gerig
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlinda gerig
It's spectacular! An exquisite piece of pink workmanship!
February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie R
the pouch is so pretty, such neat hand stitching x
February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBev Hackleton
So, so pretty!
March 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjenni
Delightful. I have never tried a zip like this, is it not possible to try it by different method. I love the pretty fabrics and colours.
March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKay
Perfection! ~ as usual.
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

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