Talented Fiona Kelly makes vegan-friendly bags among other things for her business, Tangled Blossom Designs. Her lovely bags have popped up on our Instagram feed several times and we had to know more! Make sure to visit her website for Sis Boom fabric and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy (Etsy shop on vacation as Fiona prepares for a craft market in May). Thanks so much for sharing what you do with us, Fiona!
I’ve been into sewing for as long as I can remember. One of my favourite things to do as a very young child was to sit on the floor with a pile of paper, my scissors, glue and sticky tape and make clothes for my dolls and myself. As I grew older the paper was replaced by fabric and the glue and sticky tape was no longer needed when at the age of about 7yrs my parents bought me my very first sewing machine – a little hand crank black and gold Singer. My love of sewing and textiles continued to grow throughout my teens and culminated in my completing a Bachelor of Design Degree in Constructed Textiles in 1993. I studied knitting, weaving and tapestry during my degree and won the Rowan Yarns Designer knitting competition in my first year for a cable look sweater I designed. After graduating, I worked in the knitwear industry for a time before starting out on my own making my own range of clothes and bridal wear on request but when our first child came along I quickly realized making big dresses with little ones around was not going to be very practical. All those sparkly beads, silks, satins and lace are just too tempting for little fingers to touch, so in 2006 I decided to take a break from my sewing business and just sew for us as a family instead. In May 2012 my hubby, I and our now 2 children emigrated from the UK across the Atlantic to Nova Scotia, Canada and it wasn’t long after our move that I started to feel my sewing mojo come back! After struggling to find the fabrics I wanted to sew with anywhere in Nova Scotia I took the plunge and started my current business Tangled Blossoms Design. So now I get to look after our family in this beautiful part of the world, sew my new passion of making handbags in all the fabrics I love while selling it by the yard to customers all over the world.
Fiona’s first stunning bag is in Melody in green on the outside and Linky Love on the inside from the Beauty Queen line.
Second bag is Bonnie in purple on the outside from the Caravelle Arcade line and the inside fabric is by Tula Pink. Fiona has an eye for the little details and fussy cuts the fabric so the fabric prints match up or cuts to mirror image the print on bag gusset bottoms if it’s a directional print like Bonnie in purple. Just lovely!