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Rose Bag

by greenrabbitdesigns

I’m still on the rose theme at the moment. These roses however are not prize winning show roses, just my humble little garden roses but just as lovely I think.

My dad gave me a cutting of this rose a few years back. He had it growing in his garden after he had taken a cutting from the garden of a little cottage he had lived in as a child. Even though the cottage was no longer being lived in the rose was still growing in the garden. My grandparents had brought the rose to the cottage when they had moved from another home where it was growing in that garden.

So I know it has been growing in at least four different gardens. We lost my dad four years ago at the age of 88, by my reckoning this rose has been on the go for almost 100 years if not more.

It’s a very special little rose to me!

Now in my last post I said I had been inspired to make a bag with a rose theme, well yes I had been inspired but I just didn’t manage to get it finished!

I thought however I’d let you see my progress.

It has a little rosebud in the centre surrounded by beads.

The back is knitted in stripes of grey, red and pink.

It’s going to be fastened with a little red heart and lined with a pink flowery fabric. I still have the handle to knit yet and then get it all put together and into my shop.

The above rose is another that is growing in my garden and I photographed it earlier in the week during the rain. I think it looks a bit sad, I suppose it was like the rest of us, absolutely fed-up with the horrible weather we’ve been having. Thankfully today was lovely and the forecast for the weekend looks promising.
Thanks as always for dropping in this week, I do love to hear from you!
Have a wonderful sunny weekend! 🙂

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marigold jam July 22, 2011 - 9:29 pm

Love that single old fashioned rose – does it have a perfume? Your bag will be lovely I know – can’t wait to see it finished. Enjoy your weekend – it’s pouring here at the moment and the sky went all odd earlier – wondered if the end of the world was nigh!! Hope you get some sunshine though.

Amanda Wytas-Ackermann July 22, 2011 - 9:34 pm

What a wonderful story about the rose. So sorry for the loss of your father. Someday your children can take a cutting and the rose on with them too :).
Lovely bag and the owner lucky enough to have it, will also be carrying around the rose.
Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend
Hugs,
Amanda

harmony and rosie July 22, 2011 - 10:28 pm

That’s such a lovely story and a beautiful reminder of your father and grandparents. You must feel quite sentimental when the buds appear at the start of the season. Well, as ever, your bag is going to be amazing and such neat little stitches too. Looking forward to seeing it in all its glory.

Enjoy the weekend, I think it’s going to be an OK one (fingers crossed and here’s hoping) x

Jenny July 23, 2011 - 7:04 am

That is a beautiful story about the rose – how amazing it has survived so long, and in so many different gardens, how special it must be. Your bag is lovely too, the little heart button is just perfect! Have a great weekend, hopefully it will be a sunny one! xxx

Simone July 23, 2011 - 2:59 pm

A lovely story about the rose. Isn’t it a vibrant colour?! Your bag looks lovely especially with all the detailed beadwork. Have a lovely weekend Vivienne. It is dull and overcast here again but hopefully will be better tomorrow! x

melanie July 23, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Oh wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!!!!! I am in love with that bag, gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jooles July 23, 2011 - 4:15 pm

i love the rose story, and it is so pretty :o)
Your rose bag is really pretty, you are so clever, just love the little beads
jx

Helen Philipps July 23, 2011 - 7:33 pm

Your garden rose is one of the prettiest, I think, and what a lovely history it has. I think it’s wonderful to be able to trace it so far back through your family’s gardens, very romantic, and a real cottage garden rose. Your little rose bag is very sweet, I love the colours and the beads. Hope you are having the sun we are enjoying here!!
Helen x

Margaret July 23, 2011 - 8:33 pm

A very special rose indeed and what a lovely story behind it.
The little bag you are knitting is very pretty – love the addition of the beads which makes it extra special.

Kristyne July 23, 2011 - 9:03 pm

How lovely … the roses, the story & the creativity! I have a similarly special plant in my garden – perennial pink daisies left by the original owner of my house. Pearl & her husband bought the house brand new in 1952. When she made it to 83, she decided sell so we bought it in 1997. When she gave me the tour just before possession, she showed me these flowers and told me they had come all the way from her grandmother’s garden in Aberdeen, Scotland! Don’t know when they were brought over or how they survived. But I’m always so happy whey they bloom – partly because that means I haven’t killed them (my thumbs aren’t very green) but mostly I feel sort of like the guardian of these hearty, sentimental and well loved flowers. (I’m sure the color has nothing to do with it either!) 😉

Pearl still comes over to visit once or twice a year – she loves seeing her old house and always enjoys the daisies if they’re blooming for her.

Stephanie July 23, 2011 - 11:26 pm

What a beautiful post. My father is 89 years old and so I am moved by your story about your father’s family rose. Sometimes simple roses are the most poignant, don’t you think? The bag is beautiful. I am really getting into the pink and red combination nowadays.

They say that great minds think alike. I have just posted about a simple dress I have sewn which I have named “Dog Rose” so when I read your post I smiled.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Annie July 24, 2011 - 12:41 pm

How wonderful that you can trace the rose’s history like that! And I do like your little bag 😀

Pomona July 24, 2011 - 5:19 pm

What a beautiful colour rose – and how lovely to think about its story. Your bag is exquisite – you are so clever!

Pomona x

Patty July 24, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Hi Vivienne, It’s a stunning colour for a rose and such an interesting story. I like a plant with some history and you will be reminded of lots of lovely memories every year it flowers.
We used to have an apple tree with some family history to it and then it was struck with lightening one year and had to be cut down, well it was like losing a dear old friend.
The rose bag is shaping up nicely. x

soil*liset July 25, 2011 - 8:39 am

What a smashing, beautiful rose work… All. Your flowers and knitting..

lily July 25, 2011 - 1:46 pm

It’s so lovely that this special rose growing in your garden holds so many memories for you, and your bag is going to be so beautiful, especially with such a pretty bead trim.

lily x

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