Here is a close-up photo of the front of the bag showing a beaded hand-dyed butterfly motif which was one of first attempts at “painting” the dye onto lace. Sandie gave me some hand-dyed ribbon which I put to good use and she also gave me the little tatted motif and mauve flower at the top, while Mary Lewis sent me the glittery ruffled ribbon in the front. I printed the lady out onto cotton and embellished her, the pansy and diamond shaped motifs were received in swaps and my pride and joy – that mottled piece of fabric at the bottom – silk crepe which I dyed at a dye course I did several years ago. I enjoyed working on the crazy quilting part but I get impatient when it is time to actually put the thing together.
Category Archives: Bags and Purses
This is the tote bag I finished today (well, I’ve still got a little bit of handsewing on the inside to to). I bought the raggy fringe from Flights of Fancy boutique in USA then had to choose colours to match. The fringe was a sludgy purple/cerise pink/olive/turquoise/old gold blend so was quite difficult. I put a plain fabric back on it with matching lining. The handles are from my usual source! Charity shops!!!!
The barter system is alive and well at my place! A work colleague, Dianne, knitted me a winter scarf and hat, a summer weight dressy scarf and finished off a woollen cardigan I started knitting in 1995 and never finished. In return, I made her this cq bag. The photo makes it look uneven, but believe me, it was perfectly balanced in real life! Dianne wears a lot of browns and autumn colours so it seemed a good choice of colour for her bag as well….and because some of the variegated velvet had a bit of dull turquoisey blue in it, I was able to add the very vintage velvet flowers and leaves at the top. This is the first side I did, although the bag doesn’t really have a front or a back.
Stephanie is seventeen and when she ordered her purse, she stipulated that she didn’t want too many beads because she doesn’t like clutter. This is her purse which only had a beaded tassle instead of a fringe across the bottom (thank Heaven for those Indian/incense type shops for the linked plastic beaded necklaces)! Her favourite doo-dad was the ex-Avon lapel pin gold and purple Angel at the top right corner and her favourite piece of embroidery were the orange/yellow bullion roses.
This ATC size purse was for Amanda who has just turned 21. She chose her favourite colour scheme of white, pink and pastels although she didn’t see the actual purse until it was finished. I loved sewing this one and also choosing the various doo-dad with which to trim it including the Stirling silver 21st key. The beaded fringe at the bottom was made with glass beads and Swarvoski crystals.