Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I'd like to be able, when I want, to suspend the tendency I have to overthink, overplan and overwork. This purse is an exercise in spontaneous and improvised. I pulled out a scrap of linen, some leftover 2" fabric squares, and the little bit of crochet and whipped this up in about an hour. The fabric patches are raw-edged and zig zag appliqued. I didn't have any matching thread so I quilted it (wavy and crooked) in variegated red/green thread. I measured only enough to insure that the lining would fit inside the purse. Very satisfying and I like it, overall. It doesn't have quite the offhand look I was trying for. Wonky is still more difficult for me than even and straight.
I saw a pillow a few years ago, similar in design, and thought then it would make a cute purse. Another one to scratch off the to-do list. ;o)
Friday, April 16, 2010
I tried five different background designs and Kitty rejected them all. Then I noticed this fabric and the flowers that would be so right for embroidery and beads. Colors bold enough to stand up to the black and white stripe. I like it even though it's not even close to the original plan. I do hope Kitty's mom likes it as well and can find a spot for it in their 18th century house in CT.