Happy New Year everyone! I'm back from my short blogging break and I have to say it felt very strange not to be posting something every few days. I've been working on a few projects over the last couple of weeks and I just finished this one yesterday:
This is brown Ultrasuede stenciled with Lumiere paint. I had to buy 4 different shades of gold paint until I found the one that I thought looked the best against the light brown US. This bag is my own design,I call it a bucket bag and it stands about 11"high with about a 7"diameter. It has a drawstring close and the strap is adjustable in length. You can also wear it as a backpack by unhooking one side of the strap and feeding it through a loop in the back:
It looks like a complicated bag to make but it's actually quite easy. I originally designed this bag for a handbag class that I wrote when I first started teaching online. I did an article on making one with handwoven fabric for the Handwoven magazine Jan/Feb 2007 issue and Joggles still actually has some of the packaged patterns in stock. I love to make bags. They're one of my favorite things to design and sew. Maybe I should think about writing a new making bags and purses class. What do you think,is there any interest out there in learning to make bags and purses? Speaking of online classes,the Journal Making for the Fiber Artist class starts in just a few weeks.
I also put together some new notebooks because I had depleted my stash of the ones that I had during the Two Creative Studios 12 Days of Giveaways that Terri and I did.
I like to keep a stack of these on hand so that I always have something ready to send as a gift or giveaway.
Have a great weekend everyone!