Friday, March 5, 2010

Vintage Basket Purse

I found this vintage needle point about one month ago. I have been thinking about it from the day it came into my life. I offered it to my darling niece but she said that I should keep it. That presented a new set of problems. Should I keep it and use if as the pillow that it was intended or should I just feel free and cut it into the size I wanted? I have a hard time in cutting or changing a piece of work that someone else has crafted. Even though it is mine and even if it is old. I felt very daring and I went ahead and cut it to the size I wanted. I had been looking at one of my books about handbags and I was intrigued by the "basket purses" there were popular in the 1880's. I liked that idea. Even though I did not use a basket for the foundation, I did use a form the wrap the needlepoint around. The top, which is silk, does not close but it gives the impression of closing. The chain seems to enrich the colors of the needlepoint. It has changed from from my original concept but it always works better if I follow the flow. It is not a small purse. It measures 12" (top of silk) x 8" wide.


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

It's a vintage basket purse with your touch, your twist and have taken the basket purse to another level. WOW!I love the combinations of fabric and the's a beauty! said...

This is so beautiful! I think you have done the right thing with this piece even though you said it was hard cutting into initially. Very, very lovely. I am drawn to anything with flowers, but this piece is exceptional.