The idea for this purse came to me as whole. The idea was given to me in a flash. The parts were all there. It was one of those moments when I was sure I was swimming in the stream of creative consciousness.
I had bought this fabric and the lining at FIDM the Saturday before, I had ordered the silk bolo ties about a month previous (but they were on back order). the handles were purchased on a whim. When I received the bolo ties, I opened the small package and just admired them. Then lightening hit and I started pulling things out and there it was, a completed idea in my brain.
But like all lightening flashes, it took a long time to go through the cinders. It took a daily effort to make this into reality. Much hand sewing, which I do not enjoy, went into this. I basted every step of the way.
I wove the bolo ties and silk cord into the fabric and in order for the ties not to pull out, I sewed each and knotted each underneath. Then there was interlining to deal with and secure. On and on and on.
The fabric is silk and mohair and wool. The inside is lined with rust Satin with three pockets. The handles are wood wrapped with twine.
The purse measures 8 3/4" x 14", not counting the handles