Friday, May 14, 2010

New Grounds

This purse is one of those ideas that seem simple enough but when I got to the execution of it, it was anything but rapid.
First, I had to cut all the pieces the exact width and then sew them together and finally make bias tape of this very long length of fabric. Now, I wish that I had measured it because it would be fun to know how long. I did make it harder on myself because of the spiral. But the idea was most pleasing to me.
Somehow, I get myself into these hard ideas where each step takes a deep breath and a rethinking of my path. That is why it took so long. I would gt to a certain point and then have to walk the dogs so I could clear my head to see how to proceed.
The purse is completely silk. How I love to work with silk. The lining is silk as well. I was ale to use silk because my darling niece gave me this stack of samples that her friend had given her. Lucky me. I reveled in the silk and actually wanted to horde it. How rich am I - oh, I have oodles of sample silk! Now the oodles is down to a respectable level.

This lovely carving is an antique piece of White Jadeite. The gentleman that sold it to me said that it was a dragon "very good luck".
The bamboo handle was purchased on Etsy with a bundle of bamboo handles. Out of eight pieces, this was the best. The best construction and the best color. Oh well, Goodwill will get the others.
Below, you can see this Pumpkin Spice silk lining. The color is so perfect that I think I can smell the pie in the oven.
Happy Thanksgiving for getting to the completion of this purse.

The measurements are 9" x 9" x 5". It is not a small purse and that is why it took so long. I think that if I make another with the same idea, it will be smaller.


beadbabe49 said...

That is so you ever make tiny purses (like for coins or charms?)

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Silk, white jadeite and the bamboo handle...your materials are exquisite and then execution of ideas...beautiful! I like the way you ride the ride...take breaks and keep going. Have you ever tossed it all or placed half started into the bottom drawer? Again, this is a beauty!

Phyllis said...

What an incredible design. I love the feel of the asymmetrical aspect of the strips. You are an absolute master at this!