Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hippie Bag Completed

Well, and taking a deep breath, I say I finished this "Hippie Bag". Deep sigh. It took me a long time with a lot of other ideas and jobs getting in the way. Hand sewing is not the fun that it looks like on someone else. I tend to get impatient and think ahead to much. There is very little machine sewing on this bag. I had to make sure that the stitches were small and uniform and to use thread that had polyester in it, so in later years the thread wouldn't deteriorate. I listened to books on tape while I sewed. That helped to take my mind off my impatience and was fun as well.
This purse is all silk scrapes from other purses that I have made. I do not throw usable pieces of silk away. After all, a small piece of silk could be a very nice accent for something in the future. Then, time passes and I had a small box of "scrapes", hence the "Hippie Bag". When I got to the finish line, I realized that since it was a "Hippie Bag", I needed a small bag for important things. That is why I made the "stash bag". At this point, it will have to be for cosmetics.

Both sides have a pocket for sunglasses and cell phone. Plus there are three pockets on the inside of the bag. That way, keys will come immediately to hand.
I found in my boxes all the little extra beads and butterflies to adorn my purse. There are bone butterflies, Amber and small Coral beads.
I had the most fun at the very end by sewing on the beads. It always seems so satisfying to put the finishing touches on a major effort such as this.


patrice said...

WOW! It's a work of art, and I can see why you save silk scraps! They are electric!
Bravo Pat!!!
Wow, again!

beadbabe49 said...

It's so beautiful and I love the little stash bag as well!

Run Lori Run said...

Oooooooh! Love the patchwork and the butterflies!