I’ve been working on these new cross-body bags for months among the other parts of my life. I had the idea of creating textural crazy-patchwork bag flaps and then decorating on top of the patchwork. Remember the glass beads and embroidery thread I posted about? I happily put those to use. Each bag flap is patchworked in wools, silks, linens, and cottons to produce texture. Each bag is also themed by colour. Each contains a divided lining, the divider of which is padded as well. The sides (made from vintage floral sheets) are padded and couched / quilted with yarn, and the straps are adjustable.
After sewing the textured fabric scraps onto a base fabric for this pink bag, I got out my embroidery thread, buttons, and glass beads and went to work. I didn’t plan much, except to go in a circle, and I stitched my way around. I added a flower in the middle, and then added buttons and green beads in a pattern within the circle. The lining fabric is from a vintage cotton sheet that is white with pink roses. The bag body is made from a pink and orange floral Wabasso vintage cotton sheet.
This next bag done in blues is lined with a vintage sheet with blue roses on it. Again, I textured the bag flap with different fabrics. For this one, I decided to go over all the lines with a simple feathered embroidery stitch in blue thread. I love how it turned out! And so did a friend of mine who organizes the NS Art & Craft Sale every November. She had been asking me for a few years to make her a bag with a divided lining, and she is the reason I finally sat down to figure out how to do that. I figured it out and started making them. When she asked me again a few months ago, she told me she’d love one in blues. I said, “I happen to be working on one in blues; I’ll show it to you when I’m done.” I was able to do that last week, and she loved it so much she scooped it up upon seeing it the first time. I love it every time someone bursts out with joy upon seeing my creations!
This next one received a lot of attention at the Windfall Fine Art & Handcraft Market a couple of weeks ago. I think the bright oranges and all the beading caught people’s eyes. My favourite part of this patchwork is the wool with gray and orange stripes. I love stripes, dots, gingham, and floral patterns. Anyway, I did some laidwork embroidery in the flower and added a button centre. Then I firmly sewed on orange glass beads in a curved manner – I had never applied beads this way before, and it was fun! Relaxing, actually. I like it better than applying beads randomly on a piece of fabric. It seems to have a bigger visual impact. This bag is lined with blue floral vintage sheet fabric.
And the final bag is done in greens. I think my favourite fabric on this bag flap is the greenish yellow silk on the right. It’s just so shimmery! Again, I created a laidwork embroidery flower and encircled it with a feather embroidery stitch. Then I added a large clear glass bead to the middle. It didn’t seem finished; so I added lines of iridescent glass beads radiating out from the large bead, and then I was pleased with the look. This beauty is lined with fabric from a white vintage Wabasso sheet covered in large yellow roses.
I shall have these bags (minus the already-sold blue one) for sale at the above-mentioned NS Art & Craft Sale, November 3 and 4. See “Shows” page for details.
My next post will feature the latest mittens I’ve been creating!