In Wednesday's posting, I promised it would be finished for today and then yesterday got all turned around. Instead of sewing all afternoon, I went house hunting.... for the perfect house with the perfect basement suite at the perfect price.
Houses here are selling fast. You have to know what you want and buy it when you see it which can be a bit......
... nerve wracking for a first time buyer like my oldest son. He has decided to move to Salmon Arm which I'm taking as a supreme compliment. It was fun to go shopping with him and he made a great choice. We're still waiting to hear back if his offer has been accepted but hopefully. If so, he'll move early September. If not, he'll keep looking.
And...... YES YES... I did get the bag done. It started with two more pieces from the possibility box, one for the main fabric and one for the lining and bias trim.
The cord is a piece of beige shoestring that I zigzag stitched over to add the green color. It's stitched to the side of the bag and then "decorated" on each end with a smaller button that matches the focal one on the front. The strap is quite secure. For walking with a wallet. Although I may add an inside snap to hold my keys just to make sure that if I fall, they don't fall out. I'd prefer not to fall - VBG.
The main fabric is a surface design piece I made quite a while ago when I really didn't know what I was doing. It is - IMHO - rather ugly... which is perfect. Start With Ugly is one of the lessons in my course Self Expressions and it's a great place to begin playing from because there's no where to go but up.
To give the elements more vitality, I started by outlining the purple shapes with a black felt (for fabric) pen. The left side of the fabric in the image above has black outlining and the right side does not. It makes quite a difference and reminds me of cross-stitch. Adding the black outline always did wonders.
In addition to felt pens, I used pencil crayons to outline the other shapes and then set the colors with a steam iron. I'm pleased with how the fabric turned out. It's far more interesting than what I started with.
I like the finished bag too. It'll work perfect for what I wanted. When I started working with this piece, I felt a new level of confidence and freedom with surface design possibilities than I've felt in the past, like I'd turned some kind of comfort corner - a VERY nice bonus
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - ugly fabric to lovely purse