Friday, February 16, 2018

A Single Small Black Purse

There are three more weeks left before I leave on my trip and I'd like to spend the last one organizing travel details and packing which means I have just two weeks to finish the outfits. It's getting to crunch time which is why...





... I've decided to take a single small black purse instead of making a purse to go with each outfit. I spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday working on the two of the six purses and the was reminded of how much I hate glue. I painted and quilted the fabric for the second purse and love it so I'll finish that at some time in the future only after I'd pulled apart the purple purse for the third time, it was obvious I didn't have enough time for purses right now HOWEVER...





... at the same time, I started working on the shoes. Of the six pairs, I'm painting four. I picked these Clarks up at the thrift store - LOL, I'm sure you guessed that - and then...





... painted them with two coats of bright orange (right shoe) and then one coat of copper (left shoe). The copper is the same paint used on the pants I'll be wearing these with and the two together have a lot of energy. That's also the outfit with the knitted vest that I was blocking earlier this week. I'm going to a friend's studio later this afternoon and plan to sew it together there.

Two of the outfits are completely complete. Three have a piece of jewelry to be finished. Two need a top finished. And one needs the vest finished. This feels doable especially as one top is sewn and needs tweaking, the other is cut out, and the vest is blocked and needs the shoulder seams sewn. Two of the necklaces are in process (see below) and only one necklace (of the six items left to be finished) needs to be decided from start and I have the beads to begin that process with. Even so, I'll need to be organized and disciplined.



 


This silver necklace combines parts from two necklaces I'd made earlier. To give the button pendant more depth, I added another metal plate below the first one with clear buttons in-between to space the distance. The glue didn't dry as quickly as I'd hoped so I couldn't finish it yesterday but the parts are ready to be assembled today as are...





... the parts for the lime necklace. I showed the start of this piece before. It's been waiting patiently and yesterday, I stitched the knitting to the cording so it wouldn't shuffle and bunch up and then I added beads to the chain with open spaces and created two larger beads by wrapping yarn around pieces of copper tubing, wetting it with a glue/water mix, and adding metallic paint once that dried. I've wrapped each end of the three chains to hold the knitting tight where I cut the ends to length and all I need to figure out is how they will attach to each other, the closure, and a pendant to hang below the upper chain/smaller bead. I plan to cover an existing pendant but am still deciding whether to stay completely lime or to introduce another colour - definitely more glitter either way.

If all goes as planned today, I will finish the silver necklace, the lime necklace, and the turquoise vest. Over the weekend, I'd like finish the necklace for the orange outfit and painting the shoes so that just the two tops remain. LOL - wish me luck.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful
- a small number of items to finish and a plan

10 comments:

  1. Wow. Everything looks so good! I love the shoes, jewelry and wait impatiently to see the complete ensembles. Now, did I miss something?? - where are you venturing to?

    Still cold and windy here in the Midwest, with melting slop beginning to abound 8-).

    IaBovine

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    1. Thank you. Yes... LOL... apparently you did miss something. I am going to a Design Outside the Lines workshop with Diane Ericson mid March. It's six days so I'm making six complete outfits including the lower garment, upper garment, any cardigan or topper, and the jewelry for sure. I'd originally planned on purses too and not now. I'm also coordinating shoes either by choosing ones that work or by painting some to work. I've picked up some really good quality shoes at the thrift store for next to nothing which is TOO FUN. - - - It's snowing like crazy right now and apparently is going to snow so much that the weather office isn't even attaching a number to it. Hmm...

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  2. I don't know where you get all your energy!

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    1. LOL - my kids are grown and gone. I don't have a full time job. My husband is only home on weekends. I'm more introverted than extroverted. All that helps. And, I'm totally addicted.

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  3. I love seeing your progress and can't wait to see the completed outfits. I'm sure Diane will be happy. Karen

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    1. My friend Sheri will be at the retreat and she knows about this project but other than blog readers, it's a private one - a gift to myself. I imagine Diane will notice some of the pieces but mostly it makes me happy.

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  4. What do you paint the shoes with? I love that idea and yours look great.

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    1. I used Golden Fluid Acrylics as well as Jacquard Textile paint - whichever had the colour I wanted. You can wax them, spray them with a clear, or add Future floor polish to finish them. I'm glad they look good. There are lots of videos online for painting and/or dyeing shoes.

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  5. Beautiful! I would also like to know what kind of paint you used to paint the shoes?

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    1. I answered that above. I've found that leather shoes are the best and to prep the surface with acetate so the paint will absorb. Thin layers work best.

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