Barbed Wire Bag

Barbed wire art was further embellished with machine stitching

Barbed wire art pouch.

Fabric is upcycled from uniform trousers.

Planning first side of bag using wire art

Planning first side of bag using wire art

This insert is based on  a charcoal study of barbed wire. I further developed it with a wash of liquid textile pigment (after using school glue resist). I did some quick stitching roughly following the lines of my drawing. I stitched it to a firm stabilizer with tightly spaced meandering rows of machine stitching. The ‘oops’ in the upper left corner inspired the next machine stitching:

......but no. Not a 'keeper'!

……but no. Not a ‘keeper’!

Above photo also shows a thinking process that was scrapped immediately, BUT – it did give me an idea for another project.

Planning side 2

Planning side 2

Now I have the first side sewn to a zippered ‘boxing’ and have decided to add an open pocket to the second side. I’m giving the top a nice concave curve to increase the opening size. Next photo shows the pocket lined and ready. Then I decide to add a flap to secure contents. I kept the flap within the edges of the opening so it will tuck down inside if the user wishes to do so. The other piece I didn’t use in this bag.

Showing inside of wire art side and outer pocket

Showing inside of wire art side and outer pocket

Utility pouch or clutch bag, open pocket with flap side

Utility pouch or clutch bag, open pocket with flap side

Seems like quite a skip but in this photo of the finished bag I have added a simple looped strap with a clip to secure the flap. The other side of the loop holds a split ring for use on the inside of the zippered compartment. The truth is that I like this side better than the ‘art’ side. Maybe I’ll keep it simple for awhile, exploring more shaping and stitching techniques. Yes -no – maybe….

This zipper pouch is available in my online shop.

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