When I’m at a loss for inspiration, I sometimes go to my ‘starts’ and ‘maybes’ for something to continue. This is a piece of fabric that I do recall using for soaking up unused paint, with no intentional design.
Now I call it ‘confusion’ because only after it was complete did I see that it could have been a pink Peony. I stared at that blob and couldn’t see anything but a blob. Still, I felt like doing some hand stitching so for a few evenings, I poked the needle loaded with pearle cotton in and out to emphasize the lines that I did see.
Still not happy, of course, another day I felt like machine stitching so I did my ‘go to’ stitched grid. Well, at least it makes the hand stitching less vulnerable. Plus, it is now stitched to a firm stabilizer. I find the grid-stitching mindless and relaxing, maybe that’s why I do it.
I was compelled to add another line to the design. Here I am thinking……….but it’s not what I did.
After adding borders with a vintage madras plaid, I pulled out a piece of fabric that apparently I colored with the blue at the same time. I used it to make handles.
Here is the finished bag. A pouch? A little purse? Just think ‘Peony’!
One of a kind and available here in my Art2Carry Etsy Shop.
The story of an aimless creation. Many – if not most – original creations come about this way. Some work out better. I wish I had stayed in ‘think mode’ awhile. That’s why we sit and stare into space. We creators are busier than we look, believe me.
I have a soft spot for this bag! Perhaps because it has been so long since I sewed one, you think? But I really love this utility bag. Paint rag outer pockets that are totally accidental but seemed ready to be seen and admired. Made for stashing your handwork supplies.
Available here in my Art2Carry Etsy Shop. SOLD
Sliced Instructions Bag
I realized I had not shown you the completed bag Sliced Instructions. Here it is! Available in my Etsy Shop here.
Stenciled pouch of upcycled denim
Available here in my Etsy Shop
Old instructions (printed on fabric) for an electrical installation sliced and sewn, then a diagonal strip introduced. I plan on it being a bag of some sort………..It’s not finished because I switched to working on an oil painting and so it goes………..so THIS was last week…………exciting, right? It might turn out interesting. But it will be useful, also.
Utility Pouch of Upcycled Work Pants
I’m not certain what I thought I was showing you here, but you might as well look. (I did add another small pocket inside the outer pocket.) Raw pieces of used trousers that I clean my paint rollers on. I just hate to waste anything. The orange and red are from working at my mixed-media table, again just ‘using up’. Then one evening I picked it up and started stitching the red lines because I had nothing else in my mind to do. The fingers need to do something, even when void of inspiration.
Painted and hand embroidered pouch is here in My Etsy Shop.
This small chunk of fabric is visible in an earlier post – not too far back, just a few scrolls or clicks will probably get you there. See that circle one? It is completed too. I’ll post photos of that another day.
Inspired by rugged tree bark, this bag progressed from photo to fabric to stitching to a touch of hand embroidery.
Machine free-motion stitching and hand embroidery
I chose a green/gray canvas fabric, stitched it to a layer of stabilizer and muslin with stitching lines resembling wood grain.
Bag ready for final construction
Main outer pieces of bag ready for final ‘sew up’. So near and yet so far!
Tree Bark Bag With Knot Hole Coin Purse
I must whine a little and tell you it was a long journey between my first glance at that tree and the final photo of the completed bag.
Inner zipper pocket in lining, three outer pockets, plus the ‘knot hole’ coin purse. More photos in my Etsy Shop. But more specifically, the Tree Bark Bag is here.
I should show you the other side –
Tree Bark Bag, Side 2
Paint Rag Patchwork Bag outer pocket with loop and vintage button closing
Fabric scraps that were used to absorb or wipe paint at my mixed media work table
Some of my favorite materials are the ones I didn’t plan. These scraps of quality cotton fabric were used as utility rags while playing with paints.
Many colors together can become a cohesive piece.
Free stitching adding design lines on pieced fabrics. (Puzzled by the painted design on table surface? It’s part of my old business sign – nostalgic!)
I stitch lines while spontaneously choosing imagined forms in the splotches of color. (I love that center leaf shape!)
More photos and description are in my Etsy Shop.
Available here: Paint Rag Patchwork Bag
Fabric trimmed and lined in red to form outside pocket on denim bag
Pieced and stitched fabric forms featured outer pocket
Side of bag with flap covering main compartment
Key Fob and Coin Purse with Viscott quote
My pyrography in sun design inspired this round coin purse.
Sewing the sun rays
I later added a touch of brighter red to the wood disk.
One side sewn onto zipper and quote piece
Lining pinned for hand sewing
But first I ‘faced’ the first side of the bag, sewing most of it by machine then hand sewing after turning.
Sun Love Quote Coin Purse and Key Fob
Here is the finished little bag and wood-burned and painted sun fob with 4 strand braid finger loop handle.
“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott
Available here. SOLD
Sepia altered landscape on bifold card wallet.
Sometimes (who am I kidding?)………OFTEN I can’t decide what to do on a project so I pick up a different one that is in progress. This piece had been abandoned and forgotten. Last week it had surfaced out of the depth of the ‘lacking success’ box. As I do when I don’t know what else to do with something, I sanded it and applied another coat of sealer. This made it look like perhaps it was meant to look the way it looked. (Make sense to you? Many things don’t make sense, you just keep on keepin’ on.)
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