Tag Archives: functional textile art

Bag of Instructions

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Sliced Instructions Bag

I realized I had not shown you the completed bag Sliced Instructions. Here it is! Available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Purple Sun Pouch

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Stenciled pouch of upcycled denim

Available here in my Etsy Shop

Sliced Instructions

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. IMG_1744

Tall Gray Pouch

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Utility Pouch of Upcycled Work Pants

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Unplanned embroidery

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Under Construction

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.

Tree Bark Bag With Knot Hole Coin Purse

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

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

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

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

Tree Bark Bag, Side 2

 

 

 

Paint Rag Patchwork and Upcycled Denim Bag

Paint Rag Patch Bag outer pocket with loop and vintage button closing

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

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

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

Fabric trimmed and lined in red to form outside pocket on denim bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pieced and stitched fabric forms featured outer pocket

Pieced and stitched fabric forms featured outer pocket

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Side of bag with flap covering main compartment

 

Sun Love Quote Bag

Key Fob and Coin Purse with Viscott quote

Key Fob and Coin Purse with Viscott quote

My pyrography in sun design inspired this round coin purse.

Sewing the sun rays

Sewing the sun rays

I later added a touch of brighter red to the wood disk.

One side sewn onto zipper and quote piece

One side sewn onto zipper and quote piece

Lining pinned for hand sewing

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

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

Landscape Card Wallet

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.)

Today I chose a vintage linen/cotton  Continue reading

‘Circle-Purple’ Painted Canvas Pouch

Painted Canvas bag with zipper and 4-strand leather braid zipper pull

Painted Canvas bag with zipper and 4-strand leather braid zipper pull

This canvas zipper pouch began as a way to save every drop of liquid pigment applied to another fabric. It went through the ugly stage as art often does. Even after applying acrylic paint to save it from doom, my vision was to add thread embellishment. But here -without machine stitching – is the Circle-Purple Pouch with process photos:  Continue reading