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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

 

Upcycled + Textile Art Bag

The truth is that not all things creative are born of inspiration. Some are just built a day at a time like Life until suddenly a direction is determined. It appears this piece started aimlessly to use up paint or maybe I just didn’t know what I wanted to do that day.

I liked the painted strip but decided to combine it with other fabric and somehow 'mesh' the two.

I liked the painted strip but decided to combine it with other fabric and somehow ‘mesh’ the two.

Sandwiching fabric and batting with a bit of modern Trapunto technique (the added circles)

Sandwiching fabric and batting with a bit of modern Trapunto technique (the added circles)

With a theme of circles and connecting lines I 'marry' the light fabric to the painted insert.

With a theme of circles and connecting lines I ‘marry’ the light fabric to the painted insert.

 

Painted and quilted fabric pieces and planning the bag.

Painted and quilted fabric pieces and planning the bag.

I know that’s quite a jump. It’s not hard to notice that more painting has been done. Alas, I couldn’t find any photos for you of the process. Continue reading

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: 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

The Other Side Raggy Bag

It was time to convert some of my fabric scraps to something useful. The collection is gaining too much volume! Early on, I decided to skip the red and white and stick to a more monochromatic blue/green/gray theme – a work horse bag with humor! 

I laid out cotton muslin as my base fabric and quickly layered scrap pieces, wanting to cover the base but keep it spontaneous.ImageImageImageImage

On impulse, I picked up a strip of muslin and laid it over the scraps. Continue reading

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Gray Lace Bags

Gray Lace Bags

Ghost print of the lace used on the denim in previous post. I always have something handy – or find something fast! – to use the last of anything. This material was once worn as a working man’s uniform trousers. Sturdy stuff. I liked the incongruity of the lace on the durable fabric that was already carelessly paint splotched with the blue. (See, it does look blue here! A previous post would tell why I couldn’t resist this comment.) These bags could also be further painted or embellished but I’ll leave that decision for someone else. Grunge bags for brushes or long tools, paper rolls or knitting needles. Available in my Etsy Shop.

Long one – SOLD

Canvas Splatter Bag

Sometimes the beginnings are simply the availability of materials. I hate to waste! This paint is on my home office walls but it does not look like this at all. Color can be such a mystery. It is a dark blue but it usually looks green. (I do love green but it was not my intention. I will repaint when my home project list shortens up a bit. You didn’t expect an artist to have a clean sink, did you?)ImageImage

I soaked the cheesecloth in diluted paint and laid it on the canvas with no expectations. I impulsively decided to use it without further development. (Seems like I said that same thing not too long ago!) I fused the canvas to high quality decorator chintz, grabbed painted blue denim for the zipper top and proceeded to construct the bag. It was stiff and difficult to work with but I switched to my trusty old commercial Bernina and all went well. Canvas BagI consulted my salvage drawer for cords and found some I had saved from fabric sample books. I couldn’t quite remember how to do a 4-strand braid. The braid book – although beautiful – required a bit more concentration than I was willing for. So I did a quick internet search and made notes on my hand as to which strand went where. I can remember it for awhile again.

Braiding the zipper pulls

Braiding the zipper pulls -Second strand over first, 3 over 4, 2 over 3. That’s how it goes!


Available in my Etsy Shop. SOLD

Landscape Bag

I like the way the thin pigment traveled along the threads. I'll be using this technique more often.

I like the way the thin pigment traveled along the threads. I’ll be using this technique more often.

Start to finish!

Start to finish!

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Happy Accidents

Coin purse completed with key ring and clip, slice of upcycled leather on zipper pull

Coin purse completed with key ring and clip, slice of upcycled leather on zipper pull

First bag made
Fabric from 'Starts' and selected lining

Fabric from ‘Starts’ and selected lining


Sometimes improvement is only a hazy possibility. I pulled this fabric from my Starts box. (I’m not telling you how many of those I have.) Or perhaps it could be called the To Be Continued box(es!). It lay on my cutting table for weeks. I couldn’t decide how to develop it further. I liked the colorwash quality of what was no doubt a casual experiment or discarded result of another work. Perhaps I could have made something wonderful from it – or perhaps I would have ruined what was good. This is always the big decision for any creation.

One day I just felt like sewing so that is what I did. The bright red orange cotton worked perfectly as lining.

I made the handy size zipper pouch, then a key ring pouch using the remainder.

Available in my Etsy Shop.