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New Rag Bag


I’m sewing again.

Book ‘Keeper’

cb2017-5eBag for travel record book with matching cover photo of vintage leather suitcase. Book and bag set available in my Gray Zinnia Etsy shop.


Bag of Instructions


Sliced Instructions Bag

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



Polka Dot Sun Pouch

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Available here in my Etsy Shop (sold)

Trifold Card Wallets

Old canvases that were truly not ever going to be on a wall were ripped from their stretchers a few years ago. But they did inspire these simple trifold card wallets. Simple, fast and funky and upcycled!

Old canvases that were not ever going to be on a wall were ripped from their stretchers a few years ago. But they did inspire these simple trifold card wallets. Simple, fast, funky and upcycled!

Besides being ripped and sanded this one was burned.

Besides being ripped and sanded some were burned. Now I’m a pyromaniac. But I do have fun.

In my Etsy Shop.

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

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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Wire Roll Bag


At last, after machine troubles and ……..not too many brain troubles!….is the bag that came to mind inspired by the roll of old fence wire (previous post ‘First Snow’). Canvas was seamed to fit around a plastic pipe fitting, as I wanted the line of color to be continuous. It is wrapped with twine from my upholstery supply cabinet. This is a Shibori technique.(Certainly not an example of how beautiful Shibori can be but it suited my purpose.)

I then applied pigment with brush and let it set while I went to the dentist the next day. Back in the studio, I was eager to unwrap and view. I considered cutting into two pieces, then realized it still lacked the look I wanted. So I stitched continuously around the canvas tube. I love the ‘Slinky’ look! I then raided my vintage tin and found just the right button for the inner pocket tab. I sewed tabs for grommets, stitched a cotton lining with zipper pocket and large button tab pocket.
Available in my Etsy Shop.

Hello world!

This blog is to show you – as well as myself! – how what I see each day influences what I create. Traveling, reading and listening all contribute to what hands and mind make for the world to see – or for you to use and value. My intention is also to encourage others by showing the beginnings of joining ordinary materials with inspiration and achievable skills.