Sunday, June 11, 2017

A functional work in progress

I put myself on deadline so I could finish this in time to show my teenaged granddaughter when we go to the beach. Happily, the placket cloth is now usable as a shoulder bag ...


even though there are minor details to be attended to, such as substituting proper sized D-rings for the top knot (the ones I got are too wide) and managing the fringes so they don't go any farther (although I don't think that would be the end of the world, actually) ...


Overall, I'm quite pleased ...


The interior pockets are just the right size for my wallet and phone ...


while the very deep back pocket will serve well for odds and ends that get used less often ...


Best of all, I can still add stitching on the go ...


which is sure to get me some side-long looks at the airport next week!

11 comments:

Mo Crow said...

love the contrast between the paisley spiral and river stitches

Liz A said...

Thanks Mo ... that sort of evolved when I realized the paisley/spiral might be too vulnerable to the wear and tear of a working bag. It's now safely tucked under the front flap. Hopefully the riverine channels will hold up.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

she will love the bag. Will you take the strips with you
and weave a little with her?

Liz A said...

Grace - Don agrees and thinks Logan will want me to make her one, too (this is modeled after a turquoise bag I gave her on her birthday, so perhaps not).

And taking strips with me to weave together ... thanks for a great idea!

Sue McQ said...

Liz, the purse is a work of art. One of a kind, just like you. I have grown so frustrated
with every purse I own - perhaps a home grown one is what I need
to create. As always, you are an inspiration.
Blessings from F & me to you & Don

Liz A said...

Thanks Sue - I made a homegrown purse for just that reason. My first try, which was supposed to be a prototype for future bags, ended up on my shoulder for two years. This bag is different and I like it better. However, it's still too heavy. The problem isn't the purse, it's what I put in it. I'm hoping this smaller size will keep me from carrying so much around.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I WONDERED what you would make with that fabric you created. Pretty cool. Very original. I always love stitching purses, but admit I have never actually MADE the fabric, except for crazy quilt blocks.
xx, Carol

deemallon said...

it came out great. what a fabulous idea to keep it a 'work in progress' -- especially for airport sitting!

Liz A said...

Carol - Thanks ... and I'm pretty sure crazy quilting counts as making fabric (in my opinion anyway)

Dee - glad you like it ... I'm thinking I can start stitching the inside once I run out of room on the outside (ha)

Velma Bolyard said...

liking htis concept very much, well done.

Liz A said...

Velma - Belated thanks ... it traveled well (from Texas to North Carolina to Minnesota and back)