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Batik Summer Purse

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Whimsical, Mod, Cute, Hipster, Classic, Funky
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What materials did you use? Colorful Cotton Batik Fabrics, Stitch Witchery (fabric glue sheet), Wristlet Metal Connector, O Ring, Metal Lobster Claw Quick Connector.

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What are you most proud of? After cutting out the purse exterior and lining from the blue/gray batik, I added colorful fabric strips and fused triangles with Stitch Witchery (heat set glue sheet with an iron). PERFECT SATIN STITCHES I backed each exterior and lining piece with ironed on freezer paper. The freezer paper improves the body of the fabric and keeps satin stitches perfect--no puckering! Before satin stitching around the triangles and other fabric strips--I reduce the zig-zag stitch length to create a perfect satin stitch. On my machine, zig-zag stitch width 3.2 and stitch length .4 After I finish satin stitches I just tear away the freezer paper stabilizer, My bulletin board (see photo) is where I I keep notes tacked up about standard stitch adjustments I use frequently, like the satin stitch setting. I keep other notes, sketches, and ideas there too. My bulletin board is a vintage 1950s doiley stretcher. Its art work and a bulletin board all in one! The doiley stretcher belonged to my great grandmother Edna b.1873-d,1957. Thank you grandma, its fun using your stuff!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make a bulletin board for your sewing room. I put all kinds of things on my bulletin board including the button that came off of my winter coat. It was a good reminder to get it sewed back on my coat.

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Once again, a bag is instantly recognizable as your creation. Your style is so unique! Thank you for the bit about your grandmother. Wasn't she lovely? I had never heard of a doily stretcher, but of course, there had to be such a product. In fact, there are times that I could have used one. Do you have other items that belonged to her?

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Hello 2 strings. Do you want to read Great Grandma Edna's diaries? I have a website blog about grandma's 50+ annual diaries from 1902 when she was a young bride, until 1957 when she passed away. I've been transcribing and posted them on a blog called Edna's Diaries. http://www.ednasdiaries.blogspot.com/ I've posted lots of photo images of her, her mother, her grandparents (both sides), her father, her brother and sister, her son. I've posted 1902 until 1913 so far. I still have another 40+ diaries to transcribe and post, and many more photos. I knew Grandma Edna briefly until I was six years old. I don't remember her talking directly to me, but I remember her voice distinctly, and can play it back in my head even now. I have an emerald green berry bowl set that belonged to her--a wedding gift in 1898, and recently received her baby doll from my aunt. I have photographs of Edna when she was a baby, a teenager, a bride, a housewife, a widow, and into her older years. I'm so proud to have these things of hers. I've learned so much about her by reading her diaries. I know the things she loved, what she read, the movie pictures she attended, the community clubs she and her husband Howard belonged to, how and when each and every modern home's invention was introduced to her house and lifestyle, who's funerals she sang for, her enemies, her friends, and world events as they unfolded. I wish these diaries could be a mini-series. By the way, 2 strings--I want to tell you what a pleasure it is to know you, and to receive praise from you about my work. One of these days, I'm going to make a road trip to see you and thank you in person. I'll bring you one of my handbags.

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Diaries! Oh, how wonderful! I've done a great deal of research on our family's history, but I've never had the good fortune to run across a diary. Your grandmother must have been a most remarkable woman! I only knew one of my grandmother's and she died when I was twelve, but her influence lingers on even now. She taught me how to knead bread and how to tell when it was ready. I that's why I love bread baking.

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Meant to write 'I'm sure" that's why I love bread baking. If you ever do make a trip through Nebraska let me know. It would be such a delight to meet you in person. I'll make you an apron and a mug rug. :)

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