Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design »
InstructionsNo special Instructions.
I used leftover fabrics from other projects to make this purse and semi-attached coin purse;
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Cute, Casual, Mod, Funky
Purple Kona cotton, Cotton Batiks, felt, embroidery floss, decorative cording and ribbons. Vintage buttons, 7 inch zipper, warm and natural batting, velcro, machine embroidery grasshopper design.
What was your inspiration?
I was inspired by Carol Ann Waugh's Stupendous Stitching online Craftsy class to build this purse. This class was a turning point for me. I look at material differently since taking Carol's class. She inspired me to take plain fabric and make it exuberant!
I added felt circles to the purse exterior--inspired by a vintage bubble gum machine in the bathroom of my 1893 Queen Anne Victorian house.
What are you most proud of?
I am proud of using up the rest of the purple Kona cotton leftover from another project. I didn't have enough leftover purple Kona cotton, so I improvised and added 2 different Batik cottons on the exteior and interior.
I used machine embroidered grasshopper to decorate a little purple coin purse that attaches to the interior of the larger purse with sewn-in velcro strips. 4 pockets were added to the interior using the 2 Batik cottons.
The machine decorative stitching is fast, and the couching with rat tail cording, and ribbons are fun. Hand embroidery techniques are new skills I learned in Carol's class and the texture looks terrific against the deep purple.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Take the Stupendous Stitching class--you will never look at a hunk of cloth the same ever again!
The Stupendous Stitching class is the best class I've ever taken. I've been a serious sewer for years, but was so conservative in my sewing style. I always played it safe, and I ALWAYS followed the rules. Imagine my surprise to learn so many new skills in just one online course. And gasp . . . I'm experimenting and have no rules (no obstacles) in my way, thanks to Carol. She's more than just a great smile . . . she's a great teacher.
So glad I took this class.