Type of item: Accessory
Style: Mod, Classic, Traditional, Holiday, Cute, Casual
Geometric Upholstery Fabric for exterior, Red Linen Lining, Key Fob, Magnetic Snaps, and Polymer Clay Beads and Bracelet to go with the Purse
What was your inspiration?
Tomato Soup. The color of this purse reminds me of tomato soup on a cold winter's day . . .
As I was constructing the purse, I thought I'd try to imitate the geometric shapes of the purse fabric to make some polymer clay beads and bracelet. Have you seen about Donna Kato's fabulous book -"The Art of Polymer Clay, Millefiori Techniques" If you have one item on your short list for Christmas, gift yourself this book. I'm a beginner in polymer clay . . . and I learned so much from this book, and am having fun making beads and bracelets. The book is loaded with illustrations and neat ideas!
What are you most proud of?
I backed the red linen lining with a medium to heavy iron-on stabilizer--giving the purse some body and durability.
The purse flap is re-inforced with a layer of buckrum (sp?), a light weight, but extra stiff stabilizer used to sew hat brims. Terrific stuff. Easy to use. You can find it at Hancock Fabrics. Under $3 a yard.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make stabilizers mentioned above part of the foundation of your future purses. You'll love the results.