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Stupendous Stitching Purse

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Finished Purse & Coin Bag

Created in this Craftsy class

Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design taught by Carol Ann Waugh

Set your sewing machine and imagination free in this fun exploration of embroidery designs, decorative sewing machine stitches, couching and binding.

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Category Quilting
Type Accessory
Style Casual, Funky
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What materials did you use? 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.

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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.

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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.

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what pattern did you use...your purse is fantastic!

05/14/2013 Flag

I love all your work. I especially like how you took your stupendous stitching piece and created a new expression with it. It talks to me. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful work.

07/07/2013 Flag

Your work is amazing, love it. Thanks for sharing.

09/13/2013 Flag

Sew, where so you sell your purses Shoestring? (I lived in Wild Rose for 10 years, close to you, right?) I still have friends there, I want to tell them about you and your purses.

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