Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New Fabric Collage Bag

Well, here it is November 4th, Election day in the US. GOBAMA!!! There, I said it, and I won't say anymore!
I have just finished up a bag that I have created for my good friend Anna. Anna is a potter and she and I are bartering for some of our creations. I made the bag for her and I will be getting some of her lovely pottery for Christmas gifts.
This bag was a wonderful challenge for me. Anna favors a very earthy color pallette and she requested that her collage bag be created using greens, browns and some blue. I had to really search to find any brown in my fabric stash!!! I had tons of greens and blues, but brown is just not a color that I work with or even like!!!!! I had to grow my stash!!! Oh the horror of HAVING to go out and purchase some new fabric!!!!!!! (NOT!!!) While I was out and on the hunt, I found a wonderful remnant of upholstery fabric to use as the lining! Anna also asked that the bag be large enough to carry a water bottle and her small wallet. I decided to give the bag a flat bottom to accomodate the bottle.
Here are some shots of the bag.

Anna often uses acorns as a motif in her pottery so when I found these brown acorn beads I caused quite a stir in the bead store by doing a little happy dance!!

In this next shot you can see a close up of part of the back where I used my own fabric/paper beads.

Here you cn see the "paper bag style" bottom that I used to make room for Anna's water bottle. Then I put three fringes on either end as one MUST have beaded dangles on one of my bags!

Here you get a glimpse of the lining fabric.

Well, it is going to be a very exciting night watching the election returns come in, so I have to go and get dinner ready!!
I have more projects to share so I will post again soon!!!


The Blue Plum Shop said...

That is so pretty! I love it!

katelnorth said...

wow, great bag. And so far, great election (and I also won't say any more!)

Susan said...

I just returned from my six week residency in Maine and found myself knee deep in framing work. Still, I told my husband that I absolutely had to do some blogging this evening...to return a few heart-felt comments of thanks to many who left words on my blog while I was away.

So...THANK YOU! Thank you so very, very much for sending words of support and encouragement! Each and every comment helped me curb feelings of self doubt among the group of highly educated, extremely articulate, and totally professional artists. The comments kept my head up and my focus directed.

I also really enjoyed looking over your current work and trip to New England....reminds me of just last week! Also, congratulations on your recently published article!

Ati. Norway. said...

Beautiful, beautiful bag !! Congratulations with the new president !!

Marilyn Rock said...

This bag is stunning!

artisbliss said...

I'm enjoying seeing your wonderful bags recently.

Julie said...

Beautiful beautiful bag. I want one! :o)

Dot said...

This is so beautiful Elizabeth and so personal too. Your friend is going to love it!

Those acorns are a lovely touch.

I laughed out loud at your comment about needing to go out and get more fabric. We ALWAYS need more fabric to add to our stashes I think :)

And a biy yay for Obama being elected. The US have definitely got it right!

Dot xx

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Ro Bruhn said...

Elizabeth your bag is beautiful, one of my favourite colours and I can see your lovely hand made beads. I'm treasuring mine waiting for something special to put them on.
We're glad over here that the election went the way it did.


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