Saturday, April 22, I have the privilege once again of being the Featured Artist at Tina’s on the Strand for ArtWalk! To prepare for this event, I’ve been sewing up a storm, and thought I would give you a sneak preview of the show.
Sea Garden was designed from a modification of the Sara Lawson pattern, Arabesque. Now a fairly large clutch, it was fashioned from turquoise faux crocodile and layed flowers from Mood Fabrics. To achieve a breezy seaside effect, I added pearly shell trim and a delicately beaded zipper pull featuring a sparkly blue seahorse.
Another bag featuring cool colors is the Dripping Springs laminated cotton bag which is adorned with clear beading that absorbs the color of the fabric underneath. Obviously, I wish to get my hands on some more of this beading, as it will enhance any color I’m using! This is the Pasadena pattern designed by Stephanie Prescott of A Quilter’s Dream.
Island Time was created from the Alexander Henry fabric called “Mahalo Girls.” Whenever I sew a bag from this fabric, it seems to be very popular. Must be the retro vibe. 🙂 Using my own pattern, the Jenny Bag, I fashioned a large version with leather handles and a flower from Michael Levine. Red tassel trim adds the finishing touch.
Same fabric, and a completely different look for Island Girls. This uniquely shaped bag pattern is from Amy Barickman. This time I complemented with faux red crocodile, a bamboo handle, and a mother of pearl flower for a bit of island magic.
The pattern for Island Girls offers a unique backside opening. I added this cute girl sporting sunglasses for a snazzy zipper pull. 🙂
Another girl adorns the zipper pull on Gigi Tours the Flower Market, and she sports a shopping tote that made me think she would be touring the Paris flower market since she’s surrounded by floral fabric. A large sunny bloom and a red polka dot handle add a playful note.
Speaking of playful, Playful Picasso is adorable in person. The picture doesn’t really tell the story. On both sides of this colorful upholstery fabric, there are deep pockets of yellow and blue faux crocodile, perhaps for sunglasses or a water bottle. The blue, gold, and green ribbon fringe decorates the top which leads to patent leather handles, and the interior is lined with a bright blue polka dot cotton. A super unusual and fun bag!
FanDangle is one of my favorites. The pattern is from the quilting world, by Nancy Green. The beautifully colored cotton is by Moda Fabrics. This pattern was perfect for what is called a Layer Cake–10″ x 10″ swatches of coordinated fabric from the same line. The gusset was cut from oilcloth featuring red cherries on a black background. She sports a trim of black and clear beads, and in the middle is a dangling girl clutching a time piece. The design resembles a fan, and the featured embellishment is a dangling girl, hence I dubbed her FanDangle.
The last two bags are the CraftApple pattern, The Knotted Bag. Hot Tropics is a combination of Philip Jacobs “Tropical” and a hot pink laminated cotton. My embellishment tassel drawer offered a hot pink and green trim that complemented it perfectly. However, since the trim was intended as piping, I needed another trim to cover the raw part of the piping that would normally be inserted between fabrics. So I found a velvety pink rick rack in my stash and stitched it on top. 🙂
Same pattern, different fabric combinations. “Jungle Fever” for Westminster Fibers is a delightful toucan design, that I paired with a glossy black laminate. This is a wonderful sightseeing, shopping, and errand bag, since it offers a large exterior pocket and three generous interior pockets. The lining is a lime green linen and the lime green clam shell charm is removable.
So, yes, I’m exhausted, but finished and happy and ready for Artwalk! Hope to see you there!