Monday, June 7, 2010

The South Seas Fiji Purse




I tend to let my finished canvases pile up if I plan to finish them myself.  I don't like finishing very much--stitching is a LOT more fun!--but I can do simple finishing and often do since it is a lot cheaper to Do It Yourself.  An example is the lovely Leigh Designs canvas above:  South Seas Fiji from the Dynasty ornament series.

I finished this piece last summer and started looking for a purse to attach it to as I just love the piece and want to show it off.  I finally came across the perfect purse last fall, too late to carry the purse as it seems to be a summer into early fall purse to me, not a winter one.


Then I needed trim to hide the round edge of the canvas where I stitched it to the fabric of the purse pocket.  I settled on the beads you see strung on River Silks ribbon above.  These are agates, polished and shaped to look somewhat like bamboo segments, with a hole drilled in the center.  They are heavy stones, in other words, so I strung them on silk ribbon instead of thread, using a lovely grape color that matched the purse.  I used the John James double ended needles (size 26).  The eye is in the middle of these needles.  The ribbon went through the eye, then the ribbon and needle slipped fairly easily through the hole in the agates.  Once I had the ribbon stitched to the edge of the canvas, I tied a double bow knot at the bottom and let the ribbon hang at the bottom of the ornament.


Here is the end result--a beautiful summer purse that I will carry with pride and enjoyment for years to come.



Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com Archived Yahoo 360 postings at http://profiles.yahoo.com/chillyhollow

11 comments:

  1. Soooper!!!!!! (I want one!:-)
    Glenis

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  2. Thanks, Glenis. Some of your lovely XS pieces would look wonderful on a fabric purse....

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  3. Just where do you find all these bags?! This one complements the design so nicely.

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  4. What a great idea! You are so creative!

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  5. Totes all around! Great job, Jane. I was interested in the needle with the eye in the middle. Clever. Love the River Silks Ribbons. I used them on my TNNA Needle Deeva #150G Heart.

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  6. Yes, we have purses all over CH these days. LOL

    As for the double pointed needles, I can't say I like them a lot (although my size 26s were perfect for this application). I feel the eye is abrasive and that it rubs the thread a lot more than a regular eye does, plus threads that are dragged along beside the eye in stitching are also abraded.

    On the other hand, it probably works quite well for some types of stitching. I'll rummage in my stash of needles and send you a set for play purposes.

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  7. Sara Leigh, I browse purses at any store that carries them, particularly the sale bags. The red one came from Target and the purple one from Kohl's. They both cost around $14 on sale. The mermaid purse came from the local crafts emporium (Ben Franklin's) and was $12.

    Check out the purses any time you are in a clothing store. Walmart sometimes has good ones, too. I keep my eyes open whenever I am in a store, just in case.

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  8. The perfect beads to set off this piece! Great choices and no glue in the finish! LOL and running from the shoe!

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  9. You are right, Pat, no glue. (It was all in my hair.)

    Jane, grinning in CH

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  10. We love that idea - great for the younger crowd that has a hard time with the prices of needlepoint and we can show them a hip way to finish also!!! Great ideas - thank you from Hingham Square Needlepoint!!

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  11. Thanks, Joan. I hope this helps you tempt folks to try needlepoint. Small pieces make great tote bag appliques. I buy purses at Target on sale for just this reason.

    Wish you'l been there when I lived in Highham!

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