Sunday, December 23, 2007

Ta-Da! Done! This project kept getting carried around and driven around and went all over the US but I never seemed to work on it. I was pushed to finish it up this morning as an additional gift for my 14 year old granddaughter. It's just big enough to hold a few "necessaries" and I can say it's done!

My biggest problem with this was trying to find a way to coordinate bits and pieces of tatting odds and ends. I've tried several layouts and yet, in the end, I just picked up whatever looked okay and went with it. Otherwise, I was going to be tatting new stuff to go with it and I didn't want to do that.

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Sunday, October 21, 2007

I haven't forgotten this one. I've just been very busy with prior committments that will go on for yet another month...and then we have the holidays. So I've been gathering up my tatted bits that seem to be in bags all over the place, and trying to find a way to use them here. I was just playing around with this concept but I hope I have enough bits that will co-ordinate. I don't want to have to tat something to use on it since the point is to use what you already have.

Anyway, I can work on the bits and pieces when I am between other projects or just need a break.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bag 1 of 3

A couple of years ago I designed a basketful of 3D flowers for the newsletter. I had intended on attaching them to a pillow. Two years later they were still laying on the top of a box waiting. I had to move them off of the box top to get into the box and I slid them onto one of my black craft bags. They looked pretty good, so I took the long car ride to the family reunion to sew them down. I was sewing them onto a bag stuffed full of picnic stuff like extra jeans shirts jackets and whatever didn't fit into the picnic hamper, so they didn't get positioned quite where I wanted them and I wasn't about to un-stitch them. Fortunately there were a couple of little butterflies stuck in the bag just the right size to fill in the gaps. So here's the first of my bags.

I figure I'll have to do 3 bags because as I posted on my personal blog, I already have 2 pre-made bags and the whole point of this exercise was to make a bag from jeans. My jeans are black and both bags are black so it looks like a black background is going to be a recurring theme.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Not Quite 1/4 Done

It needs more butterflies and flowers, but the right side of the front of my jeans purse is nearly done. The free-form bit seems to work as a pond -- at least the family thinks it does. That's one of Jane Eborall's flamingos standing in the pond (the Pamela Myers version), and Jane's swan. I decided the swan had to be a duck, though -- the size compare to the flamingo means it's too little to be a swan. The fishes I found somewhere on the web years ago and have been doing them as doodles ever since. If you recognize them as yours, please let me know! [11-10-2007, found the fish -- they are Sharon Albers' "Little Fishies"] Finally I've done a lot of four ring butterflies to set off the profile butterfly by Sherry Pence. Then I modified Sherry's pattern slightly and made a whole butterfly with it. Still -- it needs more little flowers and more little butterflies. I'm going to make more and sew 'em on as soon as my hand is working right (er, left...)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Better late than never . . .

Well, I suppose I win the award for being last to join the party. Unfortunately, just after deciding to do this challenge, my hubby and I spent a month apartment hunting and then moved. I'm finally fairly settled and most of my craft supplies are unpacked and roughly organized.

While I was going through my fabric stash, I came across some denim scraps someone had given me years ago and got my inspiration. I'm calling my project a Mock Crazy Quilt bag. I love the way tatting looks in crazy quilting, but denim just isn't conducive to quilting of any sort, so this is what I came up with:

I've obviously got a LOT more tatting to do to fill up this bag. So far it has some projects that were abandoned for one reason or another: the bridal headpiece start (I broke down and bought a tiara. I was already tatting the edging on my veil, sewing my dress, and crocheting a shawl as a gift for my maid-of-honor. There just wasn't enough time!), some edging ideas that I didn't end up using,

Along with a doily that I could never get to lay quite right. Shouldn't have fidgeted with the pattern, I suppose. And some random medallion and motif bits.

So far I like it. I have to find a way to get my little turtle in since he's sitting in a display case all lonely. I'll also probably do some stem stitch in an open space and sew on some of the little flowers I do with spare thread for scrapbooking and card making. Nothing will be sewn down until I'm sure I'm happy. I don't know if I'll do both sides of the bag or not. Depends on my free time. I'm cross-stitching a wedding present and knitting and crocheting baby sets to fill orders, so there's no telling. I'll be back. I'll try to get the handles on the bag this weekend.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Tatted Denim bag finished (until I find something else to put on it!)

The first picture is of the front and the second is of the back. Everything is fastened down except the petals of the gerbera daisy. I'm working on that. Securing the tatting was a big job, but I had fun selecting and arranging my little garden. Some of you will recognize the three strips of tatting on the bottom left of the back as the first three attempts at designing my own lace for the wedding hanky. I just had to include them. I am tatting a heart from the May Handy Hands newsletter right now that might end up on here. Also, my MIL just brought me two pair of jeans that would make pretty bags. We'll see!

Monday, July 30, 2007

I'm finally working on it, but I'm cheating!

When you don't have, or want, a sewing machine, it's difficult to turn a pair of jeans into a tatted bag! So, I bought this messenger bag on sale at Kohl's this Saturday for half price! It's big, but I figure it will hold most anything I need. The front is a flap that opens to reveal lots of pockets and even slots for credit cards!

The top picture with the pre-embroidered flowers on the lower right is the front. The other is the back and part of the side. I haven't sewn any of the tatting down yet. I just have them pinned until I'm sure what I want to do. I just can't wait to start sewing them down, NOT! I would love to just glue them down, but hate to lose some of them that I've worked so hard and long on.