Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Well, for this current challenge, I have a bag bought previously - 12" by 9" dark blue denim. It's plain on both sides, but with a beaded Chinese character on the 3" wide strap on each side of the bag. I'm starting slowly on this project. Just finished a flower motif from Jan Stawasz's book. I'm planning to tat more of Jan's flower motifs in different colours for 1 face of the bag. Well, pictures in the next post.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
In the meantime, we had a calamity at MIL's house Friday afternoon. Long story, but a wreck in front of the house ripped the power off of the house which caused a fire. No one was hurt and damage is light compared to other horror stories. However the house is not fit for habitation and we have her, (and her two little dogs), in a motel room right now. I'm fighting with two insurance companies. The lady at fault called her company and told them she hit a mailbox! She clipped a power pole in half and kept on going for about 60 more feet! I don't think she did that going the speed limit! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we try to sort through all of this red tape and get the house fixed. Maybe I can tat while we sit in court! HAHA!!!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Thanks Sharon for providing this challenge.
Monday, May 14, 2007
I only have 2 pair to my name right now.. One I inherited from my Mom after she died, and another I found at Value Village.....I've grown out of the others and am keeping them for ......when I get a smaller posterior.
I guess I could raid the boys's piles, hmmmmmmm?
I know how to make the bags, have done that in the past. Shades of the 1970's ....... and High School.
I'll get on it and post again soon.....
Hugs to all,
CyameseTats aka Lynda
I have taken out an old pair of very faded jeans. Have not worn it for a long time because of a broken zipper. Nothing is done to it yet, it is just lying there on my bed. Still working up ideas in my head and have not put anything down.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I like the idea of using my bits and pieces to put on there and look at so I can get an idea of how it will look before I go to the trouble of tatting something.
Friday, May 11, 2007
But I got brave at work, so I asked my boss if he had a spare pair. He did - they're incredibly ratty and threadbare and bleached-out, and came with comments along the lines of "At last we're getting into each others' pants." I put them on a kitchen chair when I got home and couldn't bring myself to do anything with them.
Yesterday I stopped at a thrift shop and got a pair of nearly new, size 10 Calvin Klein jeans for $1. They're a deep blue and they'd work well... except I looked at them again and thought, they might just fit my step-daughter. So I'll wait until she has a chance to look at them before I decide. I might be back to no jeans again... or have to work with John's bleached-out pair.
But I'm very slowly making progress...
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Since I own only three pairs of jeans I decided to go to the thrift store to purchase some. I found that all the adult jeans were too large for my liking so I went to the childrens section. I found this little girl's skirt(shorts underneath) would suit perfectly for what I have in mind. It already has some embellishment and I intend to incooporate it into the overall design.
I bought another piece for my sister so that she too can join in on this challenge. I will post pics of her work too.
Monday, May 7, 2007
In answer to several questions about the bags in no particular order.
Does the bag have to be denim? No. You can use what you like.
- Can I use just the leg of the jeans? Yes. The important part is covering it with tatting.
- I can't sew, can I use a premade bag? Yes
- Sounds like fun, can I join? Yes, just send me your email address here so that you can post your progress on this blog.
The following links will take you to various web sites with instructions on constructing a bag, ideas for making different kinds of bags and some for decorating bags. Notice that one of the links shows bags made out of nothing more than the back pockets. This is great for beginner tatters who don't have a big stash of tatted bits to work with. Purple links for How-To pages, Green links for eye candy.
In a minute ago blog - Bags of fun
FASHION - RECYCLE JEANS HANDBAGS
Croque-choux blog - It's in the bag
Stephanie's Stitching Studio - Tote bags
Bootie Bags! - Bags
Margaritaville store - Denim Jean Bags
Huabags - Bags
Ethnicware Limited Co - Fashionable Bag
CraftBits - Recycled Overalls Bag
Craftzine - Make a recycled jeans backpack
ReThreds - Handbags
DIY Network - Recycled Jeans Pocket
WSU 4H program - Big chunks into Tote bags --PDF file
Lacy Days - Recycled jeans
Craftster Org - Jeans to Backpack
Craftster Org - Lazy Girl Backpack
Celtic's Lacing - Hector tatting event bags
Maybe I'll have something to show before too long!
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Then we're going to take our tatting scraps, our misfit bits, our snowflakes, hearts, butterflies, doilies, edgings and all of that and we are going to creatively and artisticly attach them to the bags to create awsome and wonderful treasures.
The bags will be durable because they will be made out of denim and they will be beautiful because they'll be covered in tatting. They will be useful, because you will make them to suit your purpose. It can be a diaper bag to carry all the baby paraphernalia, a craft tote for all of your portable crafting needs, a book bag to carry your homework in, a shopping bag to carry your groceries in, or a little pouch just big enough for your shuttles and needles.
You can add quilting to it, or embroidery, use fabric paints or dyes or whatever you like. Just be creative and have fun with it, but most of all show us pictures, lots of lovely pictures. Tell us what you're doing, what's giving you problems, and what's fun to play with.
If you want to join send me an email sharon at gagechek dot com and I'll add you onto this blog so you can start posting your pictures and comments.