Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Whiplash Competition - July - A Lemon-colored study of my purse-onality


This is my entry into the Whiplash July competition - the them is "bags" and I am entering under the "Fancy" category.
There's a long story behind my inspiration for this bag. It starts with a one yard remnant of fabric I purchased a couple of years ago at a fabric store that was closing. It is the most luscious silk damask of lemon yellow and white and it has been carefully stored in a plastic bag - lest it become soiled or it's beauty otherwise compromised. I never really found a place or use for the fabric in my home decor but I pulled out the fabric and admired it periodically.
So I started thinking - what am I waiting for? I have this piece of fabric that I have placed all of this "importance" in that I am keeping in a plastic bag and I am not getting to enjoy it's beauty. The bottom line is that I have had this kind of mental block about things I consider precious or fragile and I tend to coddle them to the point that they never are fully used or appreciated. My worry was that I would "Ruin" the fabric by not making it into the perfect thing or that I would never find a fabric I loved as much. Pretty silly but I'm betting a lot of my fellow crafters have a similar weakness.
So I came up with the idea of a bag that I would make from this fabric. To make it have even more punch, I decided to embroider the word "Ruined" in red thread for all the world to see. I know when I carry it I might regret having to explain my thinking to perfect strangers, so I kept one side plain so I can hide this sentiment at will.
For the lining, I chose another fabric I have secretly worshipped (although not to the extent of the yummy yellow fabric). It's a circus print by Alexander Henry that I purchased to use on the Diaper Roll Ups I make for babies. It is a riot of color and fun characters with a retro vibe. I think it speaks to my sense of humour, creativity and childishness! I added an interior pocket for the all important cell phone.

For the pattern, I took inspiration from a metallic bag I got at Target earlier this summer. I love the shape and size of it so I roughly copied it. I simplified the handles on my bag. They were made by encasing a tube of the yellow fabric inside clear plastic material.
I am very happy with how my bag turned out and I can't wait to carry it. I just hope I don't regret "Ruining" the fabric!


Blogger mo said...

I think a lot of us have that same peice of fabric stashed away and for what? Im glad to see you used it and I love the shape of the bag and the lining is perfect!

8:29 PM  
Blogger AmyDe said...

look forward to seeing it on whiplash. Have fun and good luck. BTW - I think it turned out great! Hope your "ruin it" fear has been defeated!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Net said...

I know that feeling of fabric worship so well! Your bag turned out beautifully, I think you did the lemon fabric justice. The "Ruined" embroidery is pure genius, and a great way to stop worrying about the 'perfect' piece of fabric. Lots of luck in WhipLash.

6:19 AM  
Blogger melba said...

I do that too!!! I keep stuff and wait for...???/ I don't know. Since I started blogging I am better at using my stuff because I love challenges and see so many great artist sharing and using all they have.

The lining is perfect and my favorite part. So cute!!

8:44 AM  
Blogger Funky Finds said...

love it!

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Samantha said...

I came here from the whip-up site, and, LOVE the bag. I'm a quilter, and I'm on my own 12 step program to stop hoarding those perfect fabrics and actually use them. The bag is great, and so is the idea!!

2:17 PM  

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