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Sunday, April 06, 2008

I *Heart* Red & Aqua (pt 2)

The purse is the result of a fascination with graygoosie's crochet bolero. I was wondering how the hell to crochet something with motifs and no real pattern. Then, I sat down and actually read a book, instead of a computer — I know, wacky stuff. I turned to the section about Irish Crochet and had my answer: first, motifs are basted onto fabric templates; then a crochet chain is basted to the edge of the fabric; finally, random lace is worked from the outside toward the motifs.

So, I tried that with this purse, but the lace was *too* much. I had made a spider's web connected to the flower. The weight was too bulky and loose — I knew I'd be catching things on it all the time. So, I frogged the web and embroidered on some western-style loop decoration.

The real breakthrough for me was making a bag. I know, y'all make bags all the time. But, I haven't wanted to make one since my first attempt, which was a sorry lopsided thing made with a reclaimed polyester patchwork quilt, vinyl backing, and polkadot lining. It was a mixed-media nightmare and I never finished it. (see picture at right)

The other blue and red goodness, from left to right: metal bird ornament made by Regina at Creative Kismet; handmade pincushion and imported gnome-ish ribbon from Kristin at Kleas.


Just found this great series of tutorials for making modern clothing with Irish Crochet. Wish I had found this first, but, then, if you don't even know what it's called, it's hard to google.

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Blogger showyourworkings said...

Oh yes that colour combo really pops :)

Sun Apr 06, 02:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

Love your purse! Great colors. :)

Sun Apr 06, 03:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Stacie said...

I *heart* red and aqua too!

Sun Apr 06, 05:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Regina said...

Your bag is super pretty. I love that color combo too.

Nice to see you are enjoying your little bird :)

Sun Apr 06, 07:07:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dandelion Factory said...

I rather like your patchwork polyester bag. You should finish it! It reminds me of the Gees Bend quilts ( They used recycled fabrics like polyester.

Mon Apr 07, 05:46:00 AM PDT  
Blogger mimulus said...

ding, ding, ding omigod michelle you have given me a new crochet project to go all OCD over. i NEED an irish crochet strapless dress. by the time I finished it though I could give it to one of our playgroup girls for her senior prom dress.....

Mon Apr 07, 06:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Amy Chionis said...

OK, next to pink and orange, I like this combo too. In the 6th grade I had an outfit, involving knickers and a dickie, that was all about red and aqua. But I called it turquoise...

Mon Apr 07, 07:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger cookie said...

well done on the crochet! sounds would mean a lot of pulling out if i tried it.
good colour combo.

Mon Apr 07, 09:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Angelina said...

Of course I love the bag. Aqua and red never get tired.

Tue Apr 08, 09:18:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous ambika said...

Wow, the bag looks fantastic. I love those colors, too, and they're especially bright here. I think the red crochet frame for the body of the bag might be my favorite part.

Tue Apr 08, 10:11:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Penny said...

your purse is great!!!! I love the edging at the opening!

Tue Apr 08, 06:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Violette Crumble said...

My room is all aqua & red. That bag is just amazing. I'll have to try something with a crochet motif one day.

Tue Apr 08, 07:30:00 PM PDT  

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