I'm pleased to tell you that I have finished my Peacock Purse and I've added it to my Etsy shop:
I've now got a bee in my bonnet to do a pink peacock purse! I don't think I have any pink eyelash yarn so I'll have to see if I can find some when I'm out and about. I've noticed that all the wonderful fancy yarns that were available just a few years back are getting more and more difficult to find. I remember that Michael's had tons of fancy yarn and now with the exception of just a few skeins, most of what they carry is worsted weight. What fun is that? I don't crochet sweaters or scarves. I can't even read a pattern. Well, I can read a pattern, but the abbreviations totally mess with my ADD mind so I just make it up. I do the same with tatting. I can follow the pattern but the abbreviations make me crazy so I make that up too.
Anyway, I crocheted the trim at the bottom of the purse. The sequins are crocheted on as I went along. Then I hand-sewed the trim on once I had the purse sewn together.
So now that my peacock is complete, I started another purse project. One of my favorite subjects is Marie Antoinette. I love the fluffly-ness and the flowers and the pastel colors associated with Marie. I also see her as someone who was so misunderstood and pretty much screwed the minute she was born. If you don't know too much about Marie Antoinette, Wikipedia has an excellent biography on her.
Here's the block before stitching:
And here's the block before beading:
This will be incredibly glittery. I plan to use a ton of sequins on it.
I decided to experiment with some curved seams. Boy, did I fight with myself on using a glue stick on a crazy quilt. But I kept reminding myself that if it's good enough for Judith Montano's quilts, it's good enough for mine! I only used 1 curved piece on this block. Future blocks will have more. I like the look! While the sides of that piece are sewn into the block, the curve is simply held in place with a glue stick. To cover the edge, I just hand sewed some trim over it.
The image of Marie, which I printed on commercial ink jet fabric, is trimmed as well and then tacked in place with hand sewing. Again, trim covers the edges.
I'll leave you for today with a couple of new pretties from mom & Kathi. First, is mom's latest cottage style pillow:
And Kathi's latest, a gorgeous set with earrings, bracelet & matching necklace. Real amethyst beads are the focal point:
Both can be found here at Etsy.