Saturday, 19 July 2008

Remember these?


I've overcome my fear and have found a home for them which means they are no longer free to hide in dark corners of my workroom. I used the opportunity to experiment with some bag making techniques and this is the result:

A clutch bag made from a brocade furnishing fabric which I free machined with a spider web pattern and lined with purple silk to match my spiders! I even piped the edging which doesn't pass close scrutiny but it's the first time I've piped anything (other than cake icing but that's not the same is it?) so I was feeling rather pleased with myself.

I even had to handle the said beasts to stitch them in place and now they don't seem nearly so scary. So I've conquered my fear of (plastic) spiders... real ones are another matter... and I've got a bag into the bargain!

Time for blogging... Can you tell Open Studios are a bit slow this afternoon and we've been short on visitors. However... Fannie Mae has been sold and poor Freddie is now all on his own.

19 comments:

  1. That bag is fabulous and the piping looks great! Much much much better than I could ever do...

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  2. Hi Gina - maybe the horrendously heavy rain this morning and high winds put people off venturing out into the sticks!

    Most of my visitors all arrived at once!!! So I had the impression that it was busier than last Saturday - in fact it was exactly the same. But some good sales, and I met some bloggers too, and as there was a lull had tea in the garden.

    Think I'll have a G&T while I get some supper.

    I love the spider web bag! Great for a Hallowe'en Party.
    Good luck tomorrow!
    Celia

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  3. oh my! that bag looks great and the piping, something i have never attempted, is brilliant. just love the unusual shape. i love making bags but mine are usually a lot more straightforward!
    x

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  4. What glorious spiders webs for a glorious bag. Hope visitor numbers picked up and that Freddie gets a new home soon. (Also, you may be pleased to hear that I've replaced that awful photo on my blog!)

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  5. Great bag Gina! Hope Freddie finds a new home soon.

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  6. I can't believe you machine stitched those spider webs!!! You amaze me woman!

    I hope your day picked up and that Freddie isn't homeless for long.

    xxxx

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  7. That is a gorgeous bag Gina - and the piping didn't look anything other than 'just right' to me.

    Hope tomorrow sees a busier day for you. x

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  8. I love your bag Gina and if I lived nearer I think Freddie would have a new home too. I don't think he will be homeless very long.

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  9. Clever, clever thinking! What a fabulous bag.

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  10. Only you could come up with something as ingenious as this. :)
    Its brilliant - would love to hear the comments you get when you use it.
    You are going to use it aren't you?

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  11. What a novel idea. As Lynda said - you are going to use it aren't you just to see the reactions you get - then you can post them.
    Cheers

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  12. Again you have worked your magic powers and created something wonderful. The spiders web are brilliant.

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  13. Maybe the weather? The bag is gorgeous. You have a new 'website'

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  14. That spider web embroidery is stunning! I love the slanting flap on the bag too. Very chic. The piping looks perfect to me.

    Hope things pick up between now and 6

    Emma
    x

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  15. Wow! Gina, what an amzing bag! I can't believe you did the webs with free machining. One skilled lady!!
    Hope things have perked up today.

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  16. Poor Freddie, I hope he finds a new home soon!
    That bag is fabulous!

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  17. Gina, I adore!! this clutch bag. The unique web fabric so you could use those spiders is very clever. But I really like the actual pattern -- so unique esp. with that lovely triangular closing flap. An excellent project.

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  18. Oops! I am late to the party but that bag is truly triffic! Well done for facing your spiderbia.

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