Did you guess what it was? It is a bag, of course. A very special bag, that I only plan to use on special occasions, like when I'm not out with my children and don't need to carry a bazillion things with me.
The green fabric is jersey and the white is a very lightweight twill. I liked sewing the jersey to a woven. That was necessary with this being a bag. It would be terrible to have broken threads due stress from stretching. The twill gives it strength and body. When I started the project I hadn't planned to line it, but after I started sewing and realized that all those threads would be on the inside my purse, I knew it must be lined. I machine assembled the lining from kona cotton, then hand sewed it in place.
I used my favorite technique on this - reverse applique, though only on the large flower petals. The blue paint is regular acrylic craft paint. I'm not too fond of how this paint changes the hand of the fabric, making it stiff, but for a bag it wasn't so important. All the outline stitching is the back-stitch (also my favorite).
The bag pattern and stencil design are my own. PDF's of both will be available in the next few days, or as soon as my new scanner arrives (it's time to update our home technology, ugh). I would have liked to have them available to you now, but I didn't want to wait another week to show you what I've been working on.
Once that was finished (well, actually before I finished) I started my second project, a pillow cover. I had the bright idea to cut a design like a snowflake - you know, like the ones we all learned to make in elementary school by folding paper. I wanted to try out the smooch spritz, which was a good idea in theory. Ugh, what a mess! I was ready to trash this product after my first use. This is not a good technique for a regular paper stencil. After a little more thinking, and deciding that my "snowflake" needed more, I decided to use some freezer paper to add to my design. I LOVE how this worked out! I wish I had thought to cut out my "snowflake" from freezer paper in the first place. Because the stencil was adhered to the fabric, I was able to get more even coverage and crisp lines. I don't know if this ink washes out or not, so it may not be good for clothing, but for something that is for decoration only, it works great.
I have to be honest with you, as soon as I made that first spritz, I didn't like the color. I tried to carry on, but I'm not feeling this color combo (seems way too early 90's to me), so for right now I'm putting it aside...
But I'm sure you know that I quickly went on to something else. I used freezer paper to come up with a new design, more curvy this time. Love. I'm a color lover, so color it is. I don't totally love this combo, but I like it a whole lot more than my first try. I feel like I'll enjoy working on this one, instead of gagging every time I look at it (okay, gagging is a little strong).
What can I say, I'm working with what I have - I don't have the most gorgeous knits and buttonhole thread is very limiting! This time around I watered my craft paint down by 50%. The stitching will commence tonight - there's nothing like a new sewing project to unwind from the day :)
How are things going with y'all? I'm off to the flickr pool now to see what's new...