Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mondrian Inspired Purse Design

The Modrian Inspired Design
Everything is glued, nothing yet stitched.

For a couple of months now I've been working on the FFF challenge 61, interpreting an artist's style.  I decided to go large.  Although I still want to finish it, I had so much fun making the first bag, I decided to try another one.  The bonus is that it is small enough to actually finish in a few days.  The first problem I encountered was the grosgrain moving all over the place even though it was glued.  I decided that was because the wool still has a lot of stretch and my even feed foot was not really feeding so evenly.

I used recycled wool jackets, skirts, and odd bits of wool that I felted in my washing machine and dryer.  It is really soft to the touch.  Felting seems to take out all the rough stuff.  I added grosgrain ribbon to cover the seams; wider grosgrain as the final edging. All was stitched down with zig-zag using polyester thread because I both wanted to cover up the grosgrain and add a sheen.  I first tried to use another stitch on my machine, but after many, many birds nest on the back side, I decided the zig-zag would have to do.  The lining is black satin: pocket on one side for my cell phone; pocket on the other for my charge card case.

Purse Full View
I had a lot of problems deciding how to do the strap.  My first, planned idea didn't work at all.  I tried 3 more before I did this one.  Not as elegant a joint as I would have liked, but it works rather well.  The handle attachment added a day and a half to the project.  Luckily, I have an ergonomic seam ripper. 

Purse, Flap Side
Finished, closed the body of the purse is ~ 7" x 9".  Under the flap, this side is gathered on both sides and bottom.  This allows the contents to settle easily and not disturb the ornamental design. 

Purse, Design Side
Not sure which is the real front or real back.  My preference at the moment is to put this side out. 


Antonija said...

That is so cute. Please say you'll be selling the pattern, as I'd buy it in a minute. Love the inspiration!
--Toni in Milwaukee

Michele Lasker said...

Just beautiful!

norma said...

You have another winner! This is so cool. How big is it?

Frieda said...

I love the purse. I am sure you had an adventure making it.

Anonymous said...

love this!

Michigoose said...

Ann, this is just so great! Well done!

Cay Denise said...

Oh, I'd like this to match a coat that has a Mondrian layout...wonderful!