The Art Piece
As I started this design, I had in mind that it eventually would become a purse. I was given a gorgeous piece of burgundy velvet [my friend Alex bought it at an estate sale for 50cents], I had some tiny cones of silk yarn, some iridescent seed beads and an idea. I had never done any couching before, but this silk begged to be put with this velvet. The FFF challenge was " chiaroscuro".
I first put a piece of velvet and stabilized in a hoop. I could not get that under the foot of my machine. Then I stay stitched the velvet to the stabilizer. That seem to keep the velvet in place. Velvet seems to have a life of its own as it slides and frays all over the place. As I began to couch the silk yarn to the velvet I loved the look. It is lush! I had absolutely no idea I was stitching the shape of an onion cut pole-to-pole; I just liked the shape. It wasn't until I took a break for a dinner of my Oven Roasted Onion Soup, http://designerann.blogspot.com/2009/05/oven-roasted-onionsoup.html , that I realized after peeling and cutting over 4 pounds of onions, that shape was definitely in my mind.
After dinner I added the seed beads to bring out the dimensions of the velvet-polyester batting-satin layers. The beads are dark, but just the right touch to fulfill the challenge. Today I finished making this work of art into an Arty Purse. I plan to use it New Years Eve at a wedding rehearsal dinner.
The Arty Purse Hanging on My Design Board
The Arty Purse Sitting on a Table