Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Let Us Honour Lettuce


Well folks, I'm putting it out there today. One of the bags that Lettuce sent all the freaking way to Niverville, Manitoba from London, England. (How'd my life get so interesting?!)


The amount of woman hours that she put into this piece is astounding.

And the creativity is another thing entirely. One of the things that pulled Lettuce and I into each others' lives (aside from reading one another's chronicles of losing a family member to cancer...) was our parallel love of buttons. Lettuce sent me an array of splendid buttons for my fortieth birthday. She's much less greedy with her collection than I....


I hope you can tell from these pictures that the weaving is quite intricate, and involves imbedding scraps of fabric and buttons. A treat for the eyeballs. Pretty inspiring.

There is a button closure that is finished off with braiding and buttons. I nearly passed out when I saw this "little" feature.

The inside got an equal amount of detailed attention. The amount of hand-stitching on here is humbling....

(Look at all that lovely wood at Lettuce's. When can I go see her? Never? Oh. That's too bad. Too bad about all those children you had, joyce. And that mortgage. And that speedy mini-van. And that excessive sandbox in your backyard. You should have thought all that through...)



Does this bag make my ass look big? I didn't think so either. see? It's not only intricate and artistic and labour intensive and gorgeous.... but its also very, very flattering.
The bids will begin at $45.00 Canadian as ever, but what I am doing is this: I have a silent reserve bid in my head. If it is not met, then the auction will carry on in some capacity.
In any case, this bag will remain on the blog, and on sale until tomorrow, Thursday, March 12 until noon. (cst) If we've not met the reserve, I just might keep it on for longer.
Okay? okay. good.


17 comments:

lettuce said...

hello! thankyou dear.

my emails to you were v. confused, sorry - this isn't the "Monks Belt" pattern, its woven all of a piece (front and back) in double cloth

i hope people like it...

joyce said...

woops, okay. I removed it from the blog post. thanks.

esther said...

WOW!! that is fantastic, i can't imagine how long it took you to make that bag lettuce!?! beautiful, and worth more than $45, i'm sure. but i'll start there for now.

gophercheeks said...

Holy moley.... nice bag. $50

Trudy said...

bid $55
Beautiful work

sharyl. said...

Ok, i am totally bidding against my momma now .. we are getting serious.. SOOOO beautiful, i do enjoy a good textile!!

i bid $60!

tanya said...

Beautiful Lettuce!

Jennie C. said...

It's SO freaking gorgeous. I wanna learn to weave. I don't know what "woven in double cloth" means. I couldn't put all this work into something and then sell it. Or could I? ;)

gophercheeks said...

$65 bucks please

Betty said...

Absolutely stunning. I'm speechless. It's gorgeous.

shaunak said...

Wow! I love this and konw someone else who would love it, as well...
$75

shaunak said...

it's almost noon there, right?

joyce said...

nope.... ITS EXACTLY NOON HERE!
And you got yourself a bag.
You know the drill! :)
(and thanks... to you and Lettuce)

shaunak said...

I think my Mom-in-law just got herself a gorgeous Mother's Day present!
Thanks to Lettuce (I was just drooling over some of the textiles on her blog) and you.
I'll post the cheque this afternoon - but we are going away for a week, so don't worry about shipping the bag in a hurry.

XO

shaunak said...

I've just been staring at the photos of this lovely bag and have decided that I am keeping it! I'll need to find another for my Mother-in-law.
Is that selfish? Well, I know that is it. But, is that bad?

joyce said...

okay... let's do a quick mental review. You are asking the woman who raises funds through people who love to purchase great bags. Can I give an unbiased opinion?!

Firstly.... Dear Shauna. How many bags have you now purchased and GIVEN AWAY?! Doesn't sound like a selfish person to me. Second. You need a great bag. A great woven bag. By Lettuce. Third. After that, you might need a great bag made by Joyce. Or more gifts for people becuase you are so unselfish. Fourth. Each time you unselfishly come onto this blogspot and buy another bag.... ALl sorts of people benefit!

So, are you selfish?

I THINK NOT!!

shaunak said...

EXCELLENT! I am definitely keeping it then :)