Tea meets coffee.
Today's bag is created by an artist in London, England. I'm tempted to call "Lettuce" an old friend- and she is by blogging standards. I first "met" letty through the practice of tripping and travelling through blog land. I liked her photos and her descriptions of her garden.
Then something unbelievable happened. My brother was diagnosed with cancer- a cancer that claimed him rapidly.
At the same time, letty began posting about the decline of her mother. She wrote some poetry that made me weep inwardly and outwardly.
Her mother lived longer than my brother; but the cancer got them both.
Part B: For my fortieth birthday, this virtual stranger sent me the most beautiful box of buttons. Some of them were truly exquisate; all of them were an act of generosity and selflessness. (she'd proposed a button swap prior to this, and my greed prevented me from obliging...)
On another occasion, she sent me several amazing bags to auction on the Darfur project. I couldn't even auction them for the first while because I just had to have them around for the pleasure of their company.
Part C: My sister travels a fair bit. One of her destinations was London, England. We arranged to have letty meet sister, and I gifted her with one of my humble bags. My sister confirmed my suspicions that this woman was lovely, generous, and kind.
Part D: letty sets up her own website to auction items for charity: Made4Aid.
But does her generosity stop there? oh no. She sends another package-- and here it begins.
The description is copy and pasted from the made4aid blog. I didn't want to risk my own description, since I've never done any weaving whatsoever.
This auction is for a shoulder bag, handwoven on a table top loom. Its one of a limited series woven according to a "Monks belt" weave pattern, where the weft distorts and goes wavey, making a nicely-textured weave.
The warp threads (the vertical ones) are soft cotton in pastel candy shades of lilac, green, cream and pink. The weft yarns include chenille, soft cottons and shiny ribbon and threads in a range colours from soft mauve through to pink and red- there was a bit of using up of leftovers and remnants going on here.
The strap was also woven on a table top loom as a long strip, on a strong cotton warp.
The bag is fully lined with vintage fabric - black with small white polka dots - and there is a little internal pocket.
It is finished by hand with a vintage green button with a little plaited loop fastening.
Woven mainly in cotton, this bag is quite soft but it will be durable and its washable by hand.
The dimensions of the bag are approximately 9.5 inches/24cm (wide) by 10 inches/25.5cm ; the strap is 35inches / 89cm long.
Thanks again for sharing your talents and excellent taste, letty.
Auction details: Bids begin at $25- Cdn please. Auction will conclude at 9:30 pm, cst, November 2, 2009. FAQ link can be found in the side bar.