Monday, October 25, 2010

Cheese and Trees

So a couple of years ago, my husband was experimenting with some art form or other. He used cheese cloth and different colours of die. The result was exquisate, and I asked to keep that piece of coloured cheese cloth. It sat in my myriad piles of ideas until recently, when I turned it into the face of a messenger bag.



I started out by arranging some thicker, ropier thread in the shape of an unruly tree. Then I placed the cheese cloth over top and ran along the tree outline with the sewing machine.



The blend of colours and the places for your eye to wander is sort of delightful.



The buttons add a dimension of texture that compliments the thread picture, the cheese cloth, and the array of subtlety in colour.



A piece of swirly, mustard and purple, yellow and green fabric from Trinidad goes absolutely perfectly with this piece.

(for you, janice- a little cameo by Floey)

Turned inside out, we've got three pockets. A small one made from the edge of an old table cloth. A large one with party reindeer, fashioned from the bottoms of my daughter Jane's jammy pants. And on the other side, a button up shirt that I bought at the thrift shop that looks way better here than it did draped on the likes of me.


One of Loretta's scarfs brighten up the shoulder strap, and goes really well with the fabric from Trinidad, some corduroy, and a strap of patchwork that needed a home.
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This bag measures roughly 12" x 12.5" with a side measurement of ~4 ".
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The auction will conclude at 10:00 am cst on Sunday, October 31, 2010.

15 comments:

Caroline said...

I was so hoping that this would be one of the bags posted this week. Not sure what the opening bid should be, but I'll start things off at $25.

Karen said...

Oh my. It couldn't possibly be more delightful.

$45.

Karen

Jenni said...

I'll up the ante...
$50.

Heather Plett said...

Oooo... beautiful!

$60

D Dae said...

Yeah, she is BACK! Just in time for me to do some Christmas shopping. :)

$65

Karen said...

Oh, this is exciting. $70.

Melissa said...

I loved this bag the first moment I saw it!

$80

PrairiePeasant said...

Beautiful! If I hadn't made my recent purchase this one would be mine!

Melissa said...

Too rich for my bank account. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE the purple!

Anonymous said...

Oh J.
that flap/story
is ... divine...
cheers to you and to Brian!
BB

joyce said...

yea, Melissa of the Chocolate Book! For $80-, you've got yourself a bag!

Melissa said...

Woooohoooo! I can't believe that it is mine :)

janice said...

Beautiful bag, beautiful Floey. I missed your return.

joyce said...

are you able to pay through paypal, Melissa? send me a note at brijoy@mts.net so that I have your e-mail address. Then I can send you an invoice.

Anonymous said...

Joyce - you're back!!! I will have to diligently check in on your website!
Thanks :)