Thursday, August 14, 2008

Purple and Red Evening Bag

Artist Statement: This one-of-a-kind purse is hand-stitched and embellished. Though I have a wonderful sewing machine, I chose to enjoy the process of hand piecing, embroidering and otherwise embellishing and assembling. (The two tubular velvet loop handles were sewn by machine and attached by hand.)

Rich purple velvet evening pouch is reminiscent of Victorian style. Four shield-shaped crazy quilt panels each feature a different garden theme in repeated purple fabrics with accents of deep reds, greens and golds. The panels are backed with purple silk and the pouch is lined with a “satiny” purple fabric. Purple cord drawstring has a lovely gold filigree slider. A dark red 5 ½ inch tassel drapes elegantly from the bottom. The pouch itself is about seven inches deep. Following are descriptions of the four garden panels (extensive description on link above).

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