Added Jan 28, 2008
Matthews, North ...
This is a purse I made using cotton batik fabrics. I cut and pieced them together in a random pattern and then sewed the quilting on the back (together with a solid olive green cotton on the inside). I added the zipper and the handles – the rectangular hoops added in the handles are carnelian that I purchased at a gem show at the Charlotte Metrolina Fair Grounds. Then I hand-sewed the beads on both sides of the purse. Very time consuming but it is definitely one of a kind. Sorry I don’t have a pattern. I kind of just pieced and sewed it all together. I did make myself a posterboard pattern of sorts. I will post a picture of that. The first poster picture is the stitching grid to quilt it all together. The second poster picture (it got cut off, sorry) was a guide of sorts for the placing of the pieces of batik. It doesn’t have to follow it perfectly. Also, it’s better to go all the way to the corners of the poster, instead of trying to cut it to the pattern. Just wait til you’ve got it all together and then cut out the corners.
I love, love, love the batiks. They come in so many colors and combinations. It seems that no two are the same. If you are anywhere near the Charlotte, NC area, Mary Jo’s Fabrics in Gastonia, NC is a great place to get batiks at a reasonable price. Also, I look for any gemstones with drilled holes or old buttons to use as button closures for the front of the purse. Not on this purse in particular but on some of the other purses.
cotton batik fabric, gemstones (mostly carnelian)
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