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Jackets & Handbags

I've been in a flurry of making handbags here lately.
This was mostly prompted by an upcoming show on the 24th
of this month. I've never been fond of commercial
patterns and must admit that is due to me
not having a clear understanding of them.
So I pretty much make my own patterns for my
handbags. That works out better for me in several ways.

I also got several Lee Jean Jackets and wanted to embellish them.
This is my first one which isn't finished but I want to show
it to you as it progresses. Today I'll be adding beading to
the fabric sections I've put on the jacket. I love beads
and adding them to my fiber projects is always a good thing.

I used the same fabric on the front and back of this jacket.
I will be adding beads to the Geisha's hair and garments.
I'll also be painting on this jacket with Shiva paint sticks.
I love these paint sticks. If you've not played with them
then you really should. After the art is completed you
just let them sit for 24 hours then iron from the back.
Then poof they are permanent.

This little bag is just a smaller version of the silver oriental I did a few days ago with the addition of a flap. The strap is pleather. It's the first time I've use that and it did sew very easy.
Well I have an announcement to make - I've been about to die to get the new Baby Lock machine that just came out called the Sashiko. (Pronounced: SA-SHEE-KOE) I saw it in Quilting Arts and have not been the same since. I'd read about Sashiko quilting and was wanting so bad to learn to do this but my hand work just isn't the best. Here is what wikipedia has to say about this stitch style.

Sashiko (literally "little stabs") is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread.

Many Sashiko patterns were derived from Chinese designs, but just as many were developed by the Japanese themselves. The artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) published the book New Forms for Design in 1824, and these designs have inspired many Sashiko patterns.

So much for your history lesson. I've found this all very interesting. I also read that some of the very first armor was found to be quilted using this stitch. There were long open areas left where sections of bamboo were inserted to give the garment strength and to protect the wearer. Pretty cool huh? Well I could just go on about this forever but I'll stop.

Don't have my machine yet. They are backordered and Baby Lock is only making 9 each day. So I'm on a list and should be getting mine in about 3 months. This also gave me time to break down the payments which is not a bad thing either.


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