Saturday, October 11, 2008

Another Handbag Creation


I always enjoy creating a new handbag and wanted to share one that I just completed. This pattern appealed to me because it was unique. It is from one of Komiko Sudo's books entitled: Folded Flowers: Fabric Origami With a Twist of Silk Ribbon. In her book it is not crazy quilted but a friend decided to crazy quilt one she made. It was gorgeous and I had to have one as well.


I've taken the pattern and enlarged it somewhat. Instead of carrying it as a wrist purse I wanted a shoulder bag. I've added extra length to the strap to achieve that purpose.



I searched the internet today for someone else who might have made this beautiful purse and found the following site. She has a picture of the original purse pattern and the purse she has completed. She has done a fantastic job.



I've used dupioni silk for the lining and added a pocket on each side. Only the bottom section is machine stitched. The upper portion including the straps are stitched by hand.



My son gave me a copy of Kumiko Sudo's book: Omiyage as a gift several years ago. She is a renowned fiber artist and has written numerous books. Her books offer many wonderful projects perfect for gift-giving. In fact, omiyage is the Japanese word for "gift."

4 comments:

Cathy K said...

Barbara, I love your purse. Your work is exquisite, as usual. I have this book and have mulled over this purse pattern before. Your purse just made up my mind for me - gotta have one. Great idea about lengthening the straps. Hugs, Cathy

Willa said...

This is fabulous work Barbara, a little bit of everything in the way of techniques. Just lovely. You are a true arteeest!

Jo in NZ said...

just gorgeous Barbara. I love your palette. Very similar to the "japanese knot bag" that I made. I have been wanting to make a shoulder one too. Now I have been inspired...

neveryawn said...

Hi Barbara! I love your version of the purse. I never would have thought to lengthen the straps- what a great idea, it came out beautiful.