Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Some of the purses that are in Calgary

I have left some of my purses and greeting cards, and even a few wall quilts on consignment in the Galleria in Calgary. Most of the purses I left have been in my Etsy shop on on this blog, but here are a few that had not been previously posted. My work has even posted on the Galleria's website which is a delight. Here's the link if you want to check it out . . it is a wonderful place that carries a wide variety of high quality handmade stock and is now located on 9th Avenue SE in the Inglewood area of Calgary.

The black purse with the daisies stitched on it is a lovely soft linen and the daisies have beaded centres. I was having so much fun stitching the daisies that I re-created them on the aqua daisy purse that I posted yesterday.

The turquoise and brown bag is an Amy Butler fabric. It has lots of machine and hand quilting on it and is a really nice texture.

The third bag is one that I call Queen Anne's lace as that is the image I see in the variegated fabric. This is a MacKenna Ryan print that is subtle and distinctive at the same time. It is lined with a piece of my hand-painted fabric.

As always, these purses are my original design and are created by me in my smoke-free, pet-free, fragrance-free home studio :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New purses for spring

After a busy week in Alberta I am back home and working on some new purses to re-build my inventory. It has been fun selecting some fabrics especially for spring and summer and then doing a bit of different embellishing.

You might recognize the fabric in the first purse . . . I have made several from this batik with the dark blue, tan and plum tones because it is so very versatile and I absolutely love it. Each of the purses I have made from it is a little different but they all can go from everyday wear to dressy casual with ease. I think this might have been the last piece so I'll have to find a new favourite. It has a lot of seed stitches on the back. . . The daisy purse doesn't show up too well in the photos but it has daisies hand-stitched on it with beaded centre . . . click on the photo to zoom in. . . The green purse has a luscious variegated green lining (the same fabric as I used for the base of the key fob) and blanket-stitched and beaded edging . . . there's lots of that on the purses I've created in the past couple of months. . . . the neutral batik print purse needs a new photo for sure as it is a beautiful restful fabric that will go from casual to dressy with ease.

I have made co-ordinating wristlet key fobs for some of the purses . . . I will wait and see if they are popular as an additional purchase or if they more frequently sell by themselves. I've just ordered more key fob hardware in a slightly smaller size so I'll try them out for the next few that I make.