Chameleon Bag

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I know I said I was going to be less like a chameleon, but I figure that doesn’t apply to clothing …

This felt bag is from Nepal via Fibres of Life fair trade handicrafts of Calgary.  It’s beautifully made and hopefully will last a long time, ESPECIALLY as the silkscreened panel can be changed at will.  I indulged myself and got the two shown here.  The brooch shown with the cranberry panel is felt and a button and was an extra.

Hmm, I’m already thinking that extra panels could be easily constructed out of this and that for further fun and self-expression.  Stay tuned.

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One great thing about this one is that the handle is nice and long.  Usually when I go purse shopping, I can’t find anything I like with a long enough handle.

This past week I worked for 40-1/2 hours, much in connection with the community quilt.  Next week will probably be less productive as there are things on the home front that have to be taken care of.  But hopefully I’ll fit in some creative endeavours too.

Nothing is Wasted

This piece started life as a piece of plain white felt which I used during the Colour Hues session at Satin Moon to test the various colours before using them on fabric. On fabric they do not look at all the same as in the mixing bottle.

I read somewhere that the flower foot is easier to use on heavier fabrics. Having reached a point where I needed to see positive results I have been playing with different threads, including metallics, varying stitch width and length and trying out various stitches that my machine has. The very large circles and curves were done by tracing round plates. Once again I have to wait for the marker to vanish.

What to do with this next? I was contemplating using it for a book cover, but the book would need to be 7 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide MAX. Maybe better to keep going with embroidery and perhaps beading and make a small wall hanging. Interesting, compared to many fibre artists I think I tend to underembellish, perhaps this is a new departure for me?

Am now kicking myself that I didn’t get amethyst and malachite chip beads from Eileen Neill at the Symphony of Quilts. Oh well, maybe she would do mail order.

Meet Mr. Kitty

This is a tiny (about 5 -1/2″ each way)
hand puppet for my grandson, about to turn the big 01!

It’s felted wool dyed in Color Hues. The features are inked on with a trust Pigma pen. Not only is it fast, it also poses no choking hazards.