Just wanted to share a picture of my latest fabric delivery. These will soon be tote bags sporting leather handles. This kind of fabric is like a magnet for me. It has history, texture & soul. Fabric that could tell a story gets me every time.
I spent a great portion of the past 2 weeks making tote bags made out of antique linen & using leather horse bridles as straps. Each bag was a unique piece that combined different shell fabrics, linings, some had leather bottoms, some not. The straps were the best part as they gave each bag it’s own identity. I started falling in love with the way they all just hung on my office wall together as an instillation. It wasn’t easy for me to sell them as I saw something in each one that I would want to keep & use. In the end, I picked one & packed up the rest. Just before I went to the market I impulsively pulled out 1 more…… I couldn’t help it. I wish I had taken a picture of them all hanging at the Fair as it was a very temporary vision. To my delight & great surprise, they all sold within the first 2 hours of the first night.
I used up all my fabric & all my bridles….. Back to the hunt to find some more ! This is the problem that I tend to run into when I find antique fabrics & hard to find trims. These bags are truly one of a kind.
I started sewing the silk screen scraps into functional items & so far, this is what I’ve come up with. I’m thinking of putting together just 4 “Ultimate Kitchen Gift Bags” for the holiday Firefly show. Each gift bundle would include a shopping tote, cafe apron, linen dish towel, pot holder & perhaps a selection of different salts…. Any other ideas? Each item has a hand screened picture & the bags were made with the natural vegetan leather straps with the contrast signature painted tips, The dish towels have a linen ribbon attached to the top corner with an antique button for hanging on a hook. Being that repetition is not my strong point, each package will be different & unique.