Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My First Crazy Quilted Purse Post 3

Front Pocket Embellished (the center blank area will have Velcro later)

Front Pocket Before

Last week, I finished the pocket panel for the purse I am making.  The plain area in the blue floral fabric will have Velcro sewn in.

I tacked down a dark blue rick rack with variegated blue floss.  Then, I added the spider web.  I love the way the facets in the dark blue beads used to make the spider sparkle in the light.  The web is made with a single strand of a DMC white metallic floss, so it sparkles too.

After I made him, I was disappointed to realize he would be hidden by the flap of the purse.  However, I decided the idea of a lurking spider might be more fun.

Next, the seams were embellished.  Below, flowers made of green straight stitched stems, lazy daisy leaves and yellow lazy daisy petals alternate with flowers made with green straight stitched stems and yellow seed beads.

The variegated floss I used to make the lazy daisy seam below and the flower vine had such long sections of each color, I found myself disappointed the end result was not as colorful as I had hoped.  I was not disappointed the section below would mostly be covered by the flap of the purse.

The floral printed fabric was embellished with two different blue variegated Edmar Flosses, using French knots and lazy daisies to cover the flower prints.

Once again, I used my Embroidery for all Seasons book by Diana Lampe and Jane Fisk.  This time, I made the Easter Daisies.  Unfortunately, I also learned that the light blue flannel-backed satin I used on almost every piece of the purse did not hold the stitches well (as seen below.)  I also added a pink butterfly.

Now, I am working on the back of the purse. 

Back of purse, before embellishing
I began with the seam treatments.  And I am currently working on a tree for the center of the block that was inspired by a tree pattern in Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs by Aimee Ray.
Progress on back of purse
On the back of the panel, I penciled in the trunk of the tree and a circle for the top.  Using a variegated brown floss and chain stitches, I created the trunk and branches.  Now I am adding flowers, beads, and circular shapes in greens and pinks to fill in the circle.  It is not quite complete.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Jill said...

Beautiful embellishing! I love the spider :)

Renee said...

Thank you! I tried to use this spider on the last Round Robin block I worked on, and I was SO disappointed he did not show up on the green fabric. The orange one I made worked fine, but I have been anxious to put this little guy somewhere. :) Thanks again. I hope you have a great day!

Anonymous said...

The spider is awesome! Love the embroidery that you do.

Renee said...

Thank you! I must admit, most of my ideas are inspired by books and what I have seen on other blocks. I adore the motifs you've made up on your own!