Handbags and Gladrags

Category: Wendy's Wanderings 02 August 2012

It was time to experiment with my snaps and textile projects. I now have time to try creating ideas that have been hovering in my head for some time now…..we had hours to enjoy on the ferry crossing to St Malo, France in June so I printed onto 2 textiles. One onto linen taken from an old shirt (pansy pic) and the other on fine organza (lichen pic) and sandwiched these with quilting and backing. 

Lichen, Scotland

Pansy, Italy

I had aimed to do 2 prints of the pansy on the above textiles offsetting one from another to create a subtle 3d watercolour effect. But quite by accident whilst the lichen print was sat on top of the pansy I discovered a watercolour/inks affect of the separate prints together producing their own synergy. So on the good ship MV Bretagne after lamb and prawns big enough to fence with I got stitching with my various weight/colour threads which I had grabbed from home over 20 minutes before we left. I then got to work with sewing shape and texture with colour. Photography has the affect for many of deep relaxation whilst studying the subject matter, I too became totally lost in my world of colour, shape and textural affects whilst David nodded off over his book before the ships entertainment, you know the one, where the lady in the box is sawn in half….. very messy!

I did one piece on the cruise out and the other over the 2 wk trip and en route back. A good discipline to have is to do the same piece differently looking at the end product isolates the areas I liked and the ones I did not. That way the 3rd one could be the best of both.

As it was a test piece once home, I knocked the 2nd one up into a small bag using the pictures of the pansy to help me accentuate the shape. I am not too displeased with the result, next time I may be brave printing the image onto A4 instead of A5. However where I had x2 sewing machines, mine of many years and my recently acquired mothers, I discovered after giving mine away, that is was by far the better one and both as it happens were very basic and querky. Ebay came to the rescue with a reconditioned computerised ‘Brother’ model…it comes tomorrow I can’t wait.

Bag sewing project


There are so many ways to enjoy our end products. I hope you find a way to enjoy yours and do not let the computer swallow your much loved images…..never allowing the viewer to see them again……enjoy.

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