But who needs an excuse, right?
Not twenty minutes ago, the last stitch was sewn on my wool crazy Autumn-themed purse.
I'm really thrilled with the way it turned out!
I am an artist and that was my job for twenty-five years until I retired in 2006.
I have always loved to work and create with my hands and that's when I'm happiest. Having said that, the only subject I failed while in school, including four years of university, was home economics in my junior year of high school. Mercifully, I wasn't forced to take it in my senior year.
So this whole quilting/sewing thing is relatively new to me.
I don't have a problem creating and coming up with new designs because that's a part of who I am. Sewing is not. But I've always loved quilts and virtually anything and everything that is created with love by someone's hands.
When I retired, I was bound and determined to teach myself how to quilt and sew...and this is where I am today.
As an artist, I love detail...the more the better. I find that this same "obsession" has transferred itself to my new canvas of choice...fabric and wool...a perfect marriage!
I struggle sometimes with the logistics of sewing but I persist and try to think through the steps...like with this purse, for instance.
I knew that I wanted to make a wool crazy purse so I drew out the shape I had in my mind on paper and constructed one from newsprint. Once I knew that it would work, I drew the elements that I wanted to appear on the face of the purse. I used some of them and will use the others in another project some day.
It just evolved as I progressed.
I had no idea until this morning as to how I was going to finish the top outside edge. Then it dawned on me that I could bind it in a similar fashion to finishing a quilt. So I applied the "binding" in the exact same way only I used wool instead.
It worked up beautifully and with very little effort.
I can now consider it a FINISH and the best thing is that I L-O-V-E it! It is sooooo me!
Should I write up a pattern for it?
Should I offer it for sale?
What do you think?