We had our monthly artists meeting this past Wednesday, and since it's summer, we decided to have a Pot Luck Lunch at Bev's house. And what a house!! The garden was spectacular, with nooks and crannies all over!
These are just a few of the many photos I took! After our wanderings through the garden, we got to work in Bev's massive studio.
We are making denim purses! Or "Journal Duvets" as the magazine we used called them! I brought all my watercolour and drawing stuff with my moleskin to make sure everything fit perfectly. Other than that, they had everything else, including old jeans, and a ton of men's ties. I chose one for my strap.
We used part of a leg, and cut the edge seams off. Then I arranged a bunch of stuff on one piece, sprayed with the Quilt Basting Spray so it wouldn't move around, then covered the whole thing with netting. Then I took it to the sewing machine, and using invisible thread (how cool is that!!) I freestyle sewed over the entire netting.
I found some very neat fabric tags which I cut out and attached to my pocket on the other piece, and added some neat black beads as a frill. Here is just some of the stuff we could choose from!!
I needed inside pockets too, to hold my pens and brushes so I made a tall one and a short one for erasers.
I attached everything together, put the tie on as a strap, added some more lace, and VOILA!!
This is Marg's purse - she wouldn't let me see it! She said I would have to wait until she was finished, which she wasn't. :-( Hopefully I will eventually be able to let you see it!
I don't know what our next project will be yet, but we are taking a break in August, so no new meetings until September. This one was fun, and definately "outside the box"!! BTW -the Pot Luck was delicious! Starting with Mushroom Quesadillas (incredible!), followed by Garlic-Lemon marinated chicken off the grill, and Caesar Salad, Asian noodle Salad, and fresh homemade bread, followed by a scrumptious Custard-Strawberry Pie. M-m-m-m!!!