Friday, July 20, 2007

And Now For Something Completely Different...

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!!!


Displaced Heel said...

Hi, Linda, I have become acquainted with you at the Altered Pages group, and I love your blog! I have one, but I just rant on it. This PotLuck sounded wonderful, beautiful, and a group I would love to be a part of. Unfortunately, I know you are not near my part of the country, because nothing that beautiful grows like that here! Thank you for sharing your art with me.

Kerry S.
Misplaced Heel

Cindy Elliott-Park said...

hey Linda,
thanks for sharing. I wanna know where and how you put the banner on your blog?
I enjoyed your outing. and the flowers.
I too am on Altered Pages
cindy in NY

Deb said...

Linda, thanks for sharing the purses, very cute. Thanks also for the pics of Bev's gorgeous garden. I look forward to arting with all of you again soon! Care to get together on a Thursday or Friday afternoon to play? I have some new Ma Vinci aplha stamps I haven't even cut apart yet.

Therese said...


Hey! The denim purse looks great!! Very fun look and very practical as well. Which magazine did the idea come out of?