A while ago, I posted about meeting a woman at an ice cream shop. She had the most beautiful felted bag, and so of course, I had to chat with her!
We have become friends via emails, and today, we met for coffee, and I was gifted with the other most beautiful felted bag!
I wish you could see this in person– it’s purples and greens, with smudges of peach, and lime, and some gold flecks. It looks as if you are looking at a lavender field on a misty morning. It is so very soft, and I love it! Thank you again, Linda!
I didn’t attend our get-together empty handed. Here is what I made for her:
The front panel is a variation on my embellished silk fusion…however this panel comes from humble stock. Can you guess what it is?
Well…. I do have a large warehouse of fabric (some people call it a stash. Mine got bigger than that.) And all that fabric needs to be washed before I use it in my quilting. So, you know how when you take yardage out of the washer, and there’s some awful stringy things hanging off the raw edge? (Aside: yes, yes, I know, you’re supposed to clip the corners to prevent this. I’ve tried it– it doesn’t work for me, and now I actually WANT those stringys!) Anyhoodle, I started saving those stringy thingy’s- because I was nervous about having a clear space in the remote corner of a drawer, and I needed a baggy of stringy thingy’s to fill it up.
After a few years of marinating in that dark corner, the bag was retrieved, and lo and behold! It’s really nifty to work with!
I placed it between some dissolvable film, add chunks of fabric and yarns and ribbons and what-all, and sew away. Ta da!
The rest of the bag is made from a pin-tucked moleskin, with a cotton print interior. I chose this particular print because Linda and I met at an ice cream place called “Dippin’ Dots” and this print reminds me of the crazy ice cream pellets on order at DD.
I will carry this bag always mindful of the value of friendship. If you see a fellow artist out in the world, do take a moment to smile and introduce yourself– you never know when a friend is just waiting to be discovered!