Put 2014 in the title just to get used to writing the new date. Let's hope it's a good year for us all.
I've been surprised lately by how much I'm enjoying making things again. It feels good to have this much creative urge. I used to do a lot of sewing and embroidery in my 20's and 30's, then got busy with other things. In the past three or four months I've become much more interested again, although the crafts have changed somewhat. Now it's crochet and sewing, with possible expansions into spinning and leather-work.
One of my recent efforts is a small purse.
Yesterday I went back to the home fabrics store and found five fabrics that all coordinate, in a different color scheme, plus some linings and a few trims.
I want to make bags with a medieval/fantasy influence to them. But not
over the top, and still useful enough you'd want to use it on an
everyday basis. It's the process of design and making that appeals to me
most, but I can't use 20 purses! So I'm going to dip one toe into
selling and see how it goes. I think I have a ways to go in the quality
of the finish, but the only way to improve is to Do It!
Today I looked through some costume books for pictures of purses and bags. I need to do more research, but it was surprising how few books on historic dress include purses and bags. So I'll keep looking. Paintings are a good source.
I also drew out a few shapes based on medieval decorative motifs, enlarged them and started cutting out on some light fabric, just to see how they make up. There may be some adjustments, but I'll wait til I've made them up to see how they work.