My latest project is "Country Cottage Purse" by Lynette Anderson Designs. I gathered together a selection of scraps that were left over from some of my other "Lynette" projects that I'd made with her fabrics, and added some rather nice linen. Linen can be tricky to work with, and I usually fuse some very light weight interfacing to the back of it, as it makes it much easier to handle. However, as I was going to hand embroider this, I fused a piece of weaveline to the back of the linen after I'd traced the stitchery design. The applique was completed using the applique paper and glue stick method, and stitched the applique shapes to the background fabric with a neutral coloured YLI silk thread. I used some Valdani hand-dyed embroidery thread for the trees, and love the gentle shading of these threads...
...I played around with the pattern, and made it a little bit larger than the original. The back of the purse was quilted with a grey Aurifil 40wt thread in a cross-hatch pattern. The top edges of each side were bound with single fold binding, and the zipper was machined into place. A cute little rocking chair charm was added to the zipper pull. I finished this purse with boxed corners...
...an here is the front of the purse - this is just the right size for keeping some of my sewing notions in! Once I'd tidied my sewing corner, I did a quick photoshoot this afternoon, and there are more pictures of this purse on my FB page Nicola Foreman Quilts.
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