Friday, October 13, 2006

The Bag Lady

I am slowly making my way through the spectrum of my batik scraps. Today's combination draws its inspiration from the paua (abalone) shell from New Zealand:

Paua is also the inspiration for a fabric range put out by New Zealand textile house Nutex.

As I mentioned to Helen foundation piecing in this way is NOT a speedy process. First you have to join all your scraps together. Then you make the strips. Then you audition them on your foundation; sew them; flip them and iron them before starting the process all over again. But I am having such fun with the colour play.

Which is more than I can say about my ongoing Blockbutler dramas. I regret to report that my 3 x 3 foot replacement blockbutler design wall (a kind of sticky, expensive pellon) simply will not stay up on the wall. My main design wall is a 6 x 6 foot blockbutler which has served me very well so the problems I have experienced with its smaller sibling are disappointing and tedious. At this rate, I can forsee that the replacement blockbutler will end up as wadding for some more bags or something similar.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda, You are very inspirational to me.. thank you.
Regarding the Personal Blog Banner.
I have created the one I want.. but am having difficulty inserting it. Do you need to have your blog set to a non template type.
I hope you realise what a monster you have created here.
sheila C

October 14, 2006 1:04 am  
Blogger Erica said...

These are 'my' colours Brenda - love the combination.

October 14, 2006 8:52 am  
Blogger Squeaksqueal said...

Yes, they are definitely my colours too. Love it. Is this for another bag as you have made below? Or a different Christmas present?

October 14, 2006 2:06 pm  
Anonymous Rosy said...

I also have experienced my 3x3 blockbutler "unsticking". I ending up using painters tape placed randomly around the edges. I like being able to put work in progress on it...but...I find that it ravels my fabric seams and then I have to try and pick the threads off....yada,yada! I do love this purse also!

October 15, 2006 2:05 pm  
Blogger Ali Honey said...

Love your bag. You have captured the paua alright. I wonder if you have seen the paua fabric available in NZ - An all over swirling paua design available in about 3 colourways.( blue, aqua and mauve I think )

October 15, 2006 6:59 pm  

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