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« on: December 29, 2007 11:46:35 AM »

Hi folks, noob here ...

I usually post on the Quilting Forum, but I made this tote for my auntie for Christmas and I would love to hear any comments/critiques. This is the first tote/handbag I've ever made, so let me have it!!   Grin

Background info:  I have fallen madly in LUST for Japanese textiles, specifically kimonos and obis. It started Halloween '06 when I wanted to go to work as a geisha and won an auction for a Japanese kimono on eBay. The garment sent to me was a true work of art, and being the quilter that I am, started the gears whirling and I wanted to incorporate vintage kimonos into my quilts. To see a quilt made of vintage kimonos, go here (I won't post pix because it's the wrong forum):
http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc101/Kimby1_album/

Anywho, being the addicted eBay whore that I am, I have now amassed a large collection of silk and cotton kimonos and obis. Lately I've been getting to know my seam ripper intimately, and finally have begun deconstructing my collection. This tote is made from a Fukuro obi, woven and embroidered silk, with a silk lining. 

Generally speaking, obis are about 14 feet long, but only 12 - 14" wide. This tote, once finished, completed at 12" wide, and 15" long. Weird dimensions, I know, but it was what I had to work with:


Here's a shot to give you an idea of scale. I wanted the tote large enough for my aunt to haul mags and books in:


This is the inside. No pockets, because I was able to use the lining already attached to the obi itself. No zipper or closures, either ... zips scare the geewilkers outta me, and snaps and such would've looked ghetto:


I wanted to make straps from leftover fabric, but I didn't want to waste anymore silk than I already had with my FIRST attempt at straps. So I found webbing that seemed a pretty good match.

Please let me know what you folks think. I would like to make some more of these as gifts, and of course my aunt said it was fantastic.  Undecided I need some unbiased opinions.
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007 12:58:26 PM »

Beautiful bag! Instead of zippers or snaps why not put a fancy button on one front side and a loop on the other (inside) to fasten it or even just ribbons if you want to give it a pretty closure.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2007 01:32:29 PM »

Your aunt said it was fantastic because it IS!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2007 01:56:42 PM »

Wow, gorgeous!  I'm also obsessed with kimonos and obis.  All of your work is beautiful.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2007 02:23:39 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2007 05:40:16 PM »

Beautiful, exquisite fabric, and classy colors!
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2007 09:20:55 PM »

I want one, too! And your quilts are incredible.
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2007 07:04:27 PM »

Wow. It is really fantastic. Very pretty.
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2007 07:31:55 PM »

Beautiful bag! Instead of zippers or snaps why not put a fancy button on one front side and a loop on the other (inside) to fasten it or even just ribbons if you want to give it a pretty closure.

That is a great idea ... I would go with something simple and organic, say a large wooden button.

Thank you all for the fabumundo compliments ... when you take a really simple design (I'm the QUEEN of simple!)and pair it with such fantastic fabrics, it's amazing what you finish with.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2008 11:49:15 AM »

So gorgeous, and I loved the quilt esp. the back it reminds me kind of sashiko quilting. As far as zippers go there is absolutely nothing to be scared of, making a big quilt out of valuable fabrics is scary sewing in a zipper easy, just follow one of the fantastic tutes on here and do a few practice ones out of scrap fabrics. I double dog dare ya  Tongue.
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