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« on: July 11, 2012 04:14:00 PM »

This is my first "big" beading project, although I know it's not nearly as big as most! I debated putting this in with purses, bags and wallets but thought it might fit better here.


It's a frame purse, styled after Edwardian-era reticules and bags for my partner in the vintage swap. I studied old Sears and Roebuck reprint catalogs from 1900 (okay, so this year is technically Victorian), 1902 and 1908 along with several internet resources for the info I needed to make it. I ended up using mostly the 1908 catalog and the latter half of the 1900 decade for inspiration. It's about 5"x7", if I remember right, so "shopping bag" sized according to the Sears catalogs.


The back is beaded as well. Beaded bags were popular in this time period. A lot of them were made out of nothing but beads and thread but I'm not that daring. Not yet, anyway Wink I free-handed the design on the front after looking at tons of art nouveau motifs to get a better idea of the "feel" and added the scattered beads to fill in. I wish I'd found a way to transfer a design to the faux-suede but I didn't. Does anyone have any tips on that?


This picture shows the color a little better. The beads are sewn onto the fabric which is a mossy green. I mixed 4 different glass seed beads: a tarnished gold, a transparent gold, a creamer less transparent gold and cream.

For anyone interested in the making of it, I used a sew-on clasp frame- also a tarnished gold -and added ribbon for the strap which can be tucked inside. It's lined with a cream lining fabric.

C&C and tips for beading newbies always welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012 04:58:27 PM »

Hey that turned out super cute! Good job!
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012 05:26:37 PM »

Thank you, Sticker! And know you know what the beading needles were for first  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2012 08:19:44 AM »

Oh, I don't know how I missed this one, it's gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2012 10:36:32 AM »

Thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012 07:55:45 AM »

nice beading and sewing ... did you use a pattern?
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2012 07:56:36 AM »

my last post might not have been clear.  did you use a pattern for the actual purse, not the beading?  thanks.
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2012 08:23:03 AM »

No, I made up both myself. I found some tutorials and helpful hints for the general idea of the purse that were great to jump off from so the only hard part was that it took some fiddling to get the shape right. It's easy-peasy to put together once the shape is taken care of, though. I love projects like that Grin  You should try it!
I'm glad you like it.  Smiley
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