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1731  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Edwardian-styled beaded frame purse on: July 11, 2012 05:26:37 PM
Thank you, Sticker! And know you know what the beading needles were for first  Cheesy
1732  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Vintage swap Sign ups May 2 to May 30 Send outs June 30th on: July 11, 2012 04:20:49 PM
I'm glad you like your things, frosty! Yeah, I couldn't believe my luck either, finding that handkerchief with your initial and in the right color scheme!

If anyone's interested, here's more info on the making and beading of the frame purse: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411300.0
1733  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Edwardian-styled beaded frame purse 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!
1734  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: bento swap??! on: July 10, 2012 08:12:07 PM
I am so interested and I could organize too! If it works for people, I could get sign-ups going this weekend and leave it open for, say, a week and a half? With 4 weeks of crafting time that'd put send-outs in late August...
1735  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Flashdrive on: July 10, 2012 07:54:37 PM
Awesome! Thank you so much for the info. I love this idea. The finished product looks great too!
1736  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Vintage swap Sign ups May 2 to May 30 Send outs June 30th on: July 09, 2012 03:48:46 PM
Sweet stuff! I love the clip, paper dolls, earrings(makes me wish my ears were pierced!)...Your living room color scheme sounds awesome too!
1737  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) rd 2 - s/u to 30th June on: July 09, 2012 09:36:44 AM
Okay, picmonkey looks better than ipiccy to me. I use the free ipiccy version and it has a lot of the same as picnik, but picmonkey looks like it offers a lot more at the moment at least. Thanks a bunch, suereal!
1738  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) rd 2 - s/u to 30th June on: July 09, 2012 09:13:37 AM
Picmonkey is a cool on line free photo editor.  If you wanted to post you can go there and  black out the addresses with photo "stickers"


Ooo, I haven't heard of this one. I used picnik before it closed Sad Now I've been using http://ipiccy.com/ and like it so far. It's been very good for blurring faces, cropping out objects that sneak into the backgrounds of pictures and resizing the pic file so it doesn't take forever to upload here, among other things. Smiley
1739  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) rd 2 - s/u to 30th June on: July 08, 2012 07:01:12 PM
My sister has claimed the basement/sewing room for her study area but I'll at least have access to my machines on Wednesday so I'll get to crafting for sure then!
1740  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reversible Tote Bag on: July 08, 2012 06:58:30 PM
Ooo, I really like the outer fabric!

Good luck with the sewing! You can do it!
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