a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"I had it in my mind..." was something my grandmother used to say when she wanted to learn something new. Yesterday was like that for me: I had it in my mind to make a new bag with pleats as I thought it might be a way of avoiding gussets.
With scraps of paper and a broken pencil (because there's never a decent pencil around when you need oneI made a pattern and began sewing with some fabric scraps.By the time I finished with the white I realized that I should use it for a lining and find a better scrap for the exterior.
  This piece has been in my stash for years and I've never been able to bring myself to cut it.It certainly would make an interesting bag but when I read the printing on the side I had to fold it up and find something else.
For a prototype you don't want to use anything too precious. I never liked this scrap: way too fussy in its silkiness and the colour just doesn't appeal to me. "I had it in my mind" to attach the straps at the front seams as well as to do a zipper closure. Well, "the best laid plans..." Yesterday was a series of interruptions and I didn't quite finish but you get the idea, I'm sure.


  1. Just beautiful, Barbara, even if it's not you. The talent just pours out of you.
    It would have been even more wonderful in that graphic fabric, but I would have shared your trepidation in using it first.

  2. It's good to see you are so productive. I was kicking myself for not bringing my wife's camera but this usually happens as I don't ever think to take pictures. The fox skull I left on the ground as it was still in a decomposing state but it had all its teeth and though I would have cleaned it up I just thought to leave it. I really had my mind on arrowheads but have never found one. I bet you would have liked the exploration,, all you could hear was running water and the swaying trees in the wind.