The fabric was just the right size for a zipper bag, so that's what it became!
I took inspiration from the fabric for the diagonal flow of stitches on the front of the bag. The marks in the paint also inspired "ricing" and French knots.
What to do on the back?
Inspired by a friend's gorgeous handwork, I decided to try spirals.
Hmm. Too much tension in the first couple of spirals caused fabric to gather in their centers.
Not a deal breaker. Just learn and move on.
I soon found the tension that would create fabulous texture without bunching up the centers.
I wanted the back to relate to the front, so carried a sprinkling of stitches over the top.
And that's how this happy, little bag came to be!
Remember the snowman quilt I made as soon as we came home from Peru?
(click the links to see relevant posts if you're curious!)
It was my donation to the Festival of Trees, and guess what? A pretty ribbon!
I'm happy to support our local Women's Shelter, ribbon or no ribbon, but I confess - I'm tickled that my work was chosen again this year. :-)
Clients will be happy to know that I've added five more pantographs to my collection.
(click HERE to see all 60+ choices)
I've chewed my way through a sizeable list this month and am relieved that life can settle into a more sustainable pace.
In fact, I'm taking today off to rest and fight a head cold that's trying to settle in. Tomorrow is another day!
Linking up with:
Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy's Quilts
Try, Learn, & Grow!