Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Urban Sacs

My first purse book 'Urban Sacs' has arrived. I am delighted with the results. I must say it was the hardest book to write, I spent many days working the instructions so they would be very clear and sketched many drawings to clarify the instructions. It contains 4 sacs which I made in wonderful combination's of fabrics like hand dyed wools, cottons, upholstery fabrics, hand dyed velvets and even leather. I then embellished with ribbons, beads and antique buttons. The 'Journey Tote' is made with wool and upholstery fabrics. I did not applique on this tote but used some ribbons and buttons as embellishment. I love to travel with this bag as it has many pockets and two different size straps. The Meadow backpack uses a fun combination of Japanese fabrics and hand dyed wool and has a floral applique on the flap. The closure is magnetic. The 'Savannah Satchel' is like a messenger bag with lots of pockets for pencils and a journal as well as you personal items. As I am very partial to Africa it was appropriate to applique an elephant on the front. I used fuchsia velvet for his ear and a leather closure. This is a great sac called 'Vintage Duffel'. It was inspired from a bag my son Jason brought in Ecuador. I gave it a leather base and appliqued a floral design all the way around the purse. It is finished with grommets and a tie. It is hard to believe I have already finished all my books for Spring Market in May. It is a good feeling to be ahead as I am leaving for Australia in just two weeks and will only return home in time for market. We are in the process of assembling all the items to kit these four bags. This has been a lot of work as there are many bits and pieces to each one. We plan to have these available on the website at the end of the month. I am teaching both Magnolia and the 'Vintage Duffel' at the Sisters show in July. Hope to see some of you there! Take care and creative stitching Sue


  1. I was privileged to view your trunk show at the Loose Threads Quilters tea this weekend.
    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your talents and ideas for crafting and quilting.
    Kathy Conway

  2. I saw your trunk show in Hudson, WI. LOVE your bags and combination of materials. SO FUN!!! I am very inspired. Hope to make some funky bags combining differnt materials and applique soon! Thanks Sue!