Hi everyone. It's the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'On The Runway' and our host Cec is looking for vintage or shabby chic projects that depict sewing and/or fashion.
To be honest, as a DT member I'm supposed to provide you with inspiration and ideas. I took one look at the incredible projects our Frilly team created and thought "Well they've nailed those paper projects and hangings, what can I do?!!!"
And then I remembered the wonderful Amy Bowerman had sent me an Eileen Hull Heart Bag sample. Hallelujah!!!
The bag was cut from board to make it sturdy and that meant once constructed I could go to town with altering the surface. Firstly a layer of Sticky Back Canvas, then stencilled Translucent Paste, and finally a coat of Distress Paint inside and out.
'Vintage' head firmly on I went with a 'faux damask' look, stamping the birds nest onto single ply tissue with Archival Ink before adding it to the textured surface with matte glue. I used the 'Bird Feather' stamp set but have a feeling the smaller 'Nature Walk' one would work really well for this too.
Now for the trimmings to make this worthy of a glamorous night out. Venise lace, of course, applied carefully around the top of the bag to ensure it curled outwards rather than inwards for easier access to the interior.
DIY stores are great for getting chain link by the metre inexpensively and I remember seeing some evening bags from my late grandmother that had chain straps to them so this felt like the right way to go.
I finished the look with matching metal floral corners on both sides and some dyed seam binding double bows on the strap.
So there you have it. A bag fit for a night out at the Ritz just perfect for holding those touch up tools we girls need. Need some more inspiration? Head over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see what the others have created and then let's see what you can do. There's a guest designer spot and a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique up for grabs!! See you there.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx