The first bag from my ‘Hope in Your Handbag’™ collection has over 38 different actions taken in it’s creation. From the preparation and execution of the letters that make up the appliqued and hand embellished Affirmation, to cutting, stitching and piecing the cloth, to building up the bag structure and internal layers, to glueing it all into the kiss lock frame. It is a create as you go method, working within a pattern shape and trying out the varying elements, adding some detail, removing others, much like composing a painting or a quilt, until the whole works well together.
Glueing in the bag shell is the final irrevocable step, great care is needed
Not least because fear of the glue spoiling all the work.
The bag shell is tacked into place a couple of times at this stage, to check the fit and make adjustments. It is quite a learning curve and thanks to Lisa it has been possible.