Many years ago, I created the pattern for a small zipper bag. It has been most useful over the years. It's proven an excellent way to test techniques, but I often have no need to keep the samples. It uses left over quilted fabric pieces, and can also be used with bits and pieces of older quilted pieces that I have decided to trash. Instead of throwing them out, I cut them up to make the basic bag. For many years I worked craft shows and art shows, and found that these bags had a ready audience, and served as "bread and butter" pieces that often paid enough to cover my booth rental. I've probably made a couple of hundred over the years. More recently I've been selling them in the gift shop of a local art gallery.
Often, while sitting in my booth at shows, I take along some hand work, to use as a conversation piece with potential customers. The very first bag I ever made would go along to hold my tools. Frequently, some customers would ask for a bag exactly like this first one. As the fabric and design for each bag is one of a kind, I was never able to provide. Besides, the very first one was special, and I wanted to keep it special for myself.This first bag started as a "ghost" print made during a printing session with friends, and started with some very pale yellow marks, on a white background. During the recent printing marathon that I described in a recent post another pale yellow print on yellow was created. I decided to see if I could actually re-create that first bag.
I didn't want it to be exactly like the first one, so only stamped two dragon flies on each side rather than the three. I also knew that if I were to bead it, and sell it, I wouldn't have any profit, as I would have had to purchase at least two different types of beads. So, no beads. First I darkened areas of the fabric with Distress ink ( colour--Faded Burlap), Then I spritzed it with Walnut ink. Finally I stamped on the dragon Flies. I think the result was worth the effort. I made three of them, and one is now for sale at the Gift Shop.
I have made many of them over the years, using many, many different techniques. I use them to hold the tools of the many techniques I practice. Below you can see the original along with one made with Shibori Fabric, one of needle felted commercial felt, and one a hand dye.