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Thursday, 4 April 2013

It Started With a Square

Anthea very kindly commented on the canvas work that I am using as my background at the moment. (And I am still trying to find out how to remove that tile effect!)

So I thought I would show you what it went on to be!

Several years ago Christine at Reticule issued 'The Reticule Challenge', a competition in aid of Cancer care. The theme of the competition was 'It Started With a Square' and entries were invited in any shape, size or technique. In exchange for my entry fee I received a Texere Variety Bag which I was to use in my project.

Adding a few threads of my own I first produced the canvas work square.

Then using similar colours from a pack of sari silk ribbon I machined the ribbons onto a backing fabric through the middle of each strip. This gave me a chennille type fabric which I machined down in opposite directions and then covered with a fine net fabric. I then machined over the surface of the fabric using various embroidery stitches and also couching down the remaining threads from my variety pack.

I then cut a square in the fabric and set in my canvas work before lining and turning into a foldover clutch bag.

The pocket at the back goes the full length of the bag which keeps anything inside secure when the bag is folded over. A simple way to make a clutch bag.

Thank you for stopping by.



  1. Oh wow Lin, the clutch purse is just amazing! Thanks for showing me the whole piece. This is truly unique work, I love it!
    And don't worry about the 'tile effect' I think the background looks wonderful. x

  2. what a beautiful clutch purse! the effect you have achieved is amazing and I love the little stitched squares. really beautiful.

  3. Hi Lin, What a fab idea, very clever indeed. :0

  4. I LOVE the canvas work and I LOVE what it turned out to be!

  5. Wow! It's very nice! Thanks to share with us! Have a nice day!

  6. Thanks for walking us through how you made this really neat, unique bag. What a great idea!


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