Friday, August 22, 2014

Gilded Life - Heavy Metal Bag

As promised, here is another project for the Spellbinder's/Gilded Life contest.  I've always loved antique evening bags, and decided to create my own using a vintage purse frame and some rich, metallic fabrics that I've been hoarding for quite some time.

I used some free motion embroidery/quilting to create the base of the bag....and then the fun experiments started!

I had the idea to emboss silk velvet using the texture plates, but instead of  running it through my machine, I used a steam iron to set the fibers.  Then I inked over the raised areas to create a stronger pattern.  I embellished the medallion with a Vintage Swarovski crystal - which was the perfect color and bling.

I die cut several metallic fabrics, which would normally fray, but I backed them with Vellum first, before running it through my Grand Caliber, and it did great!
I'm off to work on my final two projects!


sheila said...

another truly stunning project! I love this idea so much....great job!

Larissa Heskett said...

WoWoWoWoWoW!! This is so BEAUTIFUL!! =) I LOVE ALL of the Details and the FUN Design!! Well Done!! Good Luck in the Contest!! =) Have a Fabulous Weekend!! =)