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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A cushion, a bag and some advice needed...

We needed two more cushions for the chocolate couch in the living room, and as the other two are embroidered and appliqued I thought I'd make the remaining two cushions simpler, focusing on the fabric itself for effect.
I chose this busy and bright print from Anna Maria Horner's Bohemian range for the cushion I made today, adding just a touch of ribbon and some pretty blue snap closures up the side.


Later today I'll make the remaining cushion, but as yet I haven't chosen the fabric. I still have some good sized pieces from the Bohemian range so I'll probably choose one of them.

Years ago I found a pattern for a carpet bag, and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make it. Because we always move to little towns I rarely have much choice in fabrics, notions and handles for bags as craft stores are smaller with limited range (or even non-existent in one place we lived!)
So I've waited quite a while to find just the right handles I'd need to complete the carpet bag - but last week I did!

As I was roaming round Judith's online store, Calico Cottage, I found *the* handles, and today they arrived in the mail.
Now here is where I need your help.
Last May Blossom bought me this beautiful fabric, black background with vibrant red poppies and lush green leaves. I chose the fabric for a bag, and she bought little black plastic handles to match (and a poppy button!), but I have just never gone any further than thinking about how I'd put them all together.
When the wooden handles arrived today I thought perhaps I could use the poppy fabric in the carpet bag pattern. I showed Blossom but she wasn't very enthusiastic - she thinks the brown wooden handles clash with the colours in the fabric....soooo, I wondered what YOU thought?

Should I use a different fabric for the bag and keep the poppy fabric to use with the black handles one day? or do you think the fabric would be fine with the wooden handles? Help, please.

Don't forget, there are only a few hours left before the giveaway is drawn - have you left a comment to enter yet?

Blessings and laughter to you all,
Jenny

PS: The pattern for the bag is by Carol Lewis and can be found in Country Threads magazine Vol 4 No 11.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny

Connie showed me your blog and I just had to leave a comment, we have a pair of handles that would probably suit the poppy fabric. They are very similar to the wooden ones you have but they are black!

Alicia
Create and See

Purpleflowerpatch said...

Hi Alicia! I will be in tomorrow to CHECK THEM OUT! Woo hoo! Thanks...

Vickie said...

Hey Jenny great job with the matchin cushions there girl..
Hmm no wthem handles are rad butttttt just my opinion for that fabric I'd prefer darker coloured handles-I have been eyeing that bag paattern for awhile it's in my pile of to do magazine projects...
cheers Vickie

Chookyblue...... said...

love the bag pattern.......looking forward to seeing what you make....

The Faerie Queen said...

Hi Jenny, I think darker handles for the bag. Love the poppy fabric. Your cushion looks great. xxx

Nancy said...

Love the poppy fabric, but not with the brown handles. Use the poppy with the black and find something else for the carpet bag. JMHO.....
cute bag pattern....

Teaquilts said...

Love the bag pattern. Will have to see if I can get the pattern. I think purchasing the black handles would work well with the bag too.

Solstitches said...

I think the handles are too light against the dark fabric.
Perhaps they could be stained?

Margaret

MYRA said...

Great pillow, and I like the contrast between the poppy fabric and the light handles... Just my 2-cents worth! 8-)

Fiona said...

Sorry Jen but I'm with Blossom on the light handles not looking right with that fabric - definitely go the black! It will look stunning.
Love,
Fee xx

Flores Hayes said...

my roommate bought a panda bag!
She is just THRILLED with it and can’t put it down.
hkpanda.freetzi.com