My Feather Purse is Done

Well friends, instead of packing and getting our house ready for vacation, I have been sewing.  (Please tell me someone else can relate).  As I mentioned in my last post, I free-formed a pieced feather using my brown and black Umbrella Prints Trimmings packet.  I sewed these onto a leather scrap using my Janome Memory Craft machine and a leather needle with no problems.  I finished the edges of the metal zipper with some more trimmings and sewed it all up with my Juki Industrial Machine.  I didn’t follow any pattern though there are a gazillion similar clutch/purse patterns available on the internet.  I used some Robert Kaufman yarn dyed linen for the lining and a vintage Turkish Tassel for a zipper pull.  Now, off to do some packing!

Thanks for indulging me.


Umbrella Prints: 2014 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition.


Looking at other people’s entries, I guess, I was supposed to take out the fabrics and display them more?  The instructions said to take off the plastic and take a pic which I did. Obviously I’m too literal. 🙂 





A Feather in Umbrella Prints Trimmings

A couple of months ago I discovered one of my favorite fabric companies, Umbrella Prints was having a competition with their trimmings.  I ordered two trimmings packs and got busy making up a bag of my own design with the blue trimmings.

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge | Entropy Always Wins.


With another pack of beautiful brown and black trimmings in my possession, I couldn’t resist playing some more.  Last night without a well thought out plan, I just started cutting and sewing (my favorite way to create) and came up with a feather.  I picked up some scrap leather from a local upholstery store recently on sale ($4 for two beautiful brown scraps and some white 80s style leather that I am dreaming up plans for).  I am hoping to put the feather and leather together into a clutch or ipad case.  I would love any suggestions!



This is not my first rodeo with pieced feathers.  I made a bag and some pillows with the very popular Anna Maria Horner free feather pattern, (Anna Maria Horner) and some hand printed Malka Dubrawsky fabric (a stitch in dye by stitchindye on Etsy).




I will finish this little project up by the end of the month and still not sure if I will add it to the official Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition. (Umbrella Prints: 2014 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition)  Regardless, I LOVE creating with these fabric tidbits.

My husband and I are taking our kids to Washington DC next week.  If you have any good recommendations for restaurants or off the radar favorite attractions send them my way.