Give a challenge to a creative lady and stand back! Meet Devora—the one in the September 2012 Retreat photos who made the impossible tailored wool jacket from the large uneven plaid—well she has done it again. Her friend’s mother had passed away leaving a beautiful black knitted and sequined sweater with lemon and lime motifs which she wanted to re-purpose into a usable memory of her mom. At our February retreat Devora imagined a structured shoulder bag by first spray basting the front and back pieces of the sweater onto Timtex to stabilize them.
After drawing a trial pattern on paper, she cut the front and back pieces, allowing the single lime motif on black background to create the focus on a flap over the front piece. She made sure that all the lemons and limes on the front would be “right-side up”. Side seams were sewn and the bottom was boxed. The strap was created from the leftover pieces of sweater which were stabilized just with ribbon to keep the strap soft. A beautiful lime green lining with pocket was then put in place. She used the original beaded neckline edging from the sweater to finish the detail of the rounded front flap on the purse. She left that weekend with the purse 95% complete so I expect to see the finished masterpiece at the July Sew-in when she and friend Stephanie join us again. Do YOU want to be inspired to create “on the fly”? Bring on a challenge and let’s design together. Devora showed us that “when life gives you lemons” and limes—you make a PURSE!
Ricki Bremer's love affair with teaching starting while teaching high school and junior high. Next came 29 years as a craft and quilt shop owner, and the publication of her first book, Simple and Sensational Purses from Placemats, now in its third printing. The second book, Dual Pursenalities followed. Later additions were the Private Eyes Nursing Apron, and her latest--a microwave hot bag pattern, The AAAhhsum Bag--which has been used exclusively at the massage booth at the Road to California Show. Ricki has continued to use her easy methods to bring the joy of sewing and quilting to beginners and others. She also loves to simplify things for those ready for more challenging techniques. The Fiber Arts Retreats, which she started in 2007 formerly through the Tall Mouse, are growing and expanding to new venues, and a new name--Fiber Qwest Retreats. Ricki aims to broaden the interest and opportunities to learn and play in all areas of fiber and the creative arts.