Bags of fun challenge update

Debra Spincic is a quilter who has just signed up for the bags of fun challenge . Debra’s blog is Design Studio . She already has her jeans and some ideas about what she is going to do with them. In her comment she suggested a button which is a good idea which I had thought of but immediately forgot in a busy week. I will get on to it and design one. Then if anyone wants to display a button on their site that links back to the challenge page they can.

Beche-la-mer of Two Cents has painted her jeans in layers of colour from white at the waistband to deep sea green. I can’t wait to see what she does with them.

Over on the Bags of fun flickr group Laura Lea has posted a photo of her bag which has been treated with appliqué and patching galore. There is discussion growing naturally over there on making up the bags, needles to use etc. which gives me a thrill to see.

I have noticed that some people are interpreting this challenge in the style of the 70s which is fun but if anyone is thinking ‘that’s not my thing’ you can still join in. It’s a case of anything goes. It does not have to be in any period style such as limited to a 70’s look nor is it limited to any one technique. The bag that you make from recycled jeans just has to be embellished by November 8th this year.

Bags of fun challenge update

Gosh its been a busy week. I had no idea that so many people would be inspired by the Bags of fun challenge . I thought perhaps 5 or 6 people would be interested and when I proposed it all I needed was a little push but I had no idea that I would get this response. It’s really given me a lift!

Alice and her elementary class will join us and yes it is definitely a case of the more the merrier. We also have Sandra of Croque choux joining in too.

No one has said anything about the deadline so I am keeping the deadline at November 8th. People can join by leaving a comment and there is a full list of participants on the guidelines page.

On another note I have been playing around on flickr and started to search stuff via tags and clusters. I found this collection under the tag artjournal. Browse for heaps of eye candy and visual journal inspiration. Another cluster I have enjoyed is the buttons. I love just clashing images together in my visual diet as I think without diversity we are diminished.

Bags of fun in progress

A really exciting development in the Bags of fun challenge is a comment left by Alice who has an elementary class as she indicated her class might join in. (Alice I did try to email you but your mail bounced back) Time is a bit a of a problem as they can not start until September but I would love it if children joined in too. When I said anyone can join I meant anyone can join. I think too, teachers like Alice should be applauded. Alice if you have the energy to co-ordinate a class of children in this challenge they definitely can join and their work will definitely take a special place in the gallery. I am sure anyone who has encouraged a child to pick up a needle will applaud you. For a while I taught children at our local guild and was always amazed at how they saw the world. I have seen how children come at things from totally original ways and I am totally delighted that Alice has thought of this. All are welcome.

This does raise something however as Pam suggested a second challenge after the holidays. Of course here in OZ our summer break is between December and February is the timing of this bag challenge totally bad for those in the northern hemisphere?

I wanted it to be at least 12 weeks long to allow anyone who hand stitches or who works and juggles a textile practice plenty of time. I also wanted to have it done before the rush of Christmas activities. Currently the completion deadline is November 8th but I am happy to push the deadline date out to November 30th if it means it is better timing. Please give me feedback on this. It’s a long challenge already and keeping people interested will be a challenge in itself – so let me know what you think.

We also have two more bag ladies Laura Lea and Mrs. Pilkington both left comments to say they are interested and want to join so we have two more people on board.

As you can see I have been working on my own bag. I said at the start I wanted to work in Australian colours using hand embroidery to heavily texture the bag. So I am embellishing in a contemporary manner. This is how far I have got this week. It’s nowhere near as heavily embellished as I want it to be. At this stage you are looking at a work in progress shot. I plan to cover the denim in stitching and include wooden beads and buttons along the way.

Around the pocket edge I have used Berwick Stitch in a soft anchor cotton thread. It is ideal because it produces an edge of tight knots which defines the edge but is also a little stronger on areas of wear. Don’t forget there are images and conversation going on at the Bags of fun flickr group too.

The craft and quilt fair was fun yesterday. Annie collected me early and I spent the day out there. The quilts on display as part of the Canberra Quilters annual members’ exhibition. Although I came within inches or really speaking my mind, when one particular loud woman was looking at an art quilt which was one of the state winners in the Images of Australia award. This is a national award and it was an exceptional quilt. She was loudly declaring that “THIS is NOT a quilt – a quilt goes on a bed”. She had a shock when I turned to her and said it was a quilt but I wish I had said a little more. She did looked shocked but I felt annoyed as this quilt was exceptional.

I went to console myself in the vendors hall. I found a few bits of lace, some beads and some charms so I spent a little money but no really big purchases made. There is an increase this year in yarn sellers and lots of scrap booking suppliers. I had a good day generally and arrived home tired but satisfied.