Bags of fun challenge

There is a bit more news on the Bags of Fun challenge. Firstly Allison Aller has chopped off a pair of jeans and has an image on her works in progress blog. Arlee of Albedo Design is also excited judging by the comment she left yesterday. Beche-la-mer of Two Cents has also started. Annie Whitsed has posted an image of a bag she made a while back. I was envious at the time of this bag as I did not have time to make one.Sorry Becky of Creative passage I forgot you yesterday – now that’s not nice is it. I am sorry Becky now we have 2 Beckys! We also have more participants who don’t necessarily have a blog so a big hello to Jacqui Mulcahy, Froma Sommers, Cindy and Sybil Horton. Roxie is going to set up a blog and Tracey. Its great to see that this is not going to be a bloggers only challenge as I was a little worried about that happening. I want it open to all and for people to feel welcome.

I have set up a Bags of fun flickr group. It’s public so people can post images of their work as they go. I notice that Linda of Chloe’s place has already found it. People don’t have to so this it is just available if you wish. All you need to join flickr (its free) and join the group. In your photo area upload your photos, describe them and tag them. This area will become your spot to use as you like. For instance here is my flickr page . When you have some photos there if you click on the photo in other words go to the page the photo is on, in the top left hand corner there is a little button ‘send to group’ click on it. A list of groups you are a member of will be displayed. Select the group and click. This means your photo will appear on the group page too. The group feature means that people can browse what has been going on easily from one site. Also for people without blogs and the like you can put images online, have people comment and generally join in. I don’t want people to feel left out!

With flickr you can tag photos. Tags are simply key words which people can use to browse through. I will be tagging my photos ‘bagsoffun’. If other people use this tag it means people can browse by the tag as well. Other tags I will be using are tags like needlework, embroidery, bags, and denim. It simply means if anyone is browsing through the needlework tag for instance people will find the project. No doubt there are other things this project can be tagged by, but I will let the group develop their own and tags will evolve naturally as others think of probably better ones. Another advantage to flickr is if people have an RSS aggregator like bloglines you can add the group page to your account. It is a long challenge so I am looking for ways to keep people enthusiastic and enjoying it.

I have not administered a flickr group before so I am learning here. As I said the group is public. Anyone can join the group but as an administrator I can kick out and ban people from the group. This is only likely to be done if we are hit by a Troll. ‘Trolls’ are horrid people who join a group to annoy and offend people. Since they really like attention it’s best to ignore them but they can upset people and poison a community. If any appear I will have no hesitation is clicking a ban button.

I have set up a separate page which lists the participants in the bags of fun challenge and gives the guidelines. I have yet to get everyone in my sidebar but I will do that but probably people will find they can browse the links on the guidelines page with greater ease.

I have also set up a separate category in my blog so people can read or subscribe to just those entries in an RSS reader. I think this project will be heaps of fun. As I said it’s a long challenge but hopefully we can keep the interest levels up if people link, flick, and comment it should stay alive. No UFO’s here! If you want to join in leave a comment – just remember comments are moderated so it will not be immediately published on my site until I approve it. This is just to block spam not conversation. The same applies for any questions you might have just leave a comment. If you have a website let me know so that I can cross link to it. So who apart from those who have already jumped in is up for this challenge?

Oh dear I think I have just been found out – remember I stole Jerry’s old jeans for the bags of fun challenge I have just read his blog … giggles to self I wondered how long it would take.

Now I must go and organize a couple of links for those link addicts who are not in the bags of challenge – see I have not forgotten you!

Bags of Fun

Well I am really excited about the denim bag challenge as people are joining and the group is growing nicely. Actually I am stupidly delighted at the amount of people who are going to join. You have to visualise a plump middle aged woman singing with an Aussie accent around the house as I potter about doing the daily domestic tasks. I am like a kid the night before Christmas full of excitement and anticipation with too much energy simply bubbling out all over the place. A big welcome and friendly wave to the people who have said they want to join in on the fun.

Drum roll … so far people who are joining in are

Linda at Chloe’s place of course was the person who triggered the idea when she posted an image of a bag she is working on.

Beche-la-mer of Two Cents an Aussie who enjoys crazy quilting and is joining in on the fun. Maureen of Tangledthreads another Aussie and Annie Whitsed Annie’s Crazy World have said they are joining in.

Allison Aller has a website and keeps a works in progress blog . Since she makes bags all the time I bet she is likely to trounce the lot of us.

Dawn from On the banks of Bay Creek I originally met Dawn in the early days of one of the big US based discussion lists that centred on crazy quilting. So I am thrilled to see her join in too.

Becky who has just established Crochet and embroidery and Adrian of Adrian’s Embellishments is going to join in.

Arlee of Albedo Design and Mary-Frances of Frequently Wrong, But Never in Doubt are both with us too.

Marianne from Estonia has dropped me an email she has a blog too titled Heegeldab (it’s in Estonian but pictures speak all languages). Another language other than English, participant is Emmy Schoonbeek who is a Dutch crazy quilter check out her Crazy quilting here.

I think Kay Susan’s exclamation means she is going to join in too as at the smockery she has just completed a tote.

Karen Wahl is a painter and costume designer who makes and sells bags . Karens blog is glitteringsky . While you are over there check out her drawing skills Karen has some great portraits up for people to see.

Robin Atkins is a bead artist and author. Do check out her site one of the reasons that this post is late is because I spent far too long in her gallery. I love the beaded hand bound book. The cover is totally beaded an encrusted with fine beadwork yet it goes absolutely nowhere near kitsch which many of heavily beaded items done today do. Have a look at Moss & Wildflowers too. I am dying to see what she does with a pair of cut off old jeans.

Jackie Wight and Marty have both said they want to play. Since they did not leave details of a website or blog I assuming they don’t have one. If either of you do please email me and I will cross link but either way I am totally thrilled that people are joining in that do not have sites. I was hoping that people who do not have sites or blogs would do so as I didn’t want it to be a bloggers only type of thing so I am frantically waving in a friendly manner too!

Before my arm falls off with all this waving I should say I have decided to title the challenge ‘bags of fun’ as that what I think it will be. I have set up a category in this blog and will set up a flickr group so everyone who wants to can post images to it and people can go to the group page and browse the images of all the work in progress if they want to. So stay tuned for that too. The other thing is that I am going to put links in my side bar to all people who are playing under the category of ‘bags of fun’.

As I said yesterday the guidelines are pretty wide and when it is finished I will host a gallery site of images of all the bags. If I have left anyone out please drop me an email or leave a comment. If you do leave a comment remember that they are moderated so you will not see them published on the site until I click the OK button. This is just to block spam I am not trying to censor or control things its just a fact of life online.

Now I have to dash other facts of life like work calls.

The denim bag challenge is on

Yesterday I asked if anyone was interested in joining a challenge to make a bag or container of some sort from recycled jeans embellishing it using any technique available to textile practitioners. Boy did I get some responses! They are in both my mail box and left as comments. I will be listing everyone tomorrow but a big special welcome to Becky who has started Crochet and embroidery in order to be able to show us what she is doing. I am so pleased people want to join in. I really am tickled. So the challenge is on and it will be fun. The original post was prompted because Linda at Chloe’s place was agonising over how much she should embellish a bag she is making from cut off jeans.

I want to leave options open, for a wide interpretation and encourage people to use their imagination and creativity. So it’s a case of anything goes. As I said it does not have to be in any period style ie limited to a 70’s look nor is it limited to any one technique such as crazy quilting, it just has to be embellished and you can use any technique you wish. I plan to heavily embellish mine but if your personality is one of a little more restraint that is just fine. Basically it’s apart from the challenge to remake old jeans into an embellished container it’s a no rules challenge. It is as open as you wish. I proposed a 3 month deadline which means the deadline is November 8th. I suggested this because I often see challenges that are proposed over a month or 6 week period and I know that I will never meet the deadline so I never get to play! I suggested 12 weeks so that people like myself who do hand embroidery and are in the work force or perhaps are in that busy phase of life of rearing young children can join in. Anyone can join in at any stage if they feel so inclined just email me or leave a comment. The only thing is that you will have shorter period to work your bag. In other words there is no deadline to sign up just a deadline to complete.

At the end of the three months people can email me images of their work and descriptions of what they did and I will create a gallery page for all participants and host it on my site. If people complete before then and as soon as I have two or three people with completed projects I will get the gallery up sooner. As soon as images are up of course I would be announcing it here.

I plan to blog the progress of embellishing my bag so that people can see what is going on and I assume other bloggers who join in can blog their progress. This is an assumption on my part not a rule. It is just a fun thing to do, with the added advantage of pushing everyone along. People do not have to have a blog or a website you can just join in and email me a photo of the completed bag front and back and your work will go in the gallery or if you want to send photos along the way we can create a flickr group. I think it will be heaps of fun. As I said if you want to join in email me or leave a comment. The same applies for any questions you might have. If you have a website let me know so that I can cross link to it. So who apart from those who have already jumped in is up for this challenge?

Now that I have all that formal stuff Jerry is not yet aware of it but he lost his jeans. I turned the house upside down trying to find a pair of old jeans that could be chopped up but all of mine are still in a perfectly good wearable state. I did however find this pair of Jerry’s that he uses for gardening etc and even thought they are not the traditional blue but black the scissors are colour blind.

Yesterday afternoon I dragged out the sewing machine and with a cording foot corded on lines of thick thread which are about the thickness of tapestry wool or 5 ply wool yarn and stitched on a few patches. Now its ready for hand work. I plan to work this piece in the burnt colours of Australia and the colours you see as a carpet of mulch on the bush floor. I have lots of wooden beads and buttons which I hope to combine with a knowledge of highly textured stitches to embellish this bag. There will be lots of texture and what I call scrumpy bits worked by hand. Once more I plan to totally cover it.

Now I have to dash and get ready for work I will list everyone who is participating tomorrow and think of a better name for it!