Collage Purse & Bra elastic

What does bra elastic have to do with my collage purse I am working on? Bra elastic actually makes wonderful binding for this purse!! Here’s the proof:

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The last time I visited my good pal, Lori Seavey-Christian- down in So Cal, we went to the Fiber Swap Meet with Capril and found some terrific elastic. This day was documented in Lori’s blog here.

braelastic.jpg Here’s the elastic….

and here it is used on my purse:

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I am so glad to have finally found a good use for this stuff! I had tried crocheting with it, but it didn’t look right.

The purse is almost finished, but it still needs handles and embellishments! The flower is actually a 3D flower- which I like. It still needs some beadwork, too. Right now, to me the bag looks naked without some beading.

Does anyone out there in Blog-ville make and create your own purses or bags?? I would love to show some and showcase them next month on my blog. If you have something you want to share, just drop me a comment and I will contact you.

Regards, Carla

postscript: Here is a finished picture of the purse:

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Fiber Food Round Robin exchange

One night, at the 2006 ArtFiberFest workshop retreat, a group of fiber artists were sitting around late at night, just talking and working. One person suggested we do a fiber food exchange amongst ourselves, we all thought that would be fun, and next thing you know, we are creating our food and having fun!

Basically, each person created a plate or tray and a theme. You send this to the next person, who then added food according to the theme of the piece. The results were fantastic. We were featured in a fiber art Portals “zine” (thanks to Suzanne, who sent me he (zine copy so I could view it), and each plate will be on display in the AFF gallery.

**Please note that the following food items were made out of fiber.

My choice for this project was a retro TV dinner tray. I made the tray and received back the filled tray:

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Here are some other pictures I took while each plate was in my possession:

Elegant appetizers (I made lemongrass caviar)

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Breakfast Plate:

breakfast-plate.jpg The egg was my addition: carla-egg.jpg

Next is the Salad Bar plate:

salad-plate-2.jpg My addition to this plate was: saladplate.jpg lorissalad.jpg

For the Dessert Tray, I made a cross between a ding-dong and a cupcake… chocolate, of course!:

dessert.jpg dessert-tray.jpg

Last, but not least, is the Bento Box:

bentobox.jpg I was inspired, so I added: potstickers.jpg and sushi.jpg

I added the potstickers, sushi, and some rice:

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It will be a treat to see each finished plate on display. I will have to take photos to share. I also want to share about each artist in this project and their respective plate. We are talking about another exchange, but this one will be hard to top.

Take care! Hugs, Carla