Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Blatant Advertising.

This is the first actual real useable handbag with embroidery that I made back in about 2000. I spent ages on the embroidery, its the same on both sides

and fastens with what I have learned to call a 'vintage' bead, and although its faded a bit worn, I used it on a number of occasions and I still like it. I went on to make lots more bags, large and small. I realised there was no need to cover the entire back in embroidery,
but there's always a little bit. I must have made and sold a hundred or so.
Its the embroidery part I enjoy, but when you are making a handbag for sale you have to pay attention to good quality construction.
Which is why I am not making any more like this. Too much construction and not enough fun.
The Hard Sell (Please look away if this offends)
I am reducing the price of all my remaining handbags from their original £35 - £40 (£50-£60 in certain galleries with commission) to £20. That $40 for American readers plus cost of postage. It sounds such a lot in dollars doesn't it? I can e-mail you extra pictures if you like andI take paypal.
Right, you can look again now.

Every bag is unique and is lightweight, pure silk with hand dyed silk velvet applique and fastening with either a roll of silk or a large bead, some vintage.

The bags are lined with an appropriate fabric and a little pocket is stitched into the inside big enough for a credit card, or bank notes. They are really 'special occasion ' bags as silk is a luxury fabric, not especially hardwearing, but look at the blue one..although its faded it still looks good.



These lemon ones are slimmer and would hold a few necessities such as a tissues, lipstick, phone, keys when you don't want a huge bag with you.
Lemon drops on the left is paler than the more golden swirly one.
The light has caught the swirls differently , thats what I love about velvet.
I've been awarded the Wild women award by paula. Thank you Paula I am honoured. I've seen lots of awards on lots of blogs and I think everyone has had them all by now so I am going to pass it on to anyone who would like it who has made a comment on my blog.
Thats how wild I am.
Not very.
But here are some nice blogs that I read. Caroline Inckle is in the North of Scotland
and does mysterious magical paintings and embroideries,
Julia is also in Scotland and does beautiful handstitched one offs, and Victoria and I share a love of all things 50s.
Later that night.....she corrected the spelling of blatant then....
Now I have a question. I was reading this and it reminded me of a blog post I read a few months ago. Someone went on a trip to New York and visited a wonderful ice cream parlour, and a shop called Tender Buttons, and I left a comment that when and if I ever had the wherewithall to visit NY City I would get back to them for an itenerary.
Who was it? If it was you please tell me! Its driving me mad.

16 comments:

Kitty said...

Your embroidery is stunning. I think my favourite is that first blue bag you made - such richness of colour.

Congratulations on your Wild Award! x

Beate Knappe said...

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
W. Somerset Maugham

Your Bags are stunning - congrats

saraeden said...

Your bags are gorgeous the colours are so deep and beautiful !!

If you would like to join the belles please just drop me an email with the email address you blog with and i will send you an invite !!

Sara x

banchomarba1 said...

(quiver...) is there a Celtic motif one?

Sid

sesga loves 1950s said...

All the bags are beautiful my fave is the pink one .Hope you sell them all ,They are very reasonably priced .
Congrats on your award .
Love from sesga xx

maggik1 said...

They are beautiful!!! I love that purple one - just wish I had something nice to wear with it - and somewhere to go. Must have a rummage through my wardrobe ... and what makes you think that the cupboards aren't full to bursting? You know that 'falling rocks' road sign? I'm thinking of getting some!

paulahewitt said...

beautiful bags! I think prick and pounce would've been a great name for your blog! imagine the hits you'dve got.

jude said...

these have a great look with the velvet against the silk. and the colors are wild like the woman...

rivergardenstudio said...

These are so lovely! I especially like the yellow one with the spirals. It could be a wall hanging. Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog! Roxanne

jeanette mistress of longears said...

It wasn't me, but I am familiar with Tender buttons. There are 2 stores: In NYC it's at 143 E 62nd St and in Chicago it's at946 Rush St. Somehow, I think I read something about the woman who owns the shop retiring (and possibly closing?) so perhaps you shoud google it first.

jeanette mistress of longears said...

I just googled Tender Buttons and they're still open. Here's a link to a review:
http://nymag.com/listings/stores/tender_buttons/

Gina said...

I love the way you combine silk and velvet Jackie. My favourite bag is your blue one!

Mermaid's Purse said...

The first, blue bag, is definitely my favourite - I would still use it too!

Victoria said...

Thank you Jackie, for mentioning me in your post!

Your bags are so stunning and well made! Worth every penny and more!

As for the N.Y. comment, wasn't me, but I did visit the Tender Buttons shop about 20 years ago. It was narrow, neatly organized, and jammed packed with drawers full of every type of beautiful button imaginable! Really delightful, and easy to spend hours pouring over all the treasures!

Mary said...

Love the first one the most but that pink one sure is pretty too! I love the way the light works with them! Gorgeous!

Robyn said...

Beatte Knappe says it all with that beautiful quote. You express yourself so well.



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