I have to admit the Autumn colors in my back yard have not been as brilliant this year as in the past. I still take my camera with me everywhere, as I never know when I will see something inspiring. I especially respond to the brilliant yellows and reds of the maples and viburnum, aspens and birch – but the russets and old gold of the oaks have their appeal too.
In fact, if it weren’t for the browns and neutrals, the bright colors would not be so effective. Those neutrals are needed to show off the scarlet, although the russets are pretty beautiful by themselves, as in the picture at the top of the blog.
I was fortunate to receive a call from the owner of the Red Hen Quilting shop who was culling her accumulation of samples and thought of me. She saved me a large stack of silk samples from Thailand, as well as a big stack of trim samples with braids, tassels and fringe. I have just begun to tap this supply and I can see that there are a lot of new possibilities ahead.
(And this is before the big package of vintage silk ties arrives from my mother!) One never knows where the next “motherlode” will come from!
I have also added another shop to the short list of places that one can buy my bags and dolls. I am happy to announce that “sometomato’s stuff” can also be found now at “North of the Falls” on Main Street in Bradford, VT. (Please see the links at the right of my blog for the three shops carrying my work.)
I will post all new bags in the page for Amulet Bags, but here are a few pieces with the Autumn color scheme. All bags are available but one, which I made for my BFF from high school, Nonie Craige, when we attended our 45th high school reunion this last month. As it turns out, the colors of Nonie’s bag coordinate with her wardrobe beautifully and she is really enjoying wearing it around New York City. Hopefully it will be good PR for my work, too!
Here is Nonie’s Bag. Like most of the bags I have made lately, this one has separate pockets for both cell phone and credit card. The images are stamped and embossed ginko leaves, which Nonie and I saw a lot of on our trip to Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, PA.
Using the same basic cotton fabric, but a different silk for the lining, a maple leaf stamp instead of the ginko leaf, and a few other variations, here is another Autumnal card and phone bag.
I’ve also been using some hand-painting to highlight and clarify the leaf images, using colors that are minor in the fabric design, so here you can see that I picked up a tiny bit of an almost cool-rosy russet to make the coppery leaf stand out.
Another fabric I selected is a block-printed cotton with tones of a light green and a warm rose included. This reminds me of seeing the warm leaf colors against a still-green lawn. I will pair this shot with another to demonstrate my vision.
In this bag, I have also used some beads made of Frankincense, along with the glass beads, so there is a faint pleasant exotic aroma to the bag. (Yes, you read it correctly: Frankincense!)
I have more bags in these color schemes cut out and partially sewn and ready for finishing, so stay tuned for more Autumn colors. It isn’t Winter yet!
See the bag page for a few more new bags in blues as well! Don’t forget to check the three venues for my work. Remember, while you will find these bags useful, the holiday season is soon upon us and these little items make great gifts!