Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Another Recycled Collage
The holidays are coming, after all, and more than a few craft shows. So I'm filling up the Etsy shop and trying to make extra inventory for shows, and the upcycling bug has really hit lately.
Mario and I have been reading my favorite series of novels in the evenings, in lieu of watching TV (or at least as much TV). It's his first reading, and my third (?) or possibly fourth, depending on which book in the series we're talking about. The books are the Lymond Chronicles, by Dorothy Dunnett, and they're set all over Renaissance Europe. It's my favorite kind of reading - long, involved, historically accurate and ridiculously swashbuckling. Romance and sex, too, but these are historical, not hysterical (those have their purpose, too; I can't say I've never read a hysterical romance novel in my day).
I think I've had so much of it in my head lately that it's started leaking out through my fingertips in the sewing room, because this group of bags I just finished (most of them sourced from a floral velvet jacket donated by a friend) have something distinctly Renaissance in their makeup.
Inspiration: it comes from a lot of places, and when it shows up, you try to listen to it.
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OMG I adore the Lymond Chronicles! I first read them as Dame Dunnett was writing them in the 1960s and had to wait for her to finish Checkmate. And I can definitely see that they are inspiring the gorgeous bags in your post.
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