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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Traditional with a twist

I'm not one to buy the latest trend. Before I started making my own purses, each season I would struggle to find a purse I like. A couple of years ago metallics and studs were in style. I searched for weeks before I found a purse I wanted to carry.

So, when I came upon a pattern to make a houndstooth purse, I jumped on it. It's the ultimate in traditional style. 

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This pattern was very easy to work up. While it is a traditional pattern, the purse has a nice modern shape. The author suggests using an old belt to make the buckle, but I couldn't find one so I made a strap out of black wool and felted a buckled on to it. I really like how it came out. Very reminiscent of a belt strap. I finished this purse with a long, black, strap. It can be worn short, as shown, or unstrapped & lengthened. 

When I get some time, I'm going to make this in other colors. Brown & cream is a definite. I'm also thinking about resurrecting some of those preppy color combos from my youth. 

Color suggestions anyone?

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