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Friday, April 26, 2013

{ ...diversions... }

sometimes I just like to make things...
no plans, just make something.
while I was in Joann's the other day, I saw one of my favorite magazines,
'Mollie Makes'
so i had to buy it.
it just so happened to include a free kit
(as most every issue includes a free kit of some sort)
this one was for a little oil coth purse.
how cute...

sweet, but I didn't want to use the oil cloth included....
(i'm crazy like that)

pretty, but I wanted something 'different'....
I opened the little kit package and took out the supplies:
purse clasp
oil cloth
paper twine

I was thinking of something more like this...
using some of my beautiful, nubby, washed silk matka in a beautiful shade of mushroom....
so I sewed it up...

then I turned to my trusty threads...
...these are my Gutermann threads in my favorite colors ~

turned the little purse rights sides out ~
(a little wonky-looking, but hey....)

grabbed my scissors,
cut out some organic shapes from tiny scraps of wool
...and began freestylin' :)

I like to change out the colors of my threads to clash/compliment my wools
and I use a variety of simple stitches...
colonial knot
stem stitch
whip stitch
straight stitch

after a bit of staining, then attaching the purse clasp to the top,
...it is finished.

I'm happy with it...
plop in a few coins and save for a rainy day.
~ have a beautiful weekend my Friends!
Lori from
Notforgotten Farm


Robin said...

I LOVE IT!!! That is just to data cute. Have a blessed day my friend.

Martha Doe said...


Such a cute idea..You've got me thinking to take one of those baby sock coin purses apart from the dollar store...might just work!

Yours' turned out beautiful!


From Sherry's Heart said...

REALLY COOL!!! I've never seen that magazine,but then you know what a sheltered life I'm livin' now LOL. BUT Marcia is taken me & Meshe out today to a quilt store to get some backing for rug hooking,to Michaels to get some yarn to crochet myself a pair of shoes,so I'll look at Michaels to see if they sell it. And we HAVE to go to Pet Smart to see what I can get my baby.
I've had those same purse clasps for years & years since Kindred Spirits had a design made with it in one of their patten books.
The Queen

Diane said...

This is so sweet! I just love your version of the coin purse. I wish our Portland JoAnn's carried this - clearly I'm living in the wrong part of the country.

Sandra said...

So sweet, Lori!

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quiltsbycheri said...

Dang!!! was just at Joann's yesterday.....now I NeeD! to go back, how stinkin cute is your version, love it!

Stacey said...

Beautiful! you always inspire, even with a diversion <3

Sue Tokash said...

Nice! Like your version much better too.

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NMK said...

Love your little change purse !!!! How perfect to stash away Play Day Money !!!

Jane said...

Another lovely Lori creation!! I'm sure you'll think of a use for the fabric that came with the kit.

The Wool Cupboard said...

Love your prim version of the coin purse, Lori!

Hugs, Linda

Three Sheep Studio said...

What a sweet little collectable !

Jennifer said...

Ooh, love it! I always look at all those little "purse fixins" at JoAnn's and never know if I am up to the challenge. Attaching fabric to metal always seemed a bit daunting to me. Your work is lovely. I would try something with a cat theme of cousre......

Heather said...

Oh! I love this! Your version is just perfect!~

Anonymous said...

oh wonderful!! LOVE the things you do!


Phyllis said...

I went to Joann's today in NW Arkansas and didn't find the issue. I would love to know where you found yours. Maybe I could call them and ask them to mail me the magazine.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh my gosh, wish I could 'whip up' something as beautiful as easily as you seem to, you are so talented! I will have to look at my bits and bobs of thread and fabric with different eyes and love those Gutterman colours! Deb

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