Not going to post to the flikr group website until I have some real progress - maybe once a week as suggested by another member there. In the meantime I will record the day-to-day goings on here. :)
Here is a picture of the front with a velvet beaded panel pinned in place ready to sew
and here is the back
with some antique lace over one pocket - again pinned waiting to be sewn.
The velvet comes from an old piece given to me by a friend clearing out her craft supplies - it was a beaded waistcoat and I wanted to keep the piece quite large to preserve the pattern of the beads. The photo shows the inset black fabric against the velvet well but does not show all the beading which surrounds it. The lace was from the same lady.
I am thinking about the bag as I fall asleep and when I wake up in the morning. I have toyed with the idea of a theme; planets, sky, water, sewing? In the end I think I will just go for heavily embellished, rich and pretty. The thing I enjoyed about a recent cq swap was the freedom from planning, or rules. What do I feel like doing tonight? Well, okay then that's what I'll do! This means my work will not follow a predetermined plan nor arrive at a fixed destination. We will just go with it and see where we end up. Strange to think that when I first started the cq RR only a few months ago it was that very freedom from rules and a lack of a pattern which frightened me so and prevented me from starting.
I am sure that the technical execution of some of the other bags will be better than mine. I see that others already have more forward planning and insight into the direction their bags are going in. The results of some of the other sewers will probably be grander/cleverer/more innovative too. But I do think that we will all have fun. Already I am enjoying my sewing and the exploration of uncharted territory more and more each day.