Have you been thinking about entering the Down Under Textiles Embellish a Bag challenge? I'm going to enter this year (even though I won't be eligible to win a prize 'cause of my affiliations with the magazine) because I've never made a bag before.
I'm interested in the idea of creating a small embellished piece of textile art and turning it into something special, using the same style of handles as everyone else in the challenge. I'm imagining something a bit glitzy, a bit OTT - or maybe I'll just take the opportunity to try out a lot of hand stitching. Either way, it will be an interesting way to expand my skills.
Why don't you enter the challenge, too? You can win $500 and all the entries will be displayed at the Textile Arts Festival in Brisbane in June. Entries close 28 May, but you will need to obtain a set of handles first. All the details and an an entry form are here.
You may think that I am overly interested in handbags. You may even be right, but today I had a small diversion on the way home from the physiotherapist and this came home with me.
Lovely colour, great size, plenty of pockets and made from soft leather. Yum.