A few weeks ago, my friend Kim, (who sews my potholders and scarves) said she has something to show me. Then she pulled out this gorgeous hand made felted purse. I’ve known Kim for a few of years and she’s always working on something, from quilts to elaborately decorated cakes. But she always told me that she had to have a pattern to work from. That she wasn’t interested in making up her own designs.
Until now. Until Kim’s felted purses. When Kim first showed me the purse, and I gushed over it, she asked me to be honest and said I could tell her if I didn’t like it. And I knew just how she felt. (no really, I know you said you love it and you can’t stop talking about it, but you’re not just saying that are you?)
But it really doesn’t matter what I said or even what Kim said or how she really felt or how she thought I might really feel, because a week later she made another one. (so all of that other stuff doesn’t really matter) This time she was inspired by an antique button. And when she told me of the creative process that went into making the purse, I knew Kim had finally found the artist in herself. To be inspired by a one thing, one idea and build a whole piece around it, is how creating works. After all these years of following other people’s patterns, Kim began following and trusting her own intuition. And aren’t we all luckier for it.
The other part that makes Kim’s purses so special is her experience and professional craftsmanship. Each purse has a carefully chosen lining to match the exterior and one of them even has interior pockets.
So my next question to Kim was if she would sell them at the Open House in October and then, selfishly, would she was still sew my potholders and scarves for me. Thankfully, she answered yes to both of them and is now being inspired (by button) to start her next purse. Rumor has it that this one might even have a strap on it. Kim still has to figure out the pricing and all those other fun details, but she plans on having five done for the Bedlam Farm Open House. (It’s going to be a good one!)
Here’s some photos of Kim’s second and third purse. And I’ll post more as she makes them.
This one of the lady and the moon was inspired by the antique cameo button.
And those candy green buttons got her to make these flowers. Below is a photo of the inside of this purse (with pockets!)…