Sunday, August 3, 2008

Vintage Black Velvet Purse

This is a small Vintage black velvet clutch probably from the 1940's. It has peach satin lining which was popular in the 1940's. On the inside, I've edged the lining where it meets the brass fitting, with Japanese rococo ribbon. The purse was embellished with hand-dyed rayon tape using a gathering stitch and ruching stitch. I ruched 1/4" wide pink velvet ribbon to form a small flower and added an old pearl for the flower center. All the flowers were created then stitched to the velvet with Nymo beading thread. A vintage rhinestone flower button was added among the ribbon flowers. Brass leaf charms were added. Different glass pearls that I purchased at a French "Puce Marche" were added to the flower centers. To create a bit of movement within the piece, Indian copper bullion was couched among the flowers. All the hand-dyed rayon tape was dyed with RibbonSmyth's Rainbow Dyes. The Ribbons can be purchased in the Outlet section. Way too many years of gathering velvet purses has resulted in a significant stash residing in the studio. Each velvet purse will be embellished and begin a new search for a new home via our etsy site ~


Candi said...

Wow! Ok now tell me when in the world do you find time to be able to do this! lol It's beautiful.

Vickie said...

Thanks Candi, and that elusive "creating time" happens very late at night...