Collection of minaudieres resized

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Black fringe minaudiere resizedTwice a year, Destiny and I take our Sassy Feet classes and store on the road to a big sewing or costuming show. Our next one is coming up this weekend at ETA-California, and we've been having fun creating some new things to share. The result is that we've been blogging less recently, but we think you'll forgive us when you see what we've been up to!

One of our projects has been to create little "minaudiere" shoulder bags. This is especially fun to do because you can start with a hard plastic shell and purse frame, so all you have to do is cover them and add cool embellishments. I wrote about how to do one of these in an earlier post. Here are our most recent versions, which we are taking to the show.

The bag above was painted Pearl White, then covered with black net fabric and topped with a lavish embellishment. Then I added long black fringe and a beaded strap, to which I attached a black tassel and a little bow made of the same net.

Minaudiere collageAt left is a brocade covered version with a frog and orange suede trim. The inside is covered with a Kaffe Fassett fabric. At right, zebra-print suede is topped with a concho threaded with a piece of burgundy-colored snake leather.

Destiny's minaudiere resizedThis one deserves a closeup! Destiny made this using an original piece of her art entitled "Talk Dirty to Me." She scanned in the artwork, printed it out on inkjet cotton, then wrapped it over the shell of the bag. (For more of Destiny's widely varied, non-DIY artwork, go to

Brown velvet minaudiere resizedLast is this little velvet-covered bag. You can read all the details about it on our earlier blog, but for now I just want to confess that I did not do the ribbon embroidery! (I showed this one off last year at my wearable art group and they assumed I had…. until I enlightened them.) The fabric came with the embroidery on it. It wasn't cheap (!), but I only needed a little. One extra fun thing I did on this one was to add embellishments dangling from the chain strap.

(If you fall in love with any of these and have to have it — they run about $60 — email me at before Saturday at 9 a.m. and I'll save it for you. )

Destiny stenciling skirt resized

On to our next project. We decided to do some painting and stenciling on fabric to show visitors to the conference that they can use the Lumiere and Neopaque paints on their clothes, not just their shoes and bags. In this shot, Destiny is stenciling a denim mini-skirt using three colors of paint — Metallic Olive, Pewter and Metallic Russet.

Stencil skirt closeup resizedShe is applying the paint using a wedge-shaped cosmetic sponge and is purposely using varying amounts of paint so as to get a dappled effect. 

Stenciled skirt afterHere's the finished piece. The paint is fairly stiff on the fabric when it first dries, but after running the skirt through the washer and dryer, it's much softer.

That's it for today. I'm off to pack up for the show!

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