Tuesday, November 03, 2009

"Gilded Cage"

"Lantern Bloom" by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller fabrics may be one of my favorite fabric lines of all time. I know I say that often about various fabrics. My problem is there are so many fabulous fabric designers that I am a bit fickle when it comes to declaring favorites. I'm like a 12 year old with a new crush every other week. Suffice it to say that this line, "Lantern Bloom", is gorgeous. This collection is filled with abstract prints with an Asian flare. Unique designs including hanging bird cages, tile mosaics and vases filled with delicate blossoms are presented in vivid hues. The fabric looks textured, distressed, earthy and alluring. It compels you to reach out and touch it and then examine every nuance. Laura Gunn, by her own admission is a "mother, artist, designer, and compulsive crafter." You can find her blog, "Paint in my Hair" here. She started out as a painter by trade, so as a result her fabrics capture the textures and variegations found in that medium. Very cool, sophisticated, and contemporary. I love them.

And, I love "Gilden Cages," which is what I named my latest Hang Up. It is, obviously, made from two of the fabrics in the "Lantern Bloom" collection. Oh, how I adore this fabric. First, let's take a look at the $4.20 button. She's French. Ohhh-la-la. Apparently French things are pricey, at least their buttons are, but I couldn't pass this one up. It's rich and earthy and so perfect for this tote. There are two of these babies -- one on each side of "Gilded Cages."

Having introduced you to the buttons, I will move on to the pleats... there's three on each side. I say this because sometimes a purse will be one-sided. By that I mean, all the special doo-dads will appear on one side but not the other. The extra special features on my totes cover both sides...

And finally, here she is in all her splendor. I wish I could give my little bird away with the purchase of the tote. She seems to fit right in...

You can find "Gilded Cage" in my Etsy.
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7 comments:

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I know I always say this, but each one of your totes is more beautiful than the other.

When I started reading the post, and only saw the button, well my heart thumped, at first, and then it was "I need more photos". Such beautiful fabric, makes me want to take up quilting, and sewing all over again.

Jen

Annie of Blue Gables said...

You are an amazing sales woman. Just your description of her makes me want to own her, nay makes me yearn and desire her, even though she wouldn't match a single thing in my closet.
I love the button as well. You are just getting better and better. I didn't think that was possible. What can I say that is worthy? "Wow" seems inadequate.
~a

Suzanne said...

Wow, ladies. I'm blushing. I do have a way of going on and on...

Maryam said...

How interesting! Totally different. Good job sista! love m

Quilt Hollow said...

Geez Louise...just when I think one is fantastic you top it off with another gorgeous one. You sure have an awesome eye for fabric choice in your totes!

MiaKatia said...

Beautiful combo of fabrics!

Kristine said...

How do people create such amazing fabrics? The cages are so delicate and beautiful looking!