I can't make up my mind about this... is it an act of compassion to rescue a friend's UFO, or merely an extreme form of procrastination about my own?
I began work on my UFO for April over the weekend, taking an unfinished purse that Laurie sent me home with and deciding how to properly finish it...
In the way of automatic cameras everywhere, mine has captured some of the nice stitch detail in this piece that Laurie knitted, a textured pattern made up in heavy cotton from Takhi, while blurring the printed fabric.
Laurie just hated the thought of finishwork... for me, I have decided that there are still interesting design elements in how to finish a piece, especially when there's no pattern to turn to.
In this case the red lining will add a lot of character, as well as stability. It will also look better in person than in this crummy photo. It is a hand marbled fabric which I will sew in place by hand, after attaching a button and button loop on the outside. I will also knit up a long piece of I cord to provide a finished edging as I stitch the bag together, as well as a small, clutch-type handle. I may even try threading plastic tubing through the handle portion, for added strength and durability.
I am trying to make up my mind about which button, though I have to do that soon, since sewing it in place and concealing that sewing with the lining are steps best done in order. The bronze one would probably show up better against so much black... though I like the facets on the black plastic one. Laurie, what do you think? I am planning to ship this back to you when it's done!