This will be the third outing for the Vampire Purses and they have evolved a bit.The originals were made as a big Halloween themed bunch of designs back in 2014 (see here for the post about them – wow, even I can’t believe that was back in 2014!).The applique pieces came already beaded and were slightly 3D in style; the whole purse was based on Victorian mourning dress, specifically inspired by an antique dress I own.By the time I made the second batch in 2015 I couldn’t get the same applique, so I bought a new design and beaded them myself (this made sense as I had to double stitch the beading on all of the first ones anyway, I was paranoid they might come off otherwise).I was always a bit sad that they had an orange red lining as in my mind they needed blood red, hence the ‘Vampire’ purse name, but I had quite a bit of the silk to use up. I still love them though and I kept one for myself, it is by far the most used item from the shop.This time, I got to indulge in my need for that blood red lining.Yum. I love it!…..I may need to keep another for myself.Gluing in the frames nearly killed me – I’d forgotten how much I hate that job.But they are done and are listed here.Gosh, they went quickly! Some have already sold as I was writing this post.Another re-make but one that’s always popular are the red rose brooches,they are back too.The witch mice from the original Halloween makes never sold well 😦 and the last couple have gone into the sale section. Makes me a bit sad as so much work went into them but I also understand why they missed the mark. I love them, but then I have slightly quirky taste.There’s a single vampire boy left too.Whilst I’m in the mood, I’ve started on new spider purses for next year. I’m just re-drafting the pattern and annoyingly I will need to polish up the acrylic bodies of the spiders as they’ve turned up a bit scratched, which just won’t do.
Right, off to cook Sunday lunch, happy weekend everyone!