The shape of my bag was based on a section of the shell of the tortoise I sketched earlier, the details and thought processes described in previous posts.
Below are a few images of the bag under construction.
Completed bag, with gussets, free machine corded edging at top, and knotted strips of frayed fabric for straps:
Front of bag
Back of bag
Gusset edge with straps applied
"Embroidered Purses, Design & Technique" by Linda Tudor was invaluable in helping me work out an approach to making my bag, something I had never done before. Ms Tudor offers a number of different bag constructions, from which I chose her bag with gussets as my model.
Authenticating photograph of me adding finishing touches to bag!
*Embroidered Purses, Linda Tudor
*Strip Patchwork, Valerie Campbell-Harding
*Machine Embroidery: Stitch Techniques, Val Campbell-Harding & Pam Watts
*Blackwork Embroidery, Margaret Pascoe
*Blackwork, Becky Hogg
*The Machine Embroiderer's Workbook, Val Holmes
*Shibori for Textile Artists, Janice Gunner