Travel Purse

10” x 10” x 2”, plus strap |  2004
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When I was 22 I spent the summer in Europe.  I made a purse for the trip out of tapestry cloth; it had a complex lining with many pockets and zippers.

 

I still like this purse best for traveling, because it is light and just the right size.  The tapestry cloth was worn to shreds, but the lining was fine.  So I replaced the tapestry-cloth shell by a quilt.  The resurrected purse was immediately field-tested in Italy, with great success.

 

The fabrics are almost all black, grey, dark blue, and dull brown, yet contrast gives them life.  The design is a random arrangement of half-inch squares, formally known as a "Postage Stamp" pattern.