Monday, January 9, 2017

Cross-Stitch Peacock Purse


I'm always amazed at the versatility of DMC embroidery floss. It comes in an amazing range of gorgeous colors, and it has a luxurious sheen. It's also super inexpensive--less than 40 cents a skein! When I was playing with color combinations one day, I came up with this peacock palette and knew I wanted to use it in an accessory of some sort. I came up with this vintage-look evening bag, which reminds me of a Flapper purse from the Roaring Twenties.


Although I call it a "Cross-Stitch Peacock Purse," it's actually worked in half cross-stitches on black Aida fabric. I lined the bag with shimmery blue fabric and completed the "Flapper" look with an antique chain and embroidery floss fringe. The finished bag is 4" by 6"--the perfect size for carrying a cell phone and lipstick on a special night out.


This design was featured in the 2015 Holiday issue of Craft Ideas magazine. If you'd like to give the project a try, click here to download and print the chart. (Stitch the chart as shown and then turn it upside down to stitch the second half of the purse.) To assemble the purse, click here to go to the instructions on the Craft Ideas website. Trust me, it's much easier to make than it looks. Happy stitching!


15 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous purse. I can't believe it's embroidery floss. It looks like it's made with sparkly beads. I'd love if you'd share your lovely project at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party at Organized31.com

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    1. Thank you, Susan, and thanks for the invitation--heading there now!

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  2. So pretty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  3. Oh my goodness - this is stunning!

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  4. Thank you, Lynda! Thanks for visiting.

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors and the style! Thanks for sharing with our Merry Monday party!

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    1. Thank you, Emily, and thanks for hosting!

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  6. Really beautiful and a lot of stitches! Thanks for sharing with us at #CCBG

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  7. Beautiful purse! Spotted it on the Sew Can Do link up. Looks like a fun way to incorporate a little sewing and cross stitching - right up my alley! Thanks for sharing :)
    Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by, Alexandra--thanks for you kind comments.

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  8. I love this and would like to make it but I can't find a chart. I have the photo, the instructions and the key, but I can't find a chart or any link other than what is shown. Can you help me?. Just found you through Craft Gossip today. I am going to browse now.

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    1. Hi Sylvia--I'm so glad you want to make the peacock purse! There is a chart on the Craft Ideas site; you'll find it if you click the second gray dot below the picture of the purse. However, it's smaller than I realized, so I added a link above (in the last paragraph) that will take you to a downloadable version of my original chart. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!

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