Pecans do grown in this part of the world, even if they are not terribly common. A long while back I wrote about leaf printing with pecan leaves from our friends’ tree. I have had it in mind all the while to make them something from those leaf prints. Finally I have made good on this idea. In fact, my beloved saw one of our pecan-growing friends yesterday and told her I’d made them a gift… so this bag is destined for the post sooner rather than later.
I started out with this sun-faded linen frock–the shades of colour you see are not effects of the sun falling on the fabric but the impact of fading. I think I paid $2 for the frock at a red cross op shop.
The lining has a pocket from a recycled ramie shirt, and a patchworked panel of leaf printed silk offcuts from another recycled frock. Here are the inside panels ready to be stitched to the rest of the lining.
The remainder of the lining is yellow. A long time ago there was shop in our neighbourhood that just sold offcuts from a sheet manufacturer, and having made entire quilts, bunting and bags from those offcuts I still have some left! Here is the finished item on top of my madder patch. The madder is appreciating the warmer weather–at least until it gets too hot for it to enjoy, and I am hoping my friends will like their present.