This bag started out inspired by Carol Wilcox Well's square bottom bag in
Beaded Amulet Purses, but I wanted to make something bigger and I
never could stick to the directions. I used size 11 Czech seed beads. I
started this in Summer '94 and finished the next winter. The lid is
brick-stitched, and the netted "skirt" at the bottom was originally added
to hide my bumpy reductions. I got lazy with the strap, which is rattail
with beads stitched on. I'm not happy with the functionality of the lid,
as it gaps and so forth when the bag gets squeezed, and I occasionally
think about redoing it, but we'll see. The bag is several inches long.
I'll measure it one of these days.
This was my first more-than-a-day project since I started playing with
beads after having dabbled a few years earlier before getting sucked
back into school. The first time around, in 1992, I had been isolated
and could find few books. I thought I had invented peyote stitch at one
Here's a close-up of the top.
6 July 1994