Answer: the things I've been weaving.
Here's the black and white:
the samples in this post were woven on. I used a lighter beat while weaving this and it spread out the curves a bit. It also has a softer hand, so it's a good spring/fall scarf.
The orange and purple inspiration:
The echinacea are in full bloom and the bees are buzzing.
But the fabric for this purse was woven back in the spring, when the echinacea was just a leaf or two peeking out of the soil. I posted about the fabric here. (It's from an 8 shaft turned taquete' sampler.)
The pattern is Vogue 8590, a Marci Tilton pattern. It all started out looking like this:
Then I started to think about tablet weaving the shoulder strap. That should give a sturdier fabric because the warps twine around the wefts with each shot. That's the band you see on the left of the photo. It is heavier than the inkle band. It's okay for now, but if I can find 5/2 pearl cotton in the same colors, I will probably re-do the strap.
The fabric in the upper right corner of the photo is what I used for the lining.
The two pouches that make up the bag are similar but different. The front pouch in the top photo has a zippered pocket under the front flap, in addition to the pouch of the main bag.
The back bag has a different sort of pocket. The pattern calls for this to be a zippered pouch as well, but I like to have an open pocket to keep tissues and lip balm for easy access. So I made it an open pocket with bound edging.
Inside the main bag lining there's an extra little pocket that will hold a few cards, and a pleated pocket for lipstick or other small items.
As always, you can click on the photo to see a larger version.
Before sewing with the handwoven fabric, I made a test bag out of a pair of my son's old jeans. If you decide to try this pattern, I would strongly suggest doing a prototype because the way the pattern is written can be a little confusing.
I'm still drafting patterns from the sloper class...Have made several muslins, but no actual garment yet. That's my goal over the next couple of weeks.
Doesn't it look like the peach ones are peeking over the shoulder of the red?
They are really stunning this year. This one is about 5" across: