First things first. Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the Mary Engelbreit bourse I made for my Mom. She loves it! Monique wondered about why the stitching is on the inside of the bag, and Susie wondered just what a bourse is for anyway? I must confess, I don't really know the answers to these questions. I think the first time I saw something called a bourse it was this now OOP Au-Fil des Reves design.
Isn't it beautiful? The photo is from this website. From the photos I've seen of this design, I assumed it was a project bag. Many of you know I'm a graduate of MSU. That is, Making Stuff Up. So here is my best MSU thesis statement on the bourse: The bourse is a project bag. It's purpose is to hold your stitching tools. When you are ready to stitch you stretch out the bag and reveal the pincushion inside. You can arrange your tools in convenient spots around the pincushion while you stitch. When you're done you just pull the drawstrings and everything is neatly in the bag.
I hope someone will have the decency to set me straight if my thesis statement is in error!
I made my Mom a ME tape measure on a previous occasion. I thought in the future I might make a needle case or a scissor holder or some other nifty small, and a bourse would be just the thing to keep it all in one spot. Here's a photo of the tape measure.
So I made Mom a pincushion-free bourse. She likes it very much. I get the impression that she's not too interested in a bag full of smalls. In fact I think she might just use the bourse as a purse. Shocking, isn't it? Enjoy the bag, Mom ! Love you!
Next time around we'll chat about Camp Wannabe.