No matter that I have bags to burn, I fell in love with Kris's bag in Silken Dreams, Inspirations Magazine Issue 66. This is a variation of a bag that Monique Johnston teaches at Country Bumpkin.
Colour was the key factor factor for me. This bag is a wonderful combination of gold and dusky pink dupion, with embroidery in shades of pink to match the silk.
The design is a simple trailing vine with bullion roses and leaves.
The rose clusters are slightly different colours, making it more interesting to stitch. It was, however, the final addition of the three different shades of green that unified the design in a miraculous way. This was a great lesson in the importance of just the right shade.
The sides are also deeply split, so the bag opens almost flat. I'm not sure how necessary that is, since the bag is very full and opens wide anyway, but it was good to try it.
The bag is quite hard to photograph true to colour, because the gold reflects so much light, but this image is fairly close.
It is proving to be useful - and lovely to look at and feel.