If you're gonna' run with scissors, you're bound to cut a really nice wool blanket once in awhile! Mom always warned me against running with them, but at the very least to keep the cutting end pointed down - or at a blanket! It's happened to me TWICE now.
The good news is, it wasn't a total loss - in fact, it wasn't a loss at all! Four shoulder bags and one clutch purse from one seriously HEAVY wool blanket purchased in Santa Fe over the winter - two bags finished this weekend.
The blanket was a little larger this time - a Pendleton Beaver State (64 X 80"; 82% pure virgin wool; 18% cotton ) San Miguel pattern blanket, to be exact - patterned after Native American blanket designs.
This blanket was incredible on BOTH sides (as are all of the Pendletons) and provided for two totally different looks/"feel" of bag, though the same pattern was utilized for both. The lighter of the two (it may look cream, but it's a very pale grey) was finished with the same rusty brown lining as the previous red Pendletons, and has dark brown leather thongs. The 1.5" button on the front is an OLD one. Antique, and made from a horn (don't ask me from what animal), with a detailed brass inlay.
The second bag was finished with red lining to match the red wool cut from the same blanket, with grey crosses that echoed the rest of the design. Finished with a 2" geometric bakelite button, silver-tone grommets, and black leather thongs. For those that sew, the pattern used (with my own modifications) is the Lucille Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts.
Both of these are going to their new home in Colorado. Both will be very loved, I'm sure of it. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start - watch running with scissors. You never know what you might cut!