Velvet & Lace is one of two projects featured in the current issue of Handmade. I made it a while back and thoroughly enjoyed creating it. I hand painted the lace and was lucky to find the random dyed velvet in a dress fabric shop. Would love to say I had hand dyed it too but won't! :) The tassle is handmade too, using three full skeins of silk thread. Very sumptuous and fitting, I felt to match the bag. I finished off the bag with a small amount of lace and embroidery on the back as well. Interesting beading is along the top edge. Hard to explain without a diagram - using approx. 3mm diameter beads with smaller seed beads in a "sort of" fly stitch manner. A really nice finish for any edge actually. More to show you in a new post tomorrow! Happy stitching!