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Japanese inspired kimono style purse

Dec 20, 2009
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Here is a picture of a beaded purse I made for a formal ball in November. I always wanted a Kimono style purse, but I wanted to bead it…. I live on Okinawa in Japan and have been admiring them at the local festivals and while window shopping.  So the idea of creating one in my own style was born: Japanese shape and functionality, beading techniques learned in the US, my European style and beads collected during my travels in Asia….

The core of the purse is plastic sheeting in a ring shape and a circular shape as a base. The core is covered by a sleeve sewn from cobalt blue/purple crushed velvet. The netted bead work in Delicas and 11/0 seed beads is slid over the covered core, attached at the top, bottom and at the end of the plastic core. A tunnel for the drawstring cord is attached to the upper part. The netting is again attached to the velvet here on top and on the bottom of the tunnel. After creating the twisted netted cord over a leather cord for strength, it is pushed through the tunnel and then closed into a big circle. Finally two little rings off bigger glass beads on stretchy cord are slipped over the cord to keep the purse closed.

It took a few “take it apart and start over” trials as well as a few “okay, that is not working the way I thought, let’s take that last part I have done apart and try it a new way” ‘s…… But that was part of the fun!!!!

All beads and parts came from here in Asia:

Kuala Lumpur and Malacca in Malaysia, Bangkok in Thailand, Angeles City and Manila in the Philippines,  Singapore, and of course from here on Okinawa and some from Tokyo.  The only thing bought in the US were my needles, even my scissors were bought locally….

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JSmaz wrote
on Dec 21, 2009 2:30 AM

Fantastic!  I love Japanese beaded purses.  Someday I want to make myself one.  How lucky you are to get to live over there.  We've never had a chance to be stationed in Japan, just in Europe (not that I'm complaining).

Karoline2 wrote
on Dec 21, 2009 5:33 AM

Thank you! I just ordered the beads for another one: bigger this time with a Japanese printed material for the lining....,oval in shape, there will be a strap, but that might still all change... except for the fabric which I bought on a whim a year ago or so in a Japanese department store.... It will be my leaving Japan project. We are moving to Texas in a few weeks with a pit stop at the in-laws (they are used to me beading during their long family get-togethers).  We have been here for almost 3 years and it will be good to be in the US again. The closest I have made it was Guam last summer...not that I am complaining. It was by choice: I could fly for free from here to Tokyo, Korea, Guam, Singapore and the west coast with US military transports and just chose to everywhere but the US..... We volunteered for this military assignment for our teenage son to see Asia. And yes, I miss bead stores ( there is no real bead shop on Okinawa, the closest good bead shops are 1100 miles away  in Tokyo and Manila) Wal-mart and real Mexican food the most ....

Happy beading!



Echofire wrote
on Dec 26, 2009 11:52 PM

Wow how gorgous, You are very talented. Thanks so much for sharing your work!

sootfoot5 wrote
on Jan 23, 2010 11:02 PM

This is exactly what I was looking for!  DIane Fitzgerald does something similiar in her netting book, but she draws the bottom of her's together in a way I didn't care for as much.  I like yours better!  Gorgeous!  Good job! 

on Sep 23, 2010 5:13 PM

Very, very beautiful, what a lovely homage to your time in Japan! I love it!