Purse, pocketbook, handbag, or clutch, it is the one accessory a woman rarely goes without.
You can win a purse in horse racing, boxing, and once upon a time, each member of a crew on a ship that captured an enemy vessel was entitled to a share of the purse… aka money.
So naturally, the purse has come to be the one accessory women rarely go anywhere without.
I suspect these days they cell phone is probably a close second and if your cell phone is not in a pocket, it’s in… you guessed it… your purse!
We make a fashion statement with our purses. My assistant Carol claims her mother’s purse was “an infinite bags of holding and had everything but the bathroom sink.”
The purse is an accessory of many names and styles. An acquaintance of mine from New York calls it a “pocketbook”. My neighbor calls it a “handbag”. When someone refers to a purse as a “clutch”we know they are going out in style.
Beaded Clutch Materials:
Item you wish to decorate
Terrifically Tacky Tape
Seed and Bugle Beads —
Optional: Charms, Beaded ribbon
- Cut strips of Terrifically Tacky Tape and apply to item you wish to decorate. (The clutch above was a plain purse I found for a couple of bucks on sale.).
- Remove top plastic layer from tape and liberally apply Beads.
- Repeat process as necessary.
Tip: I made the clutch above super simple, but you could easily ad beaded ribbon to dangle from the bottom and an aesthetically place charm or two.