A Purse by Any Other Name… Clutch!

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Super Simple Beaded Clutch

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.”

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We borrowed this photo and the painting is available from: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/51412

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

Instructions:

  1. 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.).
  2. Remove top plastic layer from tape and liberally apply Beads.
  3. 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.