"Luna" Moon Bag
As a child, I can vividly remember the day the Luna Moth flew onto the screen of the back porch. I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I'd ever seen, so when I saw the hankie in the estate sale with the crocheted "butterfly" in variegated green thread, I knew what I wanted to do with it. This is Luna. The fabric is once again that wonderful ivory brocade and the lining is pure slubbed silk in a green/bronze shade. I carefully detached the butterfly from the corner of the hankie (the style was very popular in the 50s) and also carefully cut away the linen of the hankie from the delicate crocheted trim. The butterfly was appliqued onto the brocade and the antennae done in vintage green carnival glass seed beads. I used iridescent white beads from an old beaded purse to stabilize the upper curve of the wings. Then I accented the lower wings with a pair of green sapphire roundel beads held in place with crystal beads. The delicate edging of the hankie was then transferred to the edge of the moon bag using a buttonhole stitch to attach it.