A project can start and end differnet ways. You may purchase a kit with all the elements included or you can decide to start with a book pattern and collect everything you need before you start. By far a kit is the easiest way to begin; ensuring you have all you need.
In the past, I have started the body of a purse and then needed to search for the frame. Searching for the right size and style was frustrating. I could not finish until I had it in hand.
This time I searched and chose this vintage frame before starting the purse. Obviously this is easier because you can pick the materials that match the frame and work from there.
The pictured frame has clear and pink beads around the outside edges along with three rows of clear rhinestones set in the center. There are tiny gold beads threaded between the rhinestones. A purse frame that had a previous life and a different body. I sometimes wonder what it looked like before, when it was made and how long was it in use.
The new body sytle is call The Boulevard, Model No. 418 from “A Book of New Bead Work,” Designs and Adaptations by Emma Post Barbour, Copyright 1924. National Trading Company, Chicago and I am happy to be able to unite them both.