Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gerbera Daisy Tote Bag With Beading

Gerbera daisies-my floral inspiration.

 


Laying out the fiber.

 


I think that this tote resembles a pinch-top vase.

 


The finished tote bag with small beads sewn onto each flower center.

 


I received some beautiful Gerbera daisies recently...

...and decided that their vibrant colors and basic design would make a pretty tote bag.

I laid out orange roving for the handle and bottom section on each side of the resist...

...then applied variegated orange, pink and red roving to the middles in a circular fashion.

I left a bit more of the finished felt than usual after felting...

...to make a higher, more pinched-looking top...

...which can expand to haul lots of items.

I made sprigs from four small, gold seed beads...

...and sewed three of them to each flower center (front and back).

As this is a present for a blog friend who likes orange almost as much as I do...

...I hope that she will be happy with her surprise!

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22 comments:

Cash en Els said...

The color, i think its more beautiful then the flower itself ;-))

With love, Els

Heather Woollove said...

Awwww, Els...that's so nice!! XXO-

WonderWhyGal said...

Beautiful flowers to inspire a gorgeous bag. I love when we find inspiration for our projects for life around us. Spring has definitely inspired me.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Terrie said...

What I want to say is "GORGEOUS". Lve the bring color so much that it makes me happy.

Kelly said...

Oh she DOES love it! Thank you sooooo much!

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea and Terrie--Thanks so much!
I'm always happy when the colors I love make other people happy, too!
Kelly--You are VERY welcome! XXO-

harriet said...

Beautiful bag. I absolutely love the colors! What a lucky friend.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Harriet! Do you have a blog for your work?

vilterietje said...

it's so vibrant beautiful! great colourcombination, i'm glad you received such a great inspiration-gift:)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Riet! I'm lucky...my BF brings me flowers every week.

Cameron said...

Heather, What do you do with everything that you make? Do you have the same problems that I have with where to put it? I can't give it all away, and I sure don't sell it all!!! My sister thinks that her friends in LA will buy some of my nuno scarves. Wool in LA with 75 to 80 degree temperatures already. Well, I sent it off, we'll see. Let me know what you do. Hugs

primdollie said...

I love the color and shape!! what a fun bag!!will have to remember all thee that I love so you can help me make some!!! too fun! xo

Heather Woollove said...

Cameron-You would be shocked to see my studio. Nearly everything I have displayed is the work of OTHER felters, not my own! Honestly, since I don't sell my work, it mostly goes to my friends and children as gifts. I do a lot of giveaways, too...and lately, I've arranged individual swaps with felting friends and that's the MOST FUN of all, since I make them something I think they would love and they do the same back! I say, try LA. There are a lot of rich people there and they are always in air-conditioning, anyway!! :)
Linda--Yes. We have purses and totes on our 'to do' list!! XXO-

Dawn Edwards said...

Good morning buddy,

What a bright, beautiful way to start the day. This bag is gorgeous!!! Your friend is going to love it!!!! Looking at it, I'd have thought that this one would be right up your alley. You're such a giving soul...May it come back to you in bunches.

Big hugs to you.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Dawn! It was fun making this for Kelly, since she and I are both 'orange grlzz'! :)

Simon said...

fabulous colours Heather.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Simon!

Cheri said...

So beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog - new follower!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Cheri! Your story about overcoming pain is quite remarkable. You have an open, warm and loving spirit, and it really shows!!

Sandie Knapp said...

I can easily see how the Gerbera Daisy inspired you, and the colors are definitely yours too. I hope you have a lot of fun with that bag. :)

narkeymarkey said...

beautiful colours! and the way you've blended them makes it look like the bag is glowing :)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Tracy! Those colors do make me happy!!