Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Machine-Pleated Pre-Felt Purse- Part 2

I think that the flap looks a little like a ginko leaf here, prior to trimming.



"Look, Ma...No stitches!"
After the bag was partially felted, I removed the large basting stitches that held the pieced pre-felt sections together.



The area of the purse bottom that required hand stitching.



The finished bag with double handle.



Because I put the pre-felt layer down on the resist first...

...and didn't adequately 'rough up' the back of it...

...there was a section of pre-felt which didn't completely felt to the other roving.

To fix the piece that was 'flapping' a little...

...I merely did a bit of hand sewing.

I doubled up the strap this time, to shorten it...

...and to anchor it...I tucked a section of strap under the flap which had become the inner pocket...

...and stitched it down, thereby holding it in place.

I was pleased to find a vintage button from my stash which matched so well...

...and all-in-all, it was a fun experiment.

(One I'll show you more of in a future post!)

15 comments:

Terrie said...

OMG, texture is so lovely. Good idea have it done in this way.

Kelly said...

I love the textures. Imagine if you made a wavy ruffle look. I also like the double strap. Very nice indeed!

WonderWhyGal said...

I love the two handles...very sassy. I am always amazed how felting changes the colors of the roving. It really mutes the color. BEAUTIFUL!

BTW, I get compliments all the time on my gorgeous bag...even from men. It's funny how they never notice a woman's purse but when you use an amazing hand-crafted work of art as your bag...they ask tons of questions about the workmanship and construction. LOVE IT!

Joei Rhode Island said...

Very wonderful texture, Heather. A very successful piece I would say.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Terrie and Joei...I love the texture, too!!
Kelly--I'll have to try a really 'deep' pleat sometime to see whether the ruffle thing would work!
Andrea--I'm so happy to hear that you're still enjoying the bag!! (With all of the men chatting you up, though...will I be in big trouble with your hubby?) Giggle.

Vicki W said...

Cool!

Viltalakim said...

wonderfull bag you made!!

vilterietje said...

very, very special way of working, and i love the endresult:)

Angela said...

It's worked brilliantly - great bag Heather

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Vicki, Kim, Riet and Angela!

Patty Biermans said...

It's a great idea with the stitcht prefelt! You are a cool designer and you solve your problems like a pro! :D Hugzz..Peebee

Heather Woollove said...

Peebee--Thanks for your lavish praise!! :)

Kathleen said...

What a unique look!! You are getting very very good.

Kathy

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Kathy!!

Sandie Knapp said...

Yet again, another wonderful handbag. Adorable too! :)