Thursday, June 2, 2011

Felt Messenger Bag Tutorial- Part 3 (of 3)

The machine-stitched seam at the mouth of the bag helps to hold the inner flap/pocket in place.

 


A close up of the glorious ruched silk.

 


The finished bag front.

 


The bag back.

 


As you can see, the resist that I used for this bag was a huge improvement over the rectangular one that I used for my other messenger bag...

...oh well, 'live and learn'...

...or should I say, 'keep felting and pay attention'?!?!

I really love the way the striped silk felted in (like buttah!)...

...and now I wish I'd bought the whole bolt!!

I hope that time and experience will make me more certain when it comes to knowing which fabrics will felt well and which won't...

...'cause it sure would make things easier as I'm hemming and hawing in the aisle of the fabric store!! :)

Even though there's not one micron of orange wool in this bag, I'm pretty happy with how it came out...

...and I'm delighted to report that my friend, Mary is quite satisfied with her gift. :)

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15 comments:

Kelly said...

This is so nice! I love the silk detailing!

WonderWhyGal said...

I would have snuck some orange in...even if on the inner pocket ;-)

It really is beautiful and it's great that you found a new way to create a resist shape that will give you the intended results.

martine said...

just fabulous, thanks for sharing all your photos and work in progress.
much love
martine

Cash en Els said...

Ohhhhhh now I understand the proces. I was a little bit confused but now I know how You managed it.

Thanks a lot for your workshop ;-)))

With love, Els

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks Kelly!
Andrea--Hahahaha!! Good idea!
Martine--Thanks, and you're very welcome!
Els--I'm glad it made sense. After I decided to call it a 'tutorial', I was worried that it might not be clear enough.
XXO-

Terrie said...

A wonderful piece, the silk look is detail, great style !

Voie de Vie said...

While I love that it's your process - I just want that dang bag!

Sandie Knapp said...

Wow, you have been really busy. I love the bags, both of them. Every time I see one of your tutorials, I am fascinated, because it just doesn't seem possible seeing what you start with, that something so lovely can come from all that "fuzz," and yet it does. Over and over again.

:)

Heather Woollove said...

Thank-you, Terrie!
Hahaha, Denise--You'll just have to wait and see what I come up with for you!
Sandie--It IS magical, isn't it?!?

Valerie said...

This can out beautifully, Heather! What a lovely gift. She is a lucky girl.
When do you head off for your felt clothes making workshop? I think it's coming up pretty soon, no? I can't wait to hear all about it :o)
x, Val

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Val! It's not until the end of summer...but I'm sure I'll blog about it! :)

Michelle said...

I really like the silk on the bag, the colours are all lovely. good job!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Michelle--I love the silk, too. I wish I had found it in more colors! :)

FeltersJourney said...

A lovely bag Heather, and a great tutorial!
Good idea with the bulbous bit.
Dxx

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Deborah! Yes...I was pretty happy with the design of the resist this time!