The completely encased resist with all fiber layers applied.
The back of the finished bag.
The bag front with tussah silk bits.
A close-up of the finished texture.
After cutting out a 'hand-hold' opening and blanket-stitching with embroidery thread.
The opened bag.
The finished purse.
This is one of those projects which languished due to lack of interest.
As much as I loved the finished texture of the felted fabric mid-section...
...I wasn't really happy with the way the fabric pulled the bag out of shape during felting...
...and wasn't sure how I wanted to cut out the handles or finish the bag.
Luckily, my daughter, L, came to the rescue...
...cutting 'carrying holes' in the bag top and hand-stitching around each opening.
She also realized that inserting chopsticks (like dowels) into the bag top for support...
...would make it easier to both hold and open the bag! Brilliant!!
Of course, you might guess that all of this 'help' comes with a price...
...my new bag is now her her bag!! Smile.