Wednesday, August 24, 2011

More Synthetic Fun- Part 2 of 2

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.

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14 comments:

vilterietje said...

where would you be without your clever daughter? without handles:)

Terrie said...

Effect with fabric band is so good that added the special texture look.

Patty Biermans said...

What a color! Really yummie!! When I saw the pictures I wondered how you get the top so straight and if you put something in it. Great solution with the sticks. hugz...peebee

WonderWhyGal said...

It's beautiful. Great idea with the chopsticks.

Voie de Vie said...

I do love how that turned out - the texture is awesome, as well as the color (of course!). :)

Kelly said...

I like that deal. She helps with problem solving and the payoff is a new bag! Great idea....let me know if you need more "help"..... ;) hahhaa

Rachel said...

Love that texture!

And surely a bag is a small price to pay for a new technique to use?

AnaH said...

Uma peça linda,vibrante e versátil.
Já estou te seguindo.
Gosto de trabalhar com feltragem artesanal, lã e seda. Tecelagem manual.
www.hocheggerana.blogspot.com
www.xalesfrau.blogspot.com
sera umprazer receber sua visita.
Att. Ana

Leann said...

I like the texture! Are you ready for this hurricane?

vilterietje said...

looking forward to your mad hatter:) you could easily felt a small sportscar against the tree:
don't kit and drive together!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, ladies! I'm just back from Felter's Fling this evening, so more later!!

Heather Woollove said...

Ana--Welcome and thanks so much!!

Het Wolbeest said...

This bag is absolutely wonderful!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, HW! I'm glad you stopped by!