Monday, November 14, 2011

Painted Silk Messenger Bag- Part 1 of 2



Painted silk gauze and coordinating merino roving.


Laying out roving along the resist perimeter.

Adding the painted silk gauze.


Covering the gauze with roving...

...white over the design so that it would 'pop'!


Adding more roving to the back side of the purse.


The finished layout...front side with encased silk...


...and back side.


Cutting out the handle and removing the resist.


This is a messenger bag that I made for a swap with my friend, Melissa...

...and it was a first for me, since it was a collaboration!!

She provided the hand-painted silk gauze (oh, so lovely!!)...

...and I found complementary colors of roving and then felted them into a bag!

It was a bit nerve-wracking for me at first...

...wanting to 'do right' by her work and show off this amazing design!

Next time: I'll show you the finished bag...

...and tell you what she thought of it!! :)

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14 comments:

vilterietje said...

very colorful silk, love it. must be great to put your messenges in a beautiful bag. your friend melinda will be very pleased to receive it:)

Heather Woollove said...

Riet--the painted silk was really a work of art!!

Terrie said...

Your bags are always so detail. Love to follow the steps which help me quite some. Eager to see how it turns out.

Rachel said...

A great collaboration - well done.

Heather Woollove said...

Terrie and Rachel--Thanks!

Kelly said...

I thought that silk painting looked familiar! Awesome bag!! I cannot wait to see it fully finished!

Heather Woollove said...

Kelly--Isn't Melissa's silk painting amazing?!?!

Melissa Plank said...

Well it goes without saying, I am still jumping up and down with joy!!! I absolutely love the bag you made for me and can't stop looking at it. It's really amazing to see the steps that go into your beautiful felted creations, just amazing!

Heather Woollove said...

Melissa--I am SO happy and relieved!!! Working with a piece of silk as beautiful and one of a kind as yours was a bit daunting for me!

HADIAH SCHUMACHER said...

That's very exciting!
Hadiah

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Hadiah!!

Fiona said...

This is so beautiful, Heather! What a fun way to collaborate! You are just a felting powerhouse! So many projects! PS- got a little surprise in the mail yesterday! I'll be bloggin about it tonight! Thank you! x0x!

Patty Biermans said...

Indeed, such a beautiful painted silk! I can imagine that you were very nervous to work with it, making the gorgious bags you always make :)). hugzz...peebee

Heather Woollove said...

Fiona--Yay!! I will be curious to see what you make with it...since I struggled so with it! :)
Peebee--Thanks!