Friday, December 23, 2011

Red and White Raw Fleece Bag- Part 2 of 2


The finished bag...


...with all of its little 'boingy bits'! 


Don't these stitches look like Dr. Frankenstein did them?!?


The leather strap is long enough to be worn cross-body if desired.


Yet another Christmas gift out of the way...phew!!



After felting, I was relieved to see that my mystery fleece perked up proudly...

...and I like the combination of grey and brown in the finished felt.

The choice of a leather strap was the right one, I think...

...and I expect that it will be sturdier and less prone to discoloration...

...than a felted one would have been.

I also chose to use a pair of earth magnets this time...

...for a more subtle closure than my usual "one-button" one. :)

Next time: This year's handmade Christmas decorations...

...made by two of my daughters!!

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19 comments:

AllyB said...

Has to be the most interesting bag I've seen. I'm wondering how the lock structure will hold up under use. Have you made one like this before that would give you an indication what it will look like in a few months? Your creativity always amazes me. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Ally!! These hold up very well because, unlike fake fur or the like, these have the raw locks actually felted INTO the felt itself. There is no way for them to fall off! Here are two other bags that I made like this, and BTW, they have gotten a lot of wear since I made them, and they still look great: http://woollove-functional-fiberart.blogspot.com/2011/10/cfg-raw-fleece-purse-2-part-2-of-2.html and http://woollove-functional-fiberart.blogspot.com/2011/10/icelandic-cross-raw-fleece-purse.html
XXO-

Chrisknits said...

OMG!!! Your felted stuff is gorgeous! I love that rug. Simply beautiful.

Melissa Plank said...

I love this bag, I'm partial to this color of lock and the wool is spronging up in perfect, sheepy little curlycues! Thank you for all the good wishes friend, God bless!

Voie de Vie said...

I resemble those Frankenstein stitches, missy! :) That turned out really well, as do all of your bags. I'm giving mine a brief break - I think I used every day for three months straight!

Have a great, fibery holiday - cheers to you and yours.

Sandie Knapp said...

Absolutely different, I'll give you that. I rather like the smooth felted bags better, myself. But that's just me. I agree with the leather strap, that does look good with it. It should wear for a good long time, from the look of it. :)

Looking forward to seeing the decorations your daughters made.

Vivian said...

Very interesting looking indeed. I wonder if people would mistaken it for real sheepskin, like you have to kill the sheep to get it. Would be so fun to carry it around the feel the raw fleece all the time!

Merry Christmas!

vilterietje said...

do you know that in italy they don't have cross body strapps? they say it's a real dutch thing, because the dutch women ride their bikes and need their hands to steer:) love the purse!

WonderWhyGal said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
I thought I worked the stitching at first ;-)
The bag is super sassy and the recipient will be a rock star wearing it.

Thank you for inspiring me to explore my inner felter and for introducing me to Jone. I look forward to the next time we can meet in person.

Wishing you the Merriest of Christmas wishes to you and your whole family. Thank you for being a part of Fiber Arts Friday and for simply being you. xoxo

Spinster Beth said...

Very nice! I like purses with long straps.

Heather Woollove said...

Chris--Thanks so much!
Melissa--"Spronging up"...I love this expression!! :)
Denise--Hahaha...sewing through that thick plastic is HARD, and I can't use my machine with the magnets, so there you go. Merry Christmas to you, too, dear one!
Sandie--Raw fleece purses are definitely NOT for everyone, I know!! :)
Vivian--People don't know what to make of the raw fleece bags I carry. At work, they call one of them Chewbacca! :)
Riet--Interesting!! I know that there are lots of women bike riders in Denmark, too...and they ride in high heels(!)
Andrea--Yes...hopefully we will meet again in the New Year!! XXO--
Beth--It's nice when the straps work either way!

Ro Bruhn said...

What a gorgeous bag. Have a lovely Christmas and a very creative 2012. Thanks for visiting my blog too.

yvette said...

great great great...what a wishiwasmine bag!!!

happy holidays for you and your loveones

Terrie said...

Love the bag, love the texture and the way you made it. I always want to do a bag like it with curly fleece. Will have a go. The mat for your daughter is so pretty with the sharp pattern. Very lovely gifts.
Have a Merry Christmas !

Heather Woollove said...

Ro--Thank you so much!! I'm glad you stopped by!!
Yvette--Hahaha...thanks for your sweet wishes!
Terrie--Yes...you should try one! Just remember to start slowly, with lots of rubbing before you roll it...and don't be afraid to get it fully felted once it's 'safe' to do so!! XXO-

Rachel said...

Great texture!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Thank you!!

Andria said...

I love a cross body strap, so good choice there. You have such a way with bags, it is amazing!

Heather Woollove said...

Andria--Thank you!!