Monday, December 12, 2011

Tencel and Merino Birthday Purse- Part 1 of 2


Superfine merino and tencel roving.


Laying out the roving (from the 'outside-in')


Adding layers of spongy Hog Island wool for the purse lining.


Making an inner pocket.


Cutting a line for the flap.


Turning the purse 'right-side' out.


Cutting grey leather for a purse strap.


A friend of mine just had a 'big' birthday...

...and I wanted to send her something special.

 I decided to 'break out' a braid of my special stash roving...

...a shimmery blend of superfine merino and tencel in greys, deep pinks and plums.

I wanted a long handle for this one...

...since she lives in New York City, and will certainly wear this bag cross-body.

I also had a piece of grey leather that was perfect with this roving....

...and thought it might make an especially sturdy strap.

I used a simple, rounded-off rectangle for the resist...

...and covered it with layers of merino/tencel roving...

...followed by a couple of layers of Hog Island fleece.

I often make the lining of a purse a little lighter...

...so you can see its contents a little more clearly! :)

Next time: the finished bag...

...with a Moroccan button!

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17 comments:

Happy Mommy said...

Can't wait to see it!

Heather Woollove said...

Leann--I'm looking forward to our Christmas get-together!

HADIAH SCHUMACHER said...

Wauw, beautiful colours and very exiting!
Hadiah

WonderWhyGal said...

The Merino/Tencel felts with no issues? I tried some Panda Top on a nuno felted shawl I was making and it just didn't want to felt into the silk base. So much to learn...

Heather Woollove said...

Hadiah--Thanks! The roving had a beautiful range of colors in it.
Andrea--Yes...it felted really well (my first time trying a tencel blend, too!) Could the silk have been a little too tightly-woven? Have you used other fibers with that silk and had success?

vilterietje said...

ooooooooooooh i wanna see the endproduct: NOW!!!!!!!:)

Heather Woollove said...

Riet--You always make me laugh!! XXO-

Patty Biermans said...

Is this for a friend? Are you sure? You must be very fond of this girl! hugzz....peebee

Heather Woollove said...

Peebee--Yes...she's a very cool person! (She went to college with my boyfriend. I know her through him.)

Karen said...

OOO cant wait to see this finished :)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Karen! I hope you'll like it...it's a very simple style of bag.

Laura said...

What a tease! Can't wait to see the finished bag!

Heather Woollove said...

Laura--You remind me of my friend, Kelly... http://sunshinefelter.blogspot.com/
She always complains (jokingly) about my 'multi-part' posts! :)

Rachel said...

I'm surprised that the tencel felts - and very impressed - that must have been hard work!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--It must be blended with wool, but then it felts quite beautifully!

Fiona said...

So nice Heather! I can't wait to see the finished bag. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished shape. I love the colors in the roving. They laid out so beautifully!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Fiona! It's a truly plain bag...just a rectangle with the top flap folded down. The birthday girl is rather a spare dresser, and I wanted something that she would actually use. (In fact, I'm a little worried that it might be too pink!)
I love the colors in this variegated roving so much, though, that I decided to risk it!! :)