Sunday, January 29, 2012

Valentine Swap Purse- Part 1 of 2


Newly designed foam floor underlayment resist.


Using white roving for the inside of the bag this time...


...and variegated pink roving for the bag's exterior.


The fully wrapped resist, prior to embellishment.


Adding a cut-out art batt heart...

...and concentric hearts made from blue tussah silk.


Making a loop for the purse closure.


The finished back side with silk, art batt and cotton sliver accents.


My friend, Linda hosted a Valentine swap recently...

...and this year, I decided to join in all the fun!

I envisioned making a smallish purse...

...suitable for romantic dinner dates and the like.

I also wanted the resist to be roughly heart-shaped...

...to echo the design elements that I had planned for the back side of the purse.

Working from inside to outside this time...

...I started with white roving for the purse interior.

Next, I wrapped the resist with layers of variegated pink roving...

...and added a loop for the purse closure.

For the embellishments, I cut a heart shape from a bit of art batt...

...and surrounded it with thin lines of tussah silk top.

And just for fun, I filled in one section of the concentric heart design...

...with tufts of cocoa and cream cotton sliver.

Next time: the finished purse...

...with hand-dyed leather strap.

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15 comments:

Viltalakim said...

interesting shape you have! wonder how it will look when finfished.
hugs,
Kim

Heather Woollove said...

Kim--It looks a lot different than you'd expect!! XXO-

Sonnentaucher Filzlinge said...

Danke für die Anleitung, das anbringen der Schlaufe ist mir neu..liebe Grüße...Jana

charlotte said...

love the colours! I'm in with swap too, so exciting!

Heather Woollove said...

Jana--Thanks for dropping by! I hope you will like the way the finished purse looks!
Charlotte--Thanks! Yes...swaps are such fun, aren't they?!?! You get exciting fiber gifts and make sweet new friends, too!

Terrie said...

It'll be a very good theme purse with your unique design. Love the hearts. I'm eager to see the finished look.

Pumpkin said...

Wow, it's looking wonderful! I particularly love the texture of the fiber once it is felted down. Looks great so far!

Heather Woollove said...

Terrie--Thanks! The finished bag involved some stitching, so it looks quite a bit different at the end. :)
Pumpkin--Thanks! It's fun to work with different fibers and to see what happens to each during felting.

Rachel said...

Looking great - vibrant and colourful!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Thank you!!

WonderWhyGal said...

This is fun! I love the heart shape.

Sandie Knapp said...

I'm running out of compliments because you force me to find new ones all the time, and I keep telling you I have little or no imagination. So I guess you are stuck with the same words over and over again. Great bag!! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--Thanks so much!!
Sandie--You make me smile. I disagree about you having no imagination, though. One only needs to check your blog once to know the truth!!

Angela said...

Looking lovely Heather can't wait to see the finished item. p.s. loved the make up bag too

Heather Woollove said...

Angela--Thanks so much!!