Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine Swap Purse- Part 2 of 2

The front side of the felted and dried purse with resist removed...


...and the back side with felted-in closure loop.


Trimming excess felt from the purse flap prior to stitching.


The front of the finished purse after stitching.


A white lining makes it easier to find things! :)


The 'design side' of the purse with hand-dyed pink leather strap.


The bag with secured front flap.


The heart design in close-up.


As much as I appreciate that you all took the high road in your Part 1 comments...

...I'm finding it difficult to ignore the 'elephant in the room' two posts in a row.

 Yes...I'm fully aware that the 'in process' photos of this project have a rather...erm...anatomical look to them...

...but I think you'll agree that the resulting purse is quite tasteful! :)

Giggles aside, I really wanted you to see exactly how this purse was constructed...

...since I think that the resulting flap is worth the...well...resulting flap~!!

After removing the resist and letting the piece dry...

...I trimmed away extra material from the flap to make it easier to fold and stitch.

I top-stitched around the opening to the purse and the entire flap...

...then made holes in the purse (front and back) for the leather handle.

I stitched a pleat into the center of the flap...

...to make a scout neckerchief kind of closure for the bag.

BTW: I used Scarlet Rit Dye in my washing machine with a piece of deer hide...

...to get the resulting pink leather for this project.

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14 comments:

Grazyna said...

Mi piace molto!!!

Rachel said...

It looks great, and you're right, the light lining will make it much easier to find things in it!

Heather Woollove said...

Grazyna--Thank you!!
Rachel--Yes...I've been doing more 'light insides' lately in my bags.:)

Pumpkin said...

Oh wow! It looks even more adorable than I imagined it would!

narkeymarkey said...

OMG!!! i honestly didn't notice the anatomical element until you pointed it out and now that's all i can see !

moving swiftly on ... i love this bag, the way you have styled the front flap as the closure for the bag is genius and the colours are fab as ever :)x

FeltersJourney said...

Very interesting, pretty and feminine.. lovely work as always Heather
x

Heather Woollove said...

Pumpkin--Thanks! It's pretty feminine, but I think that the holiday 'requires' it! ;)
Tracey--I know, right?!?! Yeesh. I like the closure, too...well, after it's finished, anyway!! Giggle.
Deborah--Thanks so much!!

Sandie Knapp said...

That is such an interesting bag, in many ways. I like the way the flap closes very much, and smart lady, dyeing the leather strap to match. You rock girl! :)

Lois said...

So it wasn't just me...

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--Thank you!
Lois---Hahahaha...nope...not at all. ;)

Fiona said...

I especially like that closure.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Fiona! I made a second one like this that I'll blog about one day soon. I modified the shape just a tad, and I think it looks a little less obscene in those photos! :)

Melissa Plank said...

This is such a cute purse, it's completely adorable! P.S. Still loving the bags you made for me, I haven't put anything in the second one, I can't quit looking at it!!

(Catching up on your posts is a full time job lady, you accomplish an amazing amount of projects!)

Heather Woollove said...

Melissa--I'm glad you like it!
Hahaha...I do spend a lot of my free time in the studio! :)