Friday, March 16, 2012

'Marine Life' Purse For A Pisces- Part 2 of 3

Placing one fish strategically on the bag front...

...(you'll see how it will later come as a 'surprise' when the purse flap is lifted!)

 
Adding seaweed and sea grasses using various shades of green roving and dyed tussah silk.

 
Laying out the bag flap and bag back...



...and in close-up here... 
 
...and here (notice the needle-felted details on the seahorse).

 
The partially felted bag with flap folded...

 
...and after felting...

 
...with the resist removed.

 
Since I am not much of a representational artist...

...it was a real stretch for me to make this new purse.

I did a lot of 'image searching' for fish shapes on the internet...

...but created the sea plants using my own fevered imagination! Grin.

I 'drew' seaweed and sea grasses with merino roving and dyed tussah silk...

...and positioned the red fish in such a way that it hides when the purse flap is closed...

...and the seahorse appears to be alone in its watery habitat! :)

Next time: the finished bag...

...and more about its beautiful recipient!
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31 comments:

vilterietje said...

it's a pity that i don't like fish, but it ís funny:)

FeltFinland said...

I love this! I really must have a go at bag making......

Plastusia said...

Lovely bag!I like it.

WonderWhyGal said...

LOVE it! Love the prefelts as the sea creatures.

Ladyfishfelt said...

This is lovely. I see you are stretching outside of your comfort zone and very successfully. I love this bag.

Linda said...

This is so beautiful!

Heather Woollove said...

Riet--Are you a Rocky Horror Picture Show fan? If so, you will understand this comment...if not, just ignore me :) "Well, I didn't make (it) for YOU!!"
FF--Thanks...yes, do try one!
Plastusia--Thank you!
Andrea--They were fun to use that way. :)
Linda--Thanks...coming from you, that's a real compliment!! XXO-

Heather Woollove said...

Linda--Thanks!! XXO-

Andria said...

Oh my goodness that bag is phenomenal! I am in love with that seahorse. You are one clever lady!

Kathleen said...

Oh wow. This is a complete work of art, I could stare at it all day---I know exactly what you mean about finding it hard to have to google for reference photos and recreate things the way they actually look, that's not the kind of artist I am either! But you have done a beautiful job here, there's a great balance of whimsical and realistic.

Beata's Soul said...

Wow. Beautiful bag :)

Heather Woollove said...

Andria--Thanks!!
Kathleen--I'm glad you like it. I rarely use this much 'drawing' detail in my projects.
Beata--Thanks so much!

Kathryn Ray said...

Wow Heather! Very creative. I like it. :-)

Heather Woollove said...

Kathryn--Thanks! :)

Jess Schleicher said...

This is so cool. Love the progress shots. Can't wait to see it finished.

Melissa said...

Amazing....looking forward to next weeks post.

Terrie said...

Very very pretty aquatic bag. Such a live tank of sea creatures. The color and living things are perfect. Your pre-felt fishes are lovely. See can now how pretty it it. Of course after next part it'll be an amazing bag. Looking forward to it.
Could I know how did you make the pre-felts? They're so fine.

Melissa Plank said...

Oh WOW! Every project is more amazing that the last! This is SO COOL! Awesome job as always!

Rachel said...

I think this one will be a real cracker - maybe a new direction?

Mateja said...

wooow! that looks totaly nice!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks so much, ladies!
Terrie--I didn't make the pre-felt, myself. It was a commercially 'needled-felt' that was beautifully hand-dyed by my friend Jone Rakoski. You may be able to purchase some from her if you write to her at this address: spectralglass(at)hotmail(dot)com

Vivian said...

love the layers of colors! amazing how you "paint" with various shades and objects, you make it looks so easy.

AllyB said...

Another stunning work of art!

Spinster Beth said...

Wow, this is all kinds of fabulousness! Amazing!

Heather Woollove said...

Vivian--You are too sweet! :)
Ally--I'm glad you like it.
Beth--Thanks so much!

Dawn Edwards said...

This bag is divine!!!! Love the layout, colors, design...well everything;-) You did a great job and have such a fantastic imagination. Perhaps you could duplicate this bag...I'm a Pisces, too, you know;-))) Oh, greedy, greedy, greedy me ... Wanting one of each of your one-of-a-kind creations;-))) Couldn't you make two of a kind?

Big hugs to you!

Heather Woollove said...

Oh Dawn...you always make me laugh. I'm SO glad we're friends!! XXOOO-

Sandie Knapp said...

OMG, that is the CUTEST thing I've seen in a long time. Has anyone told you that you are extremely artistic? I think you already know that, but I'm telling you so anyway.
Love it! Love it! Love it! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--You are so sweet to me. Thank-you!

FeltersJourney said...

But you ARE a representational artist my dear.. this is wonderful! I love the shape, colours and your fishy friends are adorable x

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--Thanks for the encouraging words! :)