Sunday, March 18, 2012

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

The fully felted bag...

 
...and how it looks on side two.

 
Shown here with the flap folded down, hiding the red fish.

 
The front side...after sewing on a leather strap...

 
...and the back.

 
Adding a button in the shape of a rounded-off triangle...

 
...and a 'blind' button-hole...

...so that the button disappears (along with the fish) when the purse is closed. :)

 
My beautiful friend Becky holding her new purse...

...in the gift shop of the Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN.

 

After felting the bag and letting it dry...

...I added a fabric lining with two inner pockets.

I sewed on a strap that I had fashioned from a strip of grey leather...

...and made a hidden buttonhole so that the seahorse's tail would remain unblemished.

The last photo shows my blog friend (and now 'in person' friend, too!) Becky...

...as we loitered about the Textile Center gift shop...

...just soaking up all of that 'fiber inspiration'!! Grin.

Although I didn't know it before I met her that day...

...we are both Pisces women (having birthdays just two days apart)!

In this context, my choice of an underwater theme seems positively inspired...

...but in truth, it was just a lucky coincidence!! :)

Next time: the 'mini Minnesota travelogue' begins!! :)
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39 comments:

wollkisterl said...

It´s was very nice to show you yor bag in progress. It´s was very interessting. Thank you
Elke

Janine said...

Wow, wow, wow, it looks stuning, great!!! Also great colours and the sealife!!! Just great.

Het Wolbeest said...

Dear Heather,

This bag is beautiful, fabulous!I love the combination of colours: the bright blue and the warm colours of the marine animals! So inspiring! Love, Alexandra.

Heather Woollove said...

Elke, Janine and Alexandra--Thank you for your sweet comments!! XXO

WonderWhyGal said...

LOVE it!
You always amaze me with your projects.

Heather Woollove said...

Hahaha, Andrea...Thanks!! XXO-

red2white said...

exquisite bag!!

Terrie said...

It's REALLY a GREAT look. Very live aquatic. Love the color very much. You're always an inspiring artist. Thanks for letting me know the pre-felt supplier. A good source.

Licho_Nie_Spi said...

I've committed recently sea, felted bag also, so I want to congratulate you your beautiful work!

Rachel said...

That one was a real cracker - looks fabulous!

Heather Woollove said...

Monika--Thanks!
Terrie--I hope you'll be able to try Jone's pre-felts.They are beautifully marbled and make for some lovely details!
LNS-Yours is GORGEOUS!! I love how you've put so many interesting elements in one bag. I would have to turn it over and over to examine each one carefully!!
Rachel--Glad you like it!

GalaFilc said...

WoW!!!!!! wonderful!!!!
It is like the sea theme!Gorgeous!

Plastusia said...

Beautiful bag. Congratulations!!

vilterietje said...

oooooooooooooooh, she must feel like a fish in the water (or in a bag:))))))

Heather Woollove said...

Galina--Thanks so much! There must be something in the air recently, with your sea creature bags, Licho_Nie_Spi's and mine!! :)
Plastusia--Thank you!!
Riet--Silly rabbit! (I'm so glad you're back again. I felt a little lonely without your funny and sweet comments!)

Ulla's Quilt World said...

That is so lovely! :)
www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

Heather Woollove said...

Ulla--I'm happy that you stopped by!! Your own work is amazing!!!!! XXO-

Patty Biermans said...

I love the expression on Becky's face! Happy.... So you must feel very satisfied. hugzz...peebee

Heather Woollove said...

Peebee--Yes! She is such a lovely person. We connected right away and felt like we had been friends for years...so I was delighted that she was happy with the bag. :)

Hooked On Felt said...

Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah you!

Kathryn Ray said...

Oh, I've been meaning to go the Textile Center...

You friends looks very happy with her new bag. :-)

Heather Woollove said...

Suzanne--Thanks!
Kathryn--You should go...it's fantastic! If you join, you can take out books and magazines from their lending library...what an amazing resource to have close at hand!!!

Grazyna said...

Very beautiful!

Nicole Erfan said...

This is so darling! You did a beautiful job.

Heather Woollove said...

Grazyna--Thanks!
Nicole--I'm glad you like it.

Светлана said...

Heather. это очень красивая и интересная работа ,поздравляю!
Svetlana.

Heather Woollove said...

Svetlana--Thanks so much!

FeltersJourney said...

This is stunning Heather! I absolutely LOVE everything about it! I am sure that your friend was blown away by it x

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--Yes...Becky did seem to be rather pleased with it...she is a Pisces, after all! :)

Karen said...

Oh Wow Heather, this is so gorgeous and so clever, love the colors and the sea creatures are stunning xoxo

Heather Woollove said...

Karen--Thanks so much!! It was a fun bag to make.

Viltalakim said...

wow superb!! love that sea them you made and the flap covering the red fish.. congrats Heather!

Heather Woollove said...

Kim--Thanks! I kind of like the 'sneaky little red fish', too! :)

Jenn said...

I LOVE this purse! Simply gorgeous!

Heather Woollove said...

Jenn--Thanks so much!! XXO-

Truly Myrtle said...

My goodness, you are amazing! This is fabulous!!! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Libby--Thanks so much!!

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

It is incredible! I just love the undulating shape of the flap, and the great curve of the body of the bag too. And how clever to hide the button. Lovely work.

Heather Woollove said...

Lisa--Thank you so much!!