Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hand-Painted Silk Tote Bag- Part 2 of 2

Turning the tote right-side out...

...and looking a little 'Alien'-like in the process! :)

 
The felted bag prior to trimming...

 
...and after trimming (back side)...



...and front. 


Using white roving behind the painted silk helps to preserve the delicate design. 
 
Placing roving around the edge of the resist keeps the raw fabric edges from showing.



This side looks rather 'planetary', I think...


 ...while this side reminds me of diatoms swimming happily in the sea!
 
Unlike some of my other totes...

...with this one, I wanted less of an open 'market tote' and more of a 'project tote'.

So, in order to keep my friend's knitting needles and works-in-progress from falling out...

...I angled the layout of the handle to make it a bit more secure.

I like that so much of Melissa's beautiful hand-painted silk is visible in this project...

...and I hope that she has it filled with yarn as we speak!! :)

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31 comments:

red2white said...

beautiful, clever way how to 'join' fabric at the edges.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Monika! I guess my pillow failures resulted in a bit of learning!! :)

Terrie said...

So full and tough enough. Love this one with prints. The orange one is yummy too. I also love orange color - so cheerful. You asked if I learnt from Kim N in Holland last year. Indeed I went to the north - Friesland, leart nuno felt from Vilte. I visited Kim for a day in the south. A great pleasure to meet the artist in person. Will be excited to meet you too on 9 June !!

Kathryn Ray said...

Definitely planetary looking. So cool!

FeltersJourney said...

Heather this is dreamy!
A beautiful piece of handpainted silk.. which you have showcased excellently! I am sure your friend loves it and will get lots of use from it
xx

Kathleen said...

Love it. It really does have a very "planetary" look, like a whole galaxy contained in a gorgeous bag, and the way you've designed it does look really secure for optimum project-toting---like your title says, functional art! And amazing as always.

Patty Biermans said...

It reminds me of the planetarium where I looked through the telescoop and I saw all the planets. Breathtaking Beautiful!! hugzz...peebee

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks for all of your kind comments! XXO--

Truly Myrtle said...

This is gorgeous - you are so clever!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Libby! It is always fun to try new things!

Andria said...

I love the alien picture, that's funny. I looked at it first before I started reading and thought, "what is....oh I SEE" Lovely bag, the design is clever and the patterns show up beautifully.

Natalie said...

How cool, I agree - Out of this World!!

x

WonderWhyGal said...

It turned out great! I love how the silk came through too. I was totally thinking planets.

Heather Woollove said...

Andria--It is a funny photo...but sometimes I think it's interesting for others to see the 'fun part' when I work inside-out...the 'big reveal'!! :)
Natalie--Thanks! :)
Andrea--I didn't notice the 'planet-look' to the fabric in the messenger bag that I made from it...but so much more of the design shows with this tote, that I think it's hard to miss! XXO-

Rachel said...

I'm sure she'll be thrilled every time she uses it!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--I sure hope so! :)

Carmela Biscuit said...

Wow, your tote is a piece of art, really!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

What an awesome bag! That would be such a great project bag for Nerd Wars!

Heather Woollove said...

Carmela--Thanks so much!
Gracey--Hahaha...thanks!

Melissa Plank said...

I love it and I am delighted every time I use it which is all the time! It's absolutely fabulous and I feel so spoiled for receiving two felted beauties from you, completely spoiled!

Voie de Vie said...

I'm in the planetary-looking camp. :) Love it! I'd definitely use that all the time to tote around projects.

Heather Woollove said...

Melissa--I'm so glad that you are finding it useful!
You are a super person and deserve to be spoiled from time to time! :)
Denise--Thanks!! I think it's a pretty good size for needles and yarn and the like. :)

Vivian said...

planetary, that's the word I was looking for. love the color combinations too!

Sandie Knapp said...

You are such a genius. How wise of you to make the opening smaller, to keep the project items inside. Smart thinking my friend.

Now, I have to tell you, when I first saw the bag, with that bottom poking out, the first thing I thought of was that movie "Alien." Then I read your remark, and totally lost it. Cracked me right up! Thanks for the chuckles. :)

Dina said...

OH MY, that is beautiful!!!

Heather Woollove said...

Vivian and Dina--Thanks so much!!
Sandie--Hahaha...great minds?!?

Spinster Beth said...

Lovely! In one photo it reminded me of a pufferfish!

Happy Whimsical Hearts said...

This is incredible! So clever, I love it!

Heather Woollove said...

Beth--Hahaha...now I see it, too! :)
Kelly--Thanks and happy Easter to you and your family!

Janine said...

I live your work, and getting excited and inspired with it, but sadley I have to make ohter stuff for my exhibition, but when ready, I'll startt feting!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Janine! Yes...when you have time, I think you would love felting!!