Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"The Starry Night" Purse- Part 1 of 2


Layering deep blue roving onto the resist.



Adding swirls and designs with dyed silk roving (back side)...  


...and front. 
 
Fully felted and drying (front)...

 
...and back.

 
Cutting out a fabric lining...

...with pockets!

 
Machine stitching a button-hole...



...and snipping it open. 
 
Do you remember the Marine Life Purse...

...that I made recently?

Well, this one is its 'resist twin'! :)

In addition to visiting my daughter and blog friend, Becky, while I was in Minneapolis...

...I also spent some time with an old college friend.

We hadn't seen each other since 1987...

...and yet, she dropped everything to pick me up from the airport and spend the day with me!

This bag was my thank-you gift to her...

...and since I had no idea about her 'personal style' after so many years...

...I decided to make something iconic.

I hoped to evoke the serene spirit of Van Gogh's painting...

...and some of you will have noticed that the lining echoes another of his famous works, as well! :)

Next time: the finished purse...

...and a photo of the 'resist twins' together!

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11 comments:

Janine said...

oh mayyyy, I'm in love again, your work is so great!! This one, again a great piece!!

Heather Woollove said...

Janine--Thank you so much! :)

Rachel said...

Bang on target, Heather - very reminiscent of Van Gogh!

FeltersJourney said...

Loving this one already! Looking forward to seeing the finished piece xx

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Oh, good...I'm glad it 'translates'! :)
Deborah--Thanks--I hope you will like it!

Suzanne said...

Love the Starry Night bag Heather!!

Kathleen said...

I recognized this as the twin of that marine life bag immediately---such an intriguing shape, and as always, your work is just amazing. I love Starry Night, and seeing its colours and shapes in wool is wonderful! You really have some insanely lucky friends.

Jenn said...

I love the shape of this one. It goes great with the theme and it's just so wonderfully whimsical!

Heather Woollove said...

Suzanne--Thanks! I've noticed that blue is a favorite color for so many women...so it seemed like a safe choice. :)
Kathleen--You are very kind. Thank-you!
Jenn--I'm glad you like the shape. It's fun to design new ones. :)

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

yes, yes, yes. it certainly does remind me of van gogh's painting, even before i was reading your words. bingo!
oh, and i was also hearing don mc'lean's soothing voice. couldn't help it.
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Heather Woollove said...

Woolf--Hahaha...great minds think alike! I had to check myself when I was titling this post so I didn't call it 'Starry, starry night'! :)