Friday, May 18, 2012

Pencil Roving Purse- Part 2 of 2

The fully felted bag (while still wet)...

 
...and after drying (side one)...



...and side two. 
 
Cutting a purse strap from an old pair of jeans...

 
...and using variegated thread to stitch it up.

 
The finished purse, initially...

 
...and, later, after shortening the denim handle.

 
Rare-earth magnets, encased in floral fabric, form the closure.

 
The softness and loose texture of pencil roving...

...allows it to felt quickly and easily into any finished piece.

The individual strands retain their shape...

...and, in this case, appear to be the crayon markings of a small child! :)

From a pair of discarded jeans, tucked away in the attic...

...I fashioned a long, denim strap.

After attaching it to the bag, however, I found it to be a bit too long...

...so I cut it in the middle, removed a length, and easily reconnected it.

To maintain a clean exterior, I used magnet closures again this time...

...covering them in a bit of flower-print fabric for ease in attaching.

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18 comments:

Linda said...

You are so talented and such an inspiration!
Have a wonderful weekend.
xo
Linda

Heather Woollove said...

Linda--Thank you so much for your kindness.XXO

WonderWhyGal said...

Beautiful! I love all of the colors and the magnets are perfect. As much as I love buttons, sometimes they can be too much.

AllyB said...

Another great project. I really like the colors you used. Super fun!

Ladyfishfelt said...

You are very inspiring and your blog gives me great ideas. I love this use of pencil roving.

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--Oh, me, too...I'm such a button fan...but this flap was pretty small, and I didn't want to disturb the 'look' of the pencil roving.
Ally--It's funny that I have pencil roving in such odd (for me) colors, but I do! :)
Linda--Thanks...you are a true friend...I'm so lucky to have you nearby!

Rachel said...

The pencil roving does create a very pencil-like effect, full of possibilities!

Kathryn Ray said...

Much fun. I like this bag a lot... you know it's a good think we don't live closer, or I might have a closet full of Woollove Bags. ;-)

Andria said...

Is it possible for you to make a bag I don't like? Nope, I don't think so. This is another stunner, you work magic!

Vivian said...

There seem to be a lot of small pieces you have to cut up, arrange, and put back together with the pencil roving. Love the recycled jeans strap, what a smart idea!

Spinster Beth said...

The first thing I thought was that it looked like crayon markings!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--I love using it 'inside out' so that the design stays put!
Kathryn--Hahahaha...you're sweet!
Andria--I'm glad you liked this one! Since I usually 'write' with it, I wanted to show some of the other uses for pencil roving.
Vivian--The cutting up and arranging part was just a design idea for this particular purse. I more often use it for 'writing' words or 'drawing' pictures.
Beth--'great minds''?!?! :)

Алевтина said...

great purse, so positive and creative!

Heather Woollove said...

Alevtina--Thank you! I agree that the colors do make a person feel cheerful! :)

Sandie Knapp said...

I knew this was going to turn out well, and it did. I love it! Really cute too. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--I'm glad you like it! :)

FeltersJourney said...

I love how bright and cheerful this bag is :)
x

Heather Woollove said...

It's fun to use colors that aren't in my usual wheelhouse! :)