Monday, May 14, 2012

Pre-Felt and Raw Icelandic Fleece Purse- Part 3 of 3

I used rare-earth magnets again for the closure on this bag...

...but the resulting front flap looked a little plain...

...(some of my friends even thought it resembled an animal's snout!)...

 
...so I added a non-functional button.

 
The bag back...

 
...and in full view with its leather strap.

 
The fabric lining with inner pocket (not shown)...

...the red 'dot' is one of the magnet closures.

 
A close up of the leaves, Icelandic locks...

 
...and green glass beads.

 
The finished purse...

...in all of its hairy glory! :)

 
This bag proved to be a bit challenging for me...

...because of the different rates and ways the pre-felt and raw locks felted.

I do like the counterpoising of both wild and controlled elements, though...

...and I certainly will try another project like this sometime.

Several of the leaf edges needed a little hand-stitching after felting...

...so I used it as an opportunity to add a few 'blingy' green glass beads for fun! :)

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22 comments:

Grazyna said...

Beautiful and original.Great Heather!

Cloverleaf Art & Fibre said...

I love the variety of textures in this purse. Beautiful! What is the advantage of working "inside-out"? - Margaret

GalaFilc said...

A very interesting case. I love the locks and leaves. It was interesting to read and look at pictures like a bag is born.

krex said...

I think this turned out great . I also like the wild and controlled juxtaposition of leaves and fur...(I'm a big fan of all things furry anyway .)

Светлана said...

This is a very, very nice! Forest, a magic bag!
Svetlana

Heather Woollove said...

Grazyna--Thank you! :)
Margaret--I have less trouble getting additions to 'felt into' a piece well when they are next to the resist and aren't troubled by the agitation of my rubbing/ throwing, etc. Plus, I also enjoy the 'surprise' of it!!
Galina--Thank you!
Krex--Oh, me, too! The wilder, the better! Giggle.
Alevtina--I like that very much...
a 'magical forest bag'! (You are much more poetic than I!) XXO-

WonderWhyGal said...

Love! Love! Love!

The button really did make a difference.

Another amazing creation!

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--Thanks! I agree...the button was really necessary! XXO-

Rachel said...

Some of those locks of wool look like roots and twigs - very suitable!

Sandie Knapp said...

Amazing how tame all those long locks look when it's finished. I feared they would completely obliterate the leaves when I saw the picture of the raw fleece, but the leaves came through very nicely, and the locks are not nearly as knarly as they were before. LOL Very nice. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--You're right!
Sandie--I wasn't sure, myself, how a project like this would come out! :)

Plastusia said...

Great job! Lovely bag!

Heather Woollove said...

Plastusia--Thanks so much! XXO-

Terrie said...

Agree all, pretty shape and texture as well color. Just love the hairy locks. The little sparkling green beads are perfect with it.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Terriea! I was happy to find those green glass beads in my bead box. I think they were just right, too. XXO-

Jenn said...

It's always fun to see what you're creating. I Love this bag! The shapes, textures and colors are so appealing. Just beautiful!

FeltersJourney said...

Its lovely Heather, very unique
xx

Heather Woollove said...

Jenn--Thanks so much! I'm always happy to hear from you!
Deborah--Hahaha...yes...'interesting', is what my work friends would say! :)

Kelly said...

The colors and texture are fabulous!!

Heather Woollove said...

Kelly--Thanks! This one was fun to make, even if it was a bit challenging!

Het Wolbeest said...

I just love this one Heather!!! Love, Alexandra.

Heather Woollove said...

It was an interesting process on this one, Alexandra!