Friday, June 8, 2012

"Tailored" Silk and Merino Purse- Part 3 of 3

Attaching one end of the leather strap to the bag.

 
A felt 'medallion' adorns the section of the strap where two leather pieces connect.

 
The finished purse (front)...

 
...and back.

 
A detail of the front flap, leather buttonhole placket and vintage button.

 
Nestled among greenery.

 
The top-stitched edge of the purse flap.

 
Aren't the colors scrummy?

 
I really enjoyed the challenge of making this purse...

...since it required the production of felt that was thin, yet sturdy...

...and necessitated a lot of careful machine stitching, as well.

While sewing the seams into this bag...

...I often felt like the felt itself was telling me where to sew next...

...and as I finished each seam...

...the placement of the next one seemed to magically present itself! :)

Luckily, despite all of my seaming and pleating...

...the finished purse is actually quite functional...

...without any funny 'blind' corners.

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21 comments:

Алевтина said...

COOOL!!!! Colors, form, combination of materials are just great!

Светлана said...

This bag is beautiful! I have not seen these bags before! How many ideas you have, you're a fine artist!

Mattie van den Heuvel said...

Dear heather,
At first I wasn't quite sure about this bag, but the end result is smashing! I love the bright yellow in combination with the green.
It's funny you saying the felt was telling you where to sew next... I always think that when I'm needle felting faces. The wool always sort of tells me where to needle the eyes or wrinkles.
Thankx for sharing you experience!

Heather Woollove said...

Alevtina--Thank-you!!
Svetlana--You are very kind!
Mattie--I know what you mean. The 'before' photos do look pitiful, but I had a plan and I'm happy to see that it worked out. Interesting that your faces 'draw themselves' a bit, too! Isn't the creative force mysterious?!?! XXO-

WonderWhyGal said...

This purse is amazing. I love the texture and the structure. It is so different from the other purses. Beautiful work.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Andrea! You never know what I'll come up with, huh?!?!? GIggle.

Rachel said...

Well done, much more intricate than some of your others, but very successful!

Truly Myrtle said...

Colours are totally scrummy and I just love that vintage button!
Maybe you could adopt me and make me a ton of bags :)

Natalie Buehler said...

That is such a great bag, the colours are awesome!
x

Ruth Hilton-Robinson said...

I just want to reach into the screen and stroke that purse. The colours are glorious! You are very, very talented ;-)

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--The felting part was simple...it's just the stitching that made this one intricate. :)
TM--Hahaha...we should do a swap one day 'methinks'!
Natalie--I'm glad you like this one! My friend, Joan makes the most beautiful hand-dyed roving, doesn't she?!?
Ruth--You are so sweet! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

Voie de Vie said...

And yet another wonderful bag comes to life. I like the button and the leather details. Too cool!

Vivian said...

The combination of pretty colors and the tailored form is very interesting. I think all the seaming and pleating really helps the form, to make the purse stay in shape. Another great creation!

Jess Schleicher said...

It's so fun! I do love the colors!!

Spinster Beth said...

Oooh I love the yellows you're using lately!

Kathryn Ray said...

OMG! This bag turned out awesomely!!

FeltersJourney said...

I love it when the wool 'talks' to you, telling you what to do next.. projects like that I find myself in a zen-like state - at one with the felt :)
Looks great! It has quite a citrus-y vibe now I think.. perfect for summer x

AllyB said...

Super fun purse! That's a great color combination and the style is a real eye-catcher. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

Mariana said...

here you are being amazingly creative! love the bag! the felt itself ant the playful stitching! Excellent!

Sandie Knapp said...

I LOVE IT!! I LOVE IT!!! I LOVE IT!!! OMG, it's gorgeous!! I'm lost for words. Can you believe that? LOL

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, ladies!! I'm glad you like this one...it was a lot of fun to make. :)