Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Experimental "Hippie" Purse- Part 2 of 2

The bag front (closed)...

 
...and back (opened).

 
Trying out a piece of leather for color.

 
Do I prefer the suede or the firm leather side 'front-and-center' this time?



Lining the inner 'cell phone pocket' with print fabric from my stash.

 
Notice how some of the pieces of yarn on the bag body...

...can be pulled through holes in the flap when the purse is closed?

 
Adding a machine-stitched seam at the bag 'hinge'.

 
I think this bag is colorful and wild and a little unkempt...

...like the hippie fashions of the 60's! :)

 
Because the pieces of yarn were initially quite long...

...I felt the need to wrap them in plastic wrap, plus duct tape...

...or fold them carefully and put a thin layer of plastic between 'them' and the roving...

...to keep them from 'felting in' as I worked.

If I were to do it again, I would avoid the tape...

...since some of the yarn became a bit ragged-looking...

...from all of my pulling and tugging.

Since it was an experiment, and I wasn't sure 'where' I was headed with the bits of yarn...

...I found that I needed to shorten them on the finished bag...

...so I merely knotted them on themselves in a crude way.

The circles of 'felt applique' and blanket stitching...

...give a homespun look to the purse...

...and add to its vintage 'feel'.

To help secure the flap, I stitched a seam at the top...

...(so it folds over the bag easily and evenly)...

and attached a large metal snap as a closure.

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11 comments:

Het Wolbeest said...

Nice, Heather. Love, Alexandra.

WonderWhyGal said...

I love the added yarn to the purse. That purse is totally sassy.

Heather Woollove said...

Alexandra--Thank-you! It was a surprise that it turned out at all, since I began it quickly between projects in my most recent class, and I was not too careful in the beginning stages.
Andrea--Hahaha...you and I are kindred spirits, aren't we?!? XO-

Rachel said...

It will be great fun to carry!

Kelly said...

This is a drool worthy purse!! Love it!

Karen said...

Very funky Heather, love the added yarn and stitching :)

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--I haven't taken it on its 'maiden voyage' yet. :)
Kelly--Thanks, again, for making it possible! XO-
Karen--I'm so glad that you like it.

Melissa Plank said...

Fabulous!!! I love everything about it! Super amazing as always, you are so, so completely creative!

Heather Woollove said...

Melissa--You're making me blush! :) XXXO-

FeltersJourney said...

Gorgeous bag Heather! LOADS of character.. I love it
xx

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Deborah!! XO-