Saturday, January 26, 2013

'Reptilian' Purse With Pre-Felt Flap- Part 1 of 2

Laying out two colors of wool for a pre-felt...

 
...and making cords for the purse handles.

 
Coiling variegated pencil roving onto the resist for embellishment...

...and cutting an oval pre-felt 'frame' for what will become the mouth of the bag.

 
Adding a layer of color behind the pencil roving...

...(working inside-out, of course)...

 
...and covering the whole shebang with layers of black wool roving.

 
Mid-felting, after attaching the cord handles.

 
Turning the bag right-side out.



If you look closely, you can see a faint line...

...where a plastic resist is still embedded in the felt.

(It will be removed to form a pocket inside the bag.)
 
Because I make a lot of purses and bags...

...I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about closures...

...and, while a tote is best left open at the top...

...purses need a little extra security.

This purse is a riff on an earlier project...

...minus the footer, and with the mouth relocated to the top of the bag.

Next time: the 'reptilian' flap is attached.

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6 comments:

Rachel said...

The roving layout looks lovely and crisp..

Felting Sunshine said...

You need to give classes! Your purses are always so creative. I cannot wait to see the final pictures!

Karolina Zienkiewicz said...

Ta torebka jest fantastyczna.Widać, że masz talent i pasę Pozdrawiam

Sandie Knapp said...

Nice looking bag, even as is. :)

AllyB said...

I love the suspense of your blog posts. Can't wait to see this purse finished. I have visions of bumblebees. Happy weekend!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, ladies!!
Ally--nope...think alligators! :)