Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hand-Dyed Two-Layer Purse- Part 2 of 2

Two dips in the dye pot and my white bag is utterly transformed!

 
After sewing the open end closed...

 
...I tuck one half of the felt into the other...

...to make the lining...

 
...then top-stitch around the opening to hold everything in place.

 
A green leather strap and buttonhole are added...



...along with a white ceramic button... 
 
...with a lovely, nubby texture.



The finished bag (back).

 
Having a newly denuded bag at my disposal...

...and a master dyer on the premises...

...(my friend, Lorin Fields during her recent visit)...

...I decided that it would be fun to do something really bold with this project! :)

Emulating the zesty style of my sweet friend, Fiona Duthie...

...we 'double dipped' the piece in olive and boysenberry acid dyes...

...leaving a 'slice' of white in between.

To finish the bag, I sewed up the open end...

...tucked the 'lining' into the bag itself...

...and stitched around the top to keep the insides from pulling out again.

A leather strap and buttonhole were fashioned and added...

...and a fun button was chosen from my stash to finish it off!
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23 comments:

Angela said...

love the colours.

Heather Woollove said...

Angela-I love them, too...but only the green was my idea. I have my friend, Lorin, to thank for the boysenberry!

WonderWhyGal said...

It's gorgeous! I love the rich colors.

Melissa Plank said...

Gorgeous, such rich colors, and the button tab and strap are the perfect finishing touch!

FeltersJourney said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS Heather! LOve love love the colours you chose, and the green leather strap and closure finish it off perfectly
xx

Jane Perala said...

Beautiful purse!

Sandie Knapp said...

Wow, that's amazing! And you have one gorgeous bag too! I love it! :)

Terrie said...

Very nice turnout. Purple is gorgeous on top of green. Again Reminds me of mountain and lavender !

Rachel said...

It looks fabulous - so dramatic!

Mattie Versteegen said...

The colours match beautifully. I really like the combination.
Grt.Mattie

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, ladies!
It certainly improved the plain white 'before' bag!, I think!

Kathryn Ray said...

Love that!!

Janine said...

Ohhhh this looks gorgeous!!! So great, and the colours, just super!!

Karolina Zienkiewicz said...

Bardzo fajny efekt przejścia kolorów. Skojarzyło mi się z zorzą polarną. Super.

Heather Woollove said...

Kathryn, Janine and Karolina- Thanks so much!

Zed said...

Gorgeous colours! Reminds me of Fluorite.

Heather Woollove said...

Zed--Hahaha...I had to google Fluorite to see what you meant, but you're absolutely right...wow!!

Suzanne said...

Love it Heather! Great job. I really like the leather tab closure.

Heather Woollove said...

Suzanne--Thanks! :)

Kathleen said...

I love the delicate accent that the slice of white gives to the piece. Your bags are spectacular!!

Heather Woollove said...

Kathy--Thanks! Although I'm not much of a dyer, it was a fun experiment! XO-

Fiona Duthie said...

Wow, wow, wow, wow, Heather! What gorgeous deep colours! And they are perfect together! mmmmm...mmmmm....makes me want to get some bags on my felting table....
Beautiful results! xo Fiona

Heather Woollove said...

Fiona-I'm so glad that you like it! The dyeing was truly inspired by your lovely work! XXO-