Friday, August 16, 2013

Portuguese Pencil Roving Purse

Taupe-colored, wool "un-spun" (AKA pencil roving)...

...from a Portuguese fiber mill...



...provides the design element for this bag.

 
It's covered with several layers of wool roving...

...then felted, cut open, and flipped right-side out.

 
The finished felt piece...

...on display at our class 'open house'.

(Shown here with a classmate's plant- and rust-dyed scarf.)

 
The finished bag (back)...

 
...and front...

 
...with ceramic button...

...and 'suede-side-out' leather buttonhole and strap.

 
The finished purse.

 
While in Portugal, I fiddled around with some wool pencil roving...

...that I found in a local fiber mill.

After placing it on the surface of the resist...

...I covered it with layers of white wool roving and felted it inside-out.

The suede side of a piece of black leather was used to fashion the strap and buttonhole...

...and a ceramic button completes the project.

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15 comments:

Vilt à la Kim said...

wow wow, I really love this one a beauty!!

Heather Woollove said...

Kim-Thanks so much! The pencil roving was made from a coarse kind of wool, so the texture is quite lovely, up-close.

Loco Lindy said...

Cute! Love the button and leather, Heather.

katie metzroth said...

that's kind of magical. lovely job!

Sandie Lynne Knapp said...

And you end up with one very handsome bag!! I had heard of pencil roving, but never seen it. My, but that is thin stuff. It worked wonderful as a decoration for the bag though! Very nice indeed! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Lindy--Thanks! I'm really looking forward to seeing you!
Katie--Why thank you! :)
Sandie--Pencil roving looks like soft, fat yarn! :)

Cathy said...

How very interesting! I always love reading about your felting projects, they are exquisite!

Heather Woollove said...

Cathy-Thank-you so very much!

Andria said...

Very beautiful, and the button compliments it perfectly!

Rachel said...

Love that button - gorgeous!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Andria and Rachel! I had the button a long time, just waiting for the right project.

FeltersJourney said...

Beautiful bag Heather - I LOVE the closure!
xx

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah...I thought free form was fun this time! :)

red2white said...

so very pretty, love the simple yet so chic design and shape

Heather Woollove said...

Monika--Thanks so much! :)