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!

Anonymous 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! :)

Anonymous said...

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

Heather Woollove said...

Monika--Thanks so much! :)