Sunday, 18 December 2011

Finally a finished Dragon Bag :)

I have been a baaaad blogger lately! With the run-up to Christmas I haven’t had time to post or keep up with the blogs I follow.. Its time to catch-up, and the first thing that I want to do is show you the finished Dragon Bag :)

There are 2 integral pockets, just right for keeping track of little bits like a mobile phone and make-up. I put the mustard coloured fibre down as a guide for when I cut the pocket resists out.. I’m glad I did – its a nice splash of colour in a very dark interior!

I used leather inside the bag to strengthen the places where the handle cord passes through the felt, and for the fastner loop.

This took me a while to finish, as I mentioned last time I changed my mind about using the felt & leather button I had made (it really wasn’t very good) – luckily for me the lovely Sharry of Buttonalia is much better at making moons than I am :)  . She has created two big fat full moons for me.. along with quite a few other lovelies, these are the ones I haven’t used yet

I also changed my mind a couple of times about how the handle should be. Firstly the 2 cord ends were joined on top and hidden beneath a leather cuff – after a couple of days I took that apart, thinking to knot it leaving the 2 ends hanging down on one side, and to create a felt dragon to wrap around holding the cords together at the shoulder. When I actually knotted the handle in place I like it as it is.. I think the shoulder dragon would be TOO much.

I’ve used felt, leather and ceramic for this bag.. its nice using different materials, makes it very tactile. I’m very happy with how it turned out, and have plans for a few other bags in the same vein.

I have a few other things to share with you over the next couple of weeks.. some before and some after Christmas. For now I am off to try and figure out how to crochet a newborn baby cardigan. I have been searching and searching for a knit and a crochet pattern for a SIMPLE newborn cardi – round neck and 2 or 3 buttons to fasten.. can I find what I want? NO. So, Im going to try and work out my own crochet pattern today (I’m much more confident with crochet) and tomorrow I shall try my luck at the local library.. see if they have anything in their baby knit books.



Felted House said...

What a fantastic bag that is - the depth of colour is just perfect for the dragon theme. I love the shaped seams, I've always been wary of machining felt but I think I really must experiment as it adds such interesting lines to it. Do hope you all have a Happy Christmas xx

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--Ohhhhhh...your finished dragon bag takes my breath away!! So...despite the many challenges, it ended up as a very functional and beautiful bag!!! Congratulations!!! I'm sure you will get many admiring looks (and requests to make them a similar one!!). XXO-

Terrie said...

Color and the shape are perfect. Also love the strap look. You made it so nice and adjustable. I must have a go on it. Thanks for your sweet words on my posts.
Wish you a Merry Christmas.

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you girls :) for your lovely comments.

Love to you all xxx

L, I know what you mean.. I love the effect of stitching into felt but still have to take a deep breath before plunging in lol

Karen said...

Wow Deborah, the finished bag is amazing, i love the stitching and the shape to. The button is perfect :)

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you Karen :)

narkeymarkey said...

wow this is stunning! i love the colour and the design, the stitched seams are a lovely feature. and i now have button envy :)

Kathleen said...

Oh wow. Heather Woollove just sent me over to look at this after seeing a (much simpler) dragon project I completed this week, and I'm so glad she did. The absolute beauty of this bag is totally making my afternoon, it's an absolute work of art! The shape of the bag itself is so magical and unusual, and the sheer elegance of that dragon is breathtaking. I just want to look at this all day. And then somehow have one of my own materialize on the table next to me! ;)

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us.

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks Tracey & Kathleen for your lovely comments :)

Kathleen, I shall have to pop on over and see what you have been upto