Thursday, 16 February 2012

Hundertwasser inspired bag #3 and purses

This is my third bag inspired by Hundertwassers spirals..  a round one this time :)

Made in pretty much the same way as the others; white Falkland base layers and coloured merino outer layers.  Pockets and hanging loops made in the same way as last time.  I added a twist to the cord handle, just to be a little different.

Pocket spirals
Layers of white falkland

Showing the hanging loop during layout, pegged to keep it bent.
I dont overwork the hanging loop cords before attaching them, I work them really well as I full the bag

I love using these pegs for felting.. they open up pretty wide and have soft rubber covering the wide gripping area – they don’t mark the felt like my old pegs wanted to.

Starting the outer spirals
Wetted and rubbed
Now came LOTS of rolling, followed by plenty of throwing and thumping :)

I love the rounded shape of this bag, and how solid it is, its almost basket-like.. 
Once I had felted the handle cord (apart from the fluffy ends)  and threaded it through the hanging loops, I crossed the cord over a couple of times before joining the cord and finishing felting it.. resulting in a gently twisted strap.

I made some co-ordinating purses too..  didn’t take process pics as I  was sewing these (the light was really bad anyway)  but this is the piece of felt I am making them from (part way through felting).. I used white Falkland, dark duck-egg & bilberry merino.  AND guess what?  I forgot to take a photo after Id finished felting it!

I have only made 2 so far.. they are lined with pretty cotton fabrics with a zip closure across the top.. and one of Sharry's gorgeous ceramic buttons on the front.  The felt is big enough to make 4 purses from and they will all be different; now I just have to find out some interesting lining fabrics for the next 2 :)

Next time: Hundertwasser bag #4  - this is one I am JUST finishing and it's a different again..  Its going to be the last Hundertwasser inspired project that I post about for a while.. I have some other projects to show you :)



Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--These are WONDERFUL!! I really love the round shape of this latest purse, and the really cool, spiral handle!
...and look at you, "Miss Zipper"! I'm impressed with all of the work you're getting done lately!

ThatFuzzyFeeling said...

Hundertwasser is one of my favourite artists, and I love your bag and purses - the colours and swirling designs are gorgeous! I haven't had a chance to browse any blogs recently - now off to take a look at some of your earlier Hundertwasser designs :)

Terriea Kwong said...

Love the style, color, swirls and the way you made them. I just got the idea how to "connect" the strips with the hanging loops. How great to learn it! Thanks for sharing and your sweet comments of my poppies purse.

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you girls for your lovely comments :)

Heather I'm sure you'd be a lot less impressed if you saw how LONG those zippers took me lol... I am not a fast machine sew-er/sewist :D


krex said...

I can tell by the detail that you are a bit of a perfectionist...great work and that purse looks like it would even stand up to my abusive over packing .

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks Krex! Yes, it certainly will hold a lot :D

Zed said...

They look great! I love the purses :)
I have an old piece of felt I made with bands of colours
I think I'll have to make it into a purse if it's big enough.
I know how you feel about zips, they're a pain :)

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks Zed :)
That piece of felt will make a lovely purse! Look forward to seeing it

Unknown said...

The bag looks gorgeous Deborah and i love the little purses to go with.

AllSensesArt said...

Hello Deborah
I just wanted to say hello and what a lovely bag. I especially like the detail of the loops that you made. I've done some Hundertwasser felting projects in schools and I am always saying that he is a great source of inspiration for design. I noticed that you are in Halesowen, I'm not far away... only in Lichfield. We may actually meet in the flesh one day.

FeltersJourney said...

Hi Kirsty :) Thank you!
I love what you do.. I am sure that the kids have a fabulous time and they create beautiful felt (I especially loved the Roman slippers project). Hundertwasser projects are just perfect for inspiring kids with all the colours and wonderful spiraling shapes!
We are not too far away at all are we?! Would be nice to meet you :)

Willington Weaver said...

These are fantastic, I really love them.

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks ALison :) They wouldnt be the same without your lovely yarns