Thursday, 7 July 2011

A Different Sort of Project


About two years ago I took a needle felting by machine (embellisher) course and fired up with enthusiasm from the course I actually bought an embellisher. I played around with it the week I got it home and then packed it away in it's box. It's been sat there all that while saying you spent out good money on me why don't you actually use me, so last weekend I thought I'd see if I could make something and this handbag is the result. It's made using felt, wool tops and synthetic organza. It's not perfect because I think I overworked the fabric but now that I've made something I'm really keen to experiment and have another go. I've even lined it, though not as neatly as I would have liked. It was a bit experimental as I didn't have a pattern but I now know what I'll do differently next time. Here are a few closer photos.




I didn't totally abandon my paper crafting bits and bobs though, I used brads from the Hobby House to attach the flowers. For the flowers themselves I used my Spellbinders' Rose Creations dies to cut some cereal box templates. I then used the templates to cut the fabric with a soldering iron, finally shaping them by holding close to a candle. (Only got a couple of very minor burns in the process grin.) Here's a close up of the flowers.

Overall I'm reasonably pleased with the end result and hope to have another go this weekend so watch this space.

26 comments:

Suzie Q said...

wow this is gorgeous!!
such a beautiful colour and flowersx
hugs
suzie Qx

Margaret said...

Julie, if this is your first attempt then I know I'm going to be bowled over by your next one! I love your flower embellishments,can I put an order in please? lol I'm sorely tempted to buy the dies after seeing your flowers here and on your other projects :o)

Vicky said...

It's gorgeous Julie...!

hugs Vicky xx

Fiona said...

Amazing for a first attempt and I think the inside is very neat indeed.
Fabulous flowers.

Sandra said...

Hi Julie! So great to catch up with you :o) Wow... check out your amazing bag. What a work of art, I love it!! Fabulous colour, I have to say and I love the flowers you made too. As always I am totally inspired by your amazing creations.
Hugs
Sandra x

Julie said...

Wow Julie - so fabulous!!! Amazing especially if it's your first make!! The flowers are so beautiful and I'm sure you'll get lots of admiring comments when you're out and about using it!! Juliexx

Anesha said...

Super bag, love the flowers.

Marja's Stamp Addiction said...

Wow what gorgeous Julie. So beautiful, so stylish.The roses wow fantastic colours and material.
Gr. Marja

Jilli said...

This is fabulous! A gorgeous bag ... a stunning result! Can't wait to see you next attempt!

Jane said...

Absolutely beautiful Julie, adore the colour too. Jane x
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Riet said...

Wowwww Julie,This is so gorgeous.

Hugs Riet.xx

mckinkle said...

Wow Julie,

You are far too harsh on yourself as this is a stunning piece!

What a beautiful shade too, I love it!

Keryn x

coops said...

wow, its gorgeous julie.beautiful colour and flowers :D

xx coops xx

Monia said...

So beautiful flowers :)

Kristel said...

Wowww beautiful! You are so talented!!
Hugs Kristel

gymjean said...

Wow wonderful what a lovely colour clever you hugs Jeanxx

Vicki said...

Oh wow Julie, it's gorgeous! Just love the colour too, you're so clever.

Vicki x

Jennifer said...

Oh my! Is there no end to your talent?! Stunning Julie! Have a wonderful weekend! xx Jenny xx

Sarpreet said...

Absolutely gorgeous, beautiful colours

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Wow! This is totally gorgeous. Love the felt, it looks so pretty in purple and, as ever, your flowers are STUNNING.
Caroline xxx

June Nelson said...

Julie................please if you dont mind me saying girl, you astound me with everything you do, its so perfect and precise, your work puts me in awe, whether it be boxes , cards or bags,you amaze me, I think you are a top class crafter and I cant wait to see what else you come up with, your brilliant!!!!!!!

Grenouille Greetings said...

Clever lady!!! Fabulous bag and I just love those flowers - a labour of love! Hugs, Lesley

Cass said...

This is stunning work Julie.Absolutely love it.

Cass xx

Lee said...

What is the actual size of this Beautiful bag.My fave colours too,i love it.Are you making anymore.

Sarita said...

This is beautful Julie, a fantastic project and I can't wait to see more!
Love Sarita xx

Julie said...

Oh my goodness,tjis is absolutely gorgeous!!!! x

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