She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands. -Proverbs 31:13

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Plum Purse with Upcycled Bling

This purse started out to be a gift for my mother, but I have another one in mind to make that she might like better. The next one will be somewhat more subdued. We shall see which one she chooses! Either one must have a cross body strap, interior pockets and a flat bottom.  
The felted decorations are pre felts from two beaded silk skirts from the Goodwill. The turquoise one my friend Sharon bought for my stash.

The trim on the top of the purse is an up cycled beaded silk belt from J Crew. The bits of green are hand spun merino and bamboo yarn cut into short lengths. It only took a few minutes to card the fiber to blend and to spin on the drop spindle.

The wool color of the main part is called plum. It is merino from Ashford. It might be called plum, but it really is a rich purple-brown. The strap is the cross body leather strap from a Brahmin purse. The strap was never used, as the original purse has carry handles, too. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Floral Nuno Felted Wrap

Nuno felted silk flowers (up-cycled from a skirt) on custom hand dyed merino, silk, and bamboo fibers.