Beaded Felt Bag ReDux

One side of the finished bag. Oddly enough choosing a zipper for this bag was one of the most difficult things - nothing looked a hundred percent 'right'. When in doubt - choose lime!
It seems that a lot of people I know are are using the gloom of winter days to finish projects. I've been rethinking my felted bags lately - considering how to simplify my process so that I can try to sell them. At present just the handle takes me 2-3 hours and no one will pay for that I know! I had not planned to hop on the 'finish wagon' until I walked by this heavily beaded quilted felt wall hanging that I had made a couple of years ago.

Honestly, it did nothing for me as it hung on the wall. It was too small, at  9" X 12", to make any impact . I had just thought about how much I enjoy using the knitting bag I made and, as I walked past this, I thought about what a great knitting notions bag it would make. I took it down from the wall, washed it in the machine and set about making it into a bag. The size is decent although I could not add the gusset I wanted because of the heavy beading.  My hands were really aching when I finally finished it! Aside from being used as a notions bag it will also make a fine small purse. I lined it with a magenta bali batik fabric and added two pockets to the lining- so it will hold a check book and a few essentials- lip balm, phone etc. 

I'm happy that I landed on the 'finish wagon', or in my case, the 're-make wagon'!.
This is the other side with a beaded fringe at the top.
Detail of side 1 showing the braided handle

Detail of the fringe beading on the top of side 2

Detail of beading on side 2

Comments

  1. Absolutely stunning! I love it!

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  2. OMG, that is gorgeous. I would buy it in a heartbeat, except I could never afford what you'd have to charge for all the work in it. It makes me think of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

    PS - thanks for stopping by my blog! The postcard swap was fun and I'd love to do it again. Didn't Kat say she was going to try it again this year?

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  3. IT's beautiful. Now you need somewhere special to go to use it.

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  4. This is absolutely amazing, the the jewel colours are beautiful as is the beading.

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  5. Oh...it's a work of art!! I really admire all of your embellishment!
    (I tend to be quite lazy in that regard, but I think it makes all the difference in the world!!) Congratulations on a lovely finished bag!

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  6. Oh, love it!!! And i also find lime my 'go to' default color :-)

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