Nov 7, 2010

Felted Wool Grinch Purse with Polymer clay Handles and Buttons

I've been busy knitting and felting wool, making matching Polymer Clay purse handles and buttons for them and am also getting requests from family members, a couple of whom I now know what to give for Christmas.
I had made crochet purses before with polymer clay handles like this. I don't normally do cute, but this one had a mind of its own! lol
Green and red...reminds me of...The Grinch that stole Christmas!! except he wouldn't have a flower on it...lol...unless someone insisted on making him happy!! A little play on the words...but my purse becomes Purrs...Grinch Purrs, I think its official.

The purse handles, I make them hollow, with a tough but slightly stretchy cord with just enough give to remove from the purse for which I sewed buttons on the outside this time. I've previously stitched the buttons to the inside, but what good is it to have decorative buttons that one can't see. Plus I stitched one to the center of the felted flower.

Anyway, the handles are removable so that the purse itself can be washed if necessary. I started making various other handles and matching buttons now that maybe available in kits soon with select chosen yarns...more on that soon, but here is a view of the "Grinch Purrs" for which I used Galway 100% Peruvian Wool as well as a touch of fun yarn.
I crocheted and felted the flower for which I dyed the orange wool with Kool-aid (mmm...and it smells like mandarin oranges!), then made a matching flower cane. The bright red was a toughy, but finally came up with a nice bright blend of cadmium red and fuschia.
 Finished purse...the green looks a little washed out here....it is actually a Granny Smith Apple green...much yummier in person...but am thinking blueberry Seuss for the next, lol.


5 comments:

Genevieve Primeau said...

I LOVE IT!!!!

miramecreations said...

I love the colors, Tina! Your purses are gorgeous and the work you put into them amazing!

PolymerClayTutor said...

What an adorable project Tina! Love the polymer clay handles and how you tied the cane design into the felted flower, handles and buttons. Very cute! Can't wait to see your blueberry version! ~Cindy

The Beading Gem said...

This is so inspiring! I would never have thought to do polymer clay handles. Will add it to my Facebook!

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Oh, wow! Thank you so much for stopping by and encouraging me on my little clay attempt :) I'm quite honored after seeing your beautiful things! Very, VERY nice! Now I'm going to wander and browse your blog a little more. It's YUMMY! ♥

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