Stunning Handbag Felted With Help of Hat Form! ~ Elizabeth Payne
More gorgeous designs from Elizabeth Payne of Erie, PA. What a great way to capture Ms O’Keefe’s work! Truly beautiful!
“Hi there! This past fall, my sister commissioned me to design a handbag for her inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s legendary poppy paintings. I knitted and fulled the base handbag from Louet Gems Chunky Wool from an original design. The poppy petals were needle felted over the earth harmony hat form to help form their curved shape with shades of Marigold, Tangerine, Red NZ Corriedale, Merino Top and Poppy Cross Fast Felting Batts. After needle felting, the petals were firmed up by using an electric sander to wet felt them. The edges of the outside petals were wired with 24g wire to help hold the curved shape. The center bud of the flower was needle felted from Black, Lilac Haze and Lima Bean. A fringe of black wool yarn was accented with seedbead fringe tipped with dark amethyst Swarovski Crystal. The back of the purse was needle felted with a pictoral design of a poppy garden. The inside of the bag is lined in red silk shantung with black ultrasuede trim for the zipper facings. My sister loves the bag! It was a stunning accessory when she wore her red boiled wool blazer and black skirt over the holidays!”
Elizabeth Payne ~ Erie, PA