On my Year of Projects list is to ‘make a coin purse’. This is because I had a grubby looking purse that I thought I could have a go at re-using the clasp.
I would love to tell you how I carefully designed it and measured a template to make it but I didn’t, I just winged it and by some miracle it ended up being the perfect size to fit the clasp. Albeit a struggle to get the fabric to stay in whilst I closed the metal with pincers and trying not to mark the metal. In the end I had to do away with protecting the metal and so it is scratched but the fabric has stayed in!
I have never tried felting on a balloon before, so thought I would try it and it reminded me of newspaper and flour paste makes as a kid. I was wetting bits of wool in soapy water first and then laying them on. I added a tiny bit of sari silk waste to the outside just to add some interest, although the colour blend of the wool was lovely to start with.
The wool is a Corriedale cross so should be sturdy, from Fleece 4 Ewe. I bought the carded batt, in sea blend colour-way, at a local fair for £4 and thought I’d do a seascape picture…I only used 15g of the 45g so still have plenty for a picture at some point.
When I was dismantling the old purse I found a waterproof layer between the cotton lining and commercial felt outside, so I thought I’d reuse that as my lining, once it was trimmed a bit and hand sewn to the new shape.
So here are the photos I took, I forgot to photograph it before fitting the clasp so you could see the shape! Doh!! Also it isn’t even fully dry yet so will lighten a touch. I love it, despite the scratches and it isn’t pink or purple!!! Is turquoise my new favourite colour?