Keystone Bags

I'm returning to this keystone shaped bag, one of the first shapes I made when I started working with wool.
I’m returning to this keystone shaped bag, one of the first shapes I made when I started working with wool.
The difference is the strap and  closure. These have just one.
The difference is the strap and closure. These have just one.
And they are short, to carry by the hand.
And they are short, to carry by the hand.
The bags are small, this one perfect for phone and keys. And clearly the strap somewhat hinders access to the inside.
The bags are small, this one perfect for phone and keys. And clearly the strap somewhat hinders access to the inside.
Here is it from the back, closed up.
Here is it from the back, closed up.
And from the side. It's a skinny, mini merino. With a linen lining, of course.
And from the side. It’s a skinny, mini merino. With a linen lining, of course.

Wooden Slide Buckle Clutch

Great find at the flea market the other day! A drawer full of wooden slide buckles stamped Czechoslovakia. And of course I bought them all instead of just a couple. It is true, cheaper in bulk.
Great find at the flea market the other day! A drawer full of wooden slide buckles stamped Czechoslovakia. And of course I bought them all instead of just a couple. It is true, cheaper in bulk.
And today I used the first one on another fold-over clutch. I love these little cuties.
And today I used the first one on another fold-over clutch. I love these little cuties.
Here's the back. It's red cashmere and the belt is fashioned from two linen shirt cuffs.
Here’s the back. It’s red cashmere and the belt is fashioned from two linen shirt cuffs.
I sewed them together to get the length I needed. And stitched a pleat into it where it feeds through the slide.
I sewed them together to get the length I needed. And stitched a pleat into it where it feeds through the slide.
Here she is standing tall.
Here she is standing tall.
And inside, I'm using up scraps from that vintage apron piece I salvaged. Worked perfectly with the colors... tans, browns, reds.
And inside, I’m using up scraps from that vintage apron piece I salvaged. Worked perfectly with the colors… tans, browns, reds… inside and out.

A Bag For Summer

A lightweight bag for summer. Felted cashmere.
A lightweight bag for summer. Felted cashmere.
So pretty. So feminine. I salvaged this eyelet fabric a long time ago. And it just seemed to fit with this soft blue cashmere.
So pretty. So feminine. I salvaged this eyelet fabric a long time ago. And it just seemed to fit with this soft blue cashmere.
And this is the first bag with my new logo labels! They are smaller than I envisioned, but I still love them!
And this is the first bag with my new logo labels! They are smaller than I envisioned, but I still love them!
The shoulder strap just long enough to put over your shoulder.
The shoulder strap just long enough to put over your shoulder. She’s in the shop if you love her.¬† https://www.etsy.com/listing/237439560/cashmere-handbag-felted-sweater-purse?ref=shop_home_active_1

Bags With Zips

Then there was cashmere with a zip.

Here are a few of the bags I’ve been working on with zipper closures. This one is¬†cashmere, a lovely thickly felted plum.

The lining is linen, and the zip is 'housed' in the sleeve cuffs.
The lining is linen, and the zip is ‘housed’ in the sleeve cuffs.
I fell in love with this bag. A nice bucket-ey shape in green merino with holes that I found after I made the bag.
I fell in love with this bag. A nice bucket-ey shape in green merino with holes that I found after I made the bag.
I panicked, and then patched them with tiny matching standing wool flowers. The lining is a vintage pillowcase.
I panicked, and then patched them with tiny matching standing wool flowers. The lining is a vintage pillowcase.
And today, I made this one. Another merino wool.
And today, I made this one. Another merino wool.
And I'm starting to get the hang of it. No more dreading the zipper thing.
And I’m starting to get the hang of it. No more dreading the zipper thing.

Summer Clutch in Lavender Linen and Cashmere

I'm falling in love with these little clutches.
I’m falling in love with these little clutches.
And using two of my favorite fibers, cashmere and linen.
And using two of my favorite fibers, cashmere and linen.
This one, like the last, utilizes two shirt cuffs sewn together as the sash. And it both buckles and buttons.
This one, like the last, utilizes two shirt cuffs sewn together as the sash. And it both buckles and buttons.
Standing tall. Well, not very. Maybe 9".
Standing tall. Well, not very. Maybe 9″.
And trying to step up the 'branding' with my dried milkweed pods and poppy seed heads from a few years ago. Good to have a stash of just about everything, I always say.
And trying to step up the ‘branding’ with my dried milkweed pods and poppy seed heads from a few years ago. Good to have a stash of just about everything, I always say.

Merino Clutch

Here's my third fold and buckle clutch. This one is felted merino. And small.
Here’s my third fold and buckle clutch. This one is felted merino. And small.
It measures about 5" x 6" when folded. The belt is two cotton IZOD shirt cuffs sewn together and attached to some D-rings from my stash of saved 'this and that'. Here you can see that it can be buttoned up after buckling, if you wish.
It measures about 5″ x 6″ when folded. The belt is two cotton IZOD shirt cuffs sewn together and attached to some D-rings from my stash of saved ‘this and that’. Here you can see that it can be buttoned up after buckling, if you wish.
Let's open it up.
Let’s open it up.
And look inside.
And look inside.
I used some more of that vintage deconstructed dress cotton that I found at the flea. Peaches and cream-y merino.  https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MilkweedAndPoppyseed/tools/listings/stats:true/235171184
I used some more of that vintage deconstructed dress cotton that I found at the flea. Peaches and cream-y merino.
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MilkweedAndPoppyseed/tools/listings/stats:true/235171184

Green Apple Goodness

This is a shorty. Felted lambswool in green apple.
This is a shorty. Felted lambswool in green apple.
The strap is half a belt, which appears to be cotton wrapped, but has an elastic core, so there's some stretch.
The strap is half a belt, which appears to be cotton wrapped, but has an elastic core, so there’s some stretch.
I left the leather trim buckle attached inside. I don't know why. Maybe people like a buckle in their bag. The lining is from a skirt, with pretty pastels woven together.
I left the leather trim buckle attached inside. I don’t know why. Maybe people like a buckle in their bag. The lining is from a skirt, with pretty pastels woven together.
And the pocket is peachy cotton from a bundle of fabric I found at the flea market. It actually was an old dress that someone had carefully deconstructed and wrapped up for later use. Win!
And the pocket is peachy cotton from a bundle of fabric I found at the flea market. It actually was an old dress that someone had carefully deconstructed and wrapped up for later use. Win!