Handmade purses

Handmade purses

I think I’m just out of date with everything I’ve made! No one uses cameras now because phones have them, so no use for camera cases. Same thing with diaries, who needs a diary or notebook when phones have organisers and memo apps etc. And I think I’m the last person to still use actual money, and even debit cards, but that means you get to see the purses I made last week πŸ™‚ This is the blue flowery nuno one (obviously!). Front:


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is the back:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t think I blogged about the felt piece I made these next two purses from, though I do remember sharing it on the forum. I wove lots of different strips of fabrics for an interesting nuno piece with lots of texture and contrast. You can see the piece here. This is the first purse:


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd the second one is very similar:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe felt was just the right size to cut the purses out and allow me to use both top and bottomΒ  natural edges. This is the back:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd the last one is one of my favourites, made from a sunflower scarf nuno felted onto Merino. This is the front:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe dazzling inside:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd the texturey back:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext week I’ll probably show you all the greetings cards I didn’t sell πŸ™‚

16 thoughts on “Handmade purses

  1. People will always need coin purses. They are so pretty I’m sure they will sell – or they would make lovely gifts? I can’t choose a favourite!

  2. The colors and textures are wonderful, and I think it takes a good imagination to plan the layout of these small purses. I do remember when you made the sunflower nuno-felt, and that’s my absolute favorite!

    1. Thanks, Cathy πŸ™‚
      When I do samples pieces, especially with fabric I try to make pieces which will be big enough to at least make small purses out of. It seems like less of a ‘waste’.

    1. Thanks, Sharon πŸ™‚
      Me too, so I’m set for covers for the rest of my life, I just wonder if there’ll be any use for my growing collection of out of date diaries!

  3. These are all wonderful Zed. I think you are just not getting them to the right audience. I still sell little pouches and notebooks here. So there are people out there that would like your work, perhaps they are just not seeing it.

    1. Thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      Yeah, me too. It’s not easy finding the oportunities to sell to the right people though. I know my target market consists of students, professionals with more disposable income and people who like alternative things. Now I just need a shop or fair that attracts those people πŸ™‚

  4. I love all the textures and bright colors. Normally, I’d lean towards the blue, but my favorite it the last yellowy one. Just yummy!

  5. They are great Zed. I really like them. Can you get the perpetual diaries? The ones with the month and date but no year? Maybe make a little card saying all the things it can be used for., A large one for the table and business card size to go in each one. Coins, camera, phone, business cards, ladies essentials. I am sure we could think of others.

    1. Thanks, Ann πŸ™‚
      I have seen those diaries, but never in a standard size. I keep a few spare notebooks/journals in case anyone wants to swap, but I’d love some blank or drawing ones. I just finished writing new cards last night πŸ™‚ I wrote some last year, but couldn’t find them all, so my ‘camera cases’ are listed as fitting phones, cameras, pocket calculators, small address books and playing cards. I have coin and card pouches already.

    1. Or, you could market them as earphone cases, to keep all that wire from getting tangled. That could suit a more modern customer. πŸ˜‰

    2. Actually, the display card I have for my credit card and coin pouches says they’re perfect for earphones too! Maybe I could market them for earphones and media/data cables, I know they go missing often in our house πŸ™‚

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