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Herb Gatherers Bag by Marcusstratus Herb Gatherers Bag by Marcusstratus
Here's a new purse for *aelthwyn that I made for a surface design project during my Winter '11 term. I got the majority of my inspiration to make this from a bunch of handle sized manzanita branches I received from one of my brothers over the holidays. Since then I had been wanting to use them and even considered incorporating a wooden handle into latest backpack I made, but decided against it since the rest of the design was so industrial and utilitarian.

So I designed a bag that one might see a forest dweller using. My goal was to use not metal hardware and to replicate textures of leaves and moss.

The leaf used as the front flap got its veins with a soldering iron. When a wood burner or soldering iron touches leather, it darkens and the leather shrinks a bit. So using that knowledge, I was able to give the leaf shape the vein texture.

The moss was created by felting and stitching wool yarns through the leather in layers. To protect the back side and keep the yarns from slipping, I glued a layer of thin leather to the back side in the portions that had the moss stitched. I think if I were to do a more professional job of it, I would just line the entire back side of the piece of leather.

Definitely interested in expanding upon this theme. I can think of a variety of hats and accessories that would look good with these same surface designs, as well as others I've come up with, like lichen, vines, roots, mushrooms, and a variety of bark textures.

Chrome tanned leather and manzanita wood for the handle.
Modeled by *aelthwyn herself.
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ricedog Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thumbs up
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers Mate :ahoy:
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Hoolen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Interface Designer
looks amazing
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you!
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RainySpringMorning Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Not only is that adorable, but it's really unique as well.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, people keep saying I should make more... and I would like to if it wasn't sooo much work getting that felting done right. Should do it again to remind myself :D
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RainySpringMorning Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
To remind yourself how much time it takes, or to remind yourself how brilliant you are at it? *smug smile* Keep up the fantastic work, friend. The greatest pieces of work come from not the most talented of hands, but from those who dedicate themselves to their passions and stick with it.
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DanuHecate Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you sell them? :)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I haven't made anymore than this one nor have I been commissioned to make one like it.  A bag similar to this would run $400.oo - $600.oo USD because of all the time it takes to get the textures correct :)
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psichadelicteo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
this is amazingly beautiful and touches the deepest roots in my heart! you are really a artist, be blessed!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye! Thank you :D I've been thinking for a time now that I would like to do more of these... haven't yet though
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LogicinWonderland Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
I love how much this feels and incorporates nature into the design, especially how it compliments the last outfit!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed! Everytime I look at this I think I should make some similar accessories.
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CheshireNinjette Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing O:
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! 
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1BlackRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
How much does this cost?! I would really love to buy an order of this!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for your interest, the starting cost on a bag like this is 400-500 USD, 
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CommanderKip Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, I want me that. The leaf flap is so cool!
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MahdiTheRovingBlade Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the texture of the leaf, and the embroidered moss looks amazing. Great work!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I would certainly enjoy doing another one of these when I get a chance...
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Zuhari Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg, is so beautiful!!! ♥_♥
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :ahoy:
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Gelirwen Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Wonderful! Do you have a e-shop?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have sold things on etsy in the past, but now I just do one-off custom pieces, made to order.
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JoelProudfoot Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This. Is. Amazing.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks! I hope to do more like this in the future.
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skyehopper Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I really like this bag! It is great how you integratee the textures of the moss and created a leaf shape out of the leather itself..it looks like you mugged a druid and stole his pouch of holding!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
haha yup! I've been wanting to do more of these bags... sometime I will :D
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cloverpatch Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very organic. Very thoughtful. Good stuff!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :ahoy:
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Gorgeous earthy piece, I love how you pulled off such an organic piece with your leather working. The texture look just like a leaf and that green yarn looks just like moss. So with I could reach out an touch this!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! This is definitely something I'd enjoy doing some more of :D
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ChaseYoungFangirl Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
This is amazing. I wish I had the skill and time to do projects like this. =)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
and patience! If you ask me, that's what you need most :D

Thanks!
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ChaseYoungFangirl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I'm in the process of knitting a Doctor Who scarf (which is about six feet long if you're not familiar with the earlier seasons of the show)so I think I might have the patience but that's about it. lol
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liontroll Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Brilliant! Congratulations.
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NecrochildK Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Oh man, I would LOVE a bag like that!
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Dragonarium Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Absolutely lovely!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you! :ahoy:
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The1stWeaverOfDreams Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Writer
I want one!!!! how much would you charge if i commisioned one?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
A small purse like this runs around $500, note me if you want to find out more information :)
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DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student General Artist
SO BEUTIFUL!! This was crafted by the mighty hands of SAINTS!!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
haha Thank you! :ahoy:
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DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh no, the thanks is all yours for posting such a GLORIOUS peice ......excuse me while I mop up the rainbows I just spewed :sprint:
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ohh, this is really cool.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you!
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peelaa01 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
okay so i found this on google, and i made an account just to comment you and tell you that i would pay to have one of these i just need to know the price and how we would arrange things, but please email me at phyllis-daa-writterr@live.com!! im really hoping to get a response soon and let me know how much :)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Greetings! I sent you an email to the address you gave me, just so you don't miss it!
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LadyTyphoo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh my gosh, I need this for my dryad character...
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
hehe yup! Straight from the forest this came :D
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