Friday, May 22, 2015

"After Gee's Bend" Pieced Felt Purse- Part 2 of ?

Adding a layer of green wool to side one...


                                                 ...and wetting the project out.



                                             After flipping the project to side two...



                      ...a layer of orangey-red wool is applied to the pre-felt surface.



                                            One of the base flaps is flipped up...



                               ...and additional wool is added to the purse bottom.

                              
                                                           Along the way...

                          ...loops (for the strap) are affixed to the top of the bag...



                                           ...and more fiber is added to each side.


                                                    
                                              Next time: pockets are fashioned...

                                                     ...and the felting is begun!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"After Gee's Bend" Pieced Felt Purse- Part 1 of ?

Assembling commercial pre-felt snippets...

...(re-purposed from other projects)...


                                      ...and piecing them together like quilt blocks.



                              Trimming a large, seamed piece of pre-felt into shape...



                                                     ...for the purse bottom.



                             Wrapping the resist with the 'pre-felt coat of many colors'...



                       ...in order to discover where any additions might be needed.


 
                                                      
                                   Adding small rectangles of contrasting pre-felt...

                                          ...to cover any gaps in the stitching.


                                         Using nylon thread and a sharp needle...



                                    ...the foam resist is sewn into its pre-felt 'skin'...



                                          ...and the opening is pinned closed...

                                      ...to keep the felt covering taut during felting.
  

                                               Next time: additional fiber is added.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Table Topper for a 'Green-Loving' Friend

Laying out a layer of superfine merino roving...


                              ...and covering it with variegated, mixed-wool roving.



                                           After flipping the project to side two...



                                          ...adding an additional layer of merino.



                                                     Wetting the project out...

                                 ...and folding in the edges for a neat appearance.



                           Adding narrow lengths of variegated silk-and-wool roving...



                                      ...and felting them in, for a decorative accent.



                                                          The finished project...



                                                                   ...drying.



                                            The front side of the table topper...



                                                            ...and the back.



                                            Because of their silk component...



                               ...the variegated embellishments really catch the light...



                                          ...and depending on where you look...



                                               ...a different color is revealed!




                                             I will be taking a short blog break...

                                ...so please look for posts to begin again, mid-May. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

"Spring Cleaning" Compost Bin and Lid- Part 3 of 3

The finished compost bin...


                                         ...is a compilation of many other projects!



                                   There's a piece of nuno felt from years gone by...



                                              ...a partially felted pair of mittens...



                                             ...a failed scarf, an unfinished bag...


                                                  ...small 'technique' samplers...



                                          ...and even bits of felt made by friends...



                                                     ...thanks, again, Fiona! :)



                                               The finished compost bin in situ...



                                           ...next to its equally colorful 'cousin'! :)



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Spring Cleaning" Compost Bin and Lid- Part 2 of 3

Fulling the project.


                                                        The completed lid.



                                                The finished felt was very thin...


                        ...and even though I intended to cover a wire frame with it...

                               ...I decided to 'beef it up' with a thick felt insert.



                                       From leftover fiber and finished felt scraps...



                                              ...I created a thick, round pile.



                                                 Using a combination of felting...



                                                    ...and hand-stitching...



                                       ...I prepared a 'pad' for the original felt lid.



                              Threading the bubble wrap 'channel' with a drawstring...

                         ...I cinched the felt tightly around the wire frame and felt pad...



                                  ...and added a wooden handle for ease in opening.



                                           Next time: the finished compost bin...

                                 ...stitched together from re-purposed, finished felt.