Sunday, February 14, 2016

Light "Hausschuhe"- Part 1 of 2

After wrapping the toes of my resists with yarn...

...two layers of green merino roving are added...


                                         ...and the project is flipped to side two.



                                  Here's a close-up view of the yarn embellishment.



                                                    Wool from the first layer...

                                         ...is wrapped up and around the resist...



                                          ...and side two is covered with roving.



                                                 A tuft of pink wool is added...

                        ...to help distinguish the 'bottom' of the project from the 'top'. 



                                    After the slippers are flipped back to side one...



                                        ...wool from a bright orange batt is added.



                                        The project is wetted-out and soaped-up...



                                                      ...turned back over...



                                             ...and additional wool is added...

                                               ...along with another tuft of pink.



                                       After flipping the slippers over once again...

                                ...the wool layers are pulled closely around the resist.



                                            Next time: a bit more fiber is added...

                                              ...and the slippers are completed.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Circular Weaving-To-Felted Purse- Part 3

Hanging loops are added...


                                          ...and wrapped in a bit of thin plastic...

                    ...(to protect them while I bash the bag around during felting). ')



                                                     As I rub and roll the piece...

           ...the colored fibers begin to make their way through the merino layers.



                                                        Removing the resist...



                                             ...and taking my first peek inside!



                                           After turning the purse right-side out...



                                                     ...the felting continues.



                                                   The white purse interior...

                              ...allows for an easier survey of its contents during use.



                                             The fully dried purse (back side)...



                                                                ...and front.



                                          Cutting a strap and buttonhole placket...

                                               ...from a sheet of green leather.



                                                            The finished bag...



                                               ...is a riot of colors and textures...


                                                     ...and the woven disks... 



                                        ...have become an integral part of the felt.


                                                                 
                My daughter (for whom this was a gift) chose a button for the closure...

                                                      ...an enameled 'Pisces'.



                                                          This festive bag...

                                                     ...will bring a bit of cheer...



                                                  ...to any cold and dreary day.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Circular Weaving-To-Felted Purse- Part 2

Making pre-felt using bright wool batts...

                             ...and cutting two large circles from the fully dried sheet.


                     Pinning my original circular weaving to the first piece of pre-felt...



                                       ...and my latest woven circle to the second.



                                   Carefully machine basting each circle into place.



                  Even though the stitching caused the second circle to pucker a bit...

                                                         ...it's not a worry...

                      ...since the finished purse is designed to have a curvature, as well.


                          Placing the first circle face up on a sheet of bubble wrap...



                                       ...and wetting it out with warm, soapy water.



                                   Covering the whole shebang with a foam resist...



                       ...and placing the second circle face down onto its surface...

                                 ...creating a 'fiber sandwich' with a yummy foam filling! ;)



                Adding additional bright fiber to cover the bare edges of the resist...



                   ...and applying two layers of white merino to the project surface...



                                                           ...on each side.



                                                 Next time: the finished purse...

                                       ...with green leather strap and closure.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Circular Weaving-To-Felted Purse- Part 1

Using a circle cut from a cardboard box...


                                             ...and wool yarn from my stash...



                                             ...I tried something new, recently...



                                                         ...circular weaving!



                                  The finished piece has a rather retro air about it...



                                               ...like something from the 70's! 



                         While I was thinking about what to make with this woven disk...

                                         ...I warped another piece of cardboard...



                                               ...and began a second one!



                                     Using up short lengths of special handspun...

                                                     ...was very satisfying...



                              ...and I enjoyed observing how the circles were formed...



                             ...from the mere 'over and under' of my tapestry needle!


  
                           Next time: I begin to fashion these pieces into (what else?)...

                                                           ...a felted purse!