Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Embroidered 'Bumpy' Bag- Part 1

Topping my purse resist with a layer of silk gauze...

...several strands of yarn...


                                       ...and snippets of fabric and finished felt...



                                          ...followed by a layer of merino roving.



                                        Wetting out the project with soapy water...



                                            ...adding a second layer of roving...




                                                ...and wetting it out again.


                                     Additional textural elements are now added...

                                           ...wool yarn, industrial felt washers...

                              ...and finished felt that's been cut into various shapes.



                                               Covering the whole shebang...



                                         ...with an additional layer of wool roving.



                                                  Flipping the project over...

                                ...and trimming off the overhanging silk and wool...

                                         ...except at the very bottom of the bag.



                                                   Next time: I begin side two.

Monday, August 22, 2016

"Purse-onality"- Part 4

Cutting narrow strips from a sheet of leather...

...rounding off their ends...


                                        ...and stitching each of them lengthwise...

                                                 ...(leaving the ends unsewn).



                                             Punching holes in the strap ends...



                                              ...and 'basting' them to the bag...

                                                   ...with upholstery twist pins.



                                               Stitching the handles to the bag...

                                              ...with strong nylon beading thread.



                                                        The finished purse...


   

                                               ...with its highly textured surface.



                                                The bag interior is pure white...

                                           ...except for the nuno pre-felt pocket...



                                         ...and the shimmery blue leather handle...





                                               ...lends a bit of 'disco glamour'! ;)



Saturday, August 20, 2016

"Purse-onality"- Part 3

The project is turned right-side out...


                                                  ...and the felting continues.



                                                      Strips of nuno pre-felt... 



                                        ...begin to attach to the body of the bag...



                                              ...and 'become one' with the felt. ')



                               The purse is turned inside-out again during felting...



                                         ...revealing how the bright wool fibers...

                                    ...have migrated through the body of the bag.



                                                         During final felting... 



                                        ...the project shrinks and becomes firmer.



                                                         The finished purse...



                                                      ...blocked and drying.



                            Next time: a shimmery blue leather handle is added!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Purse-onality"- Part 2

A pattern piece is fashioned...


                                                   ...for the purse bottom...



                                   ...and a piece of yarn-embellished nuno pre-felt...

                                                             ...is cut to size.



                                  Strips and ovals are cut from the pre-felt pieces...



                                             ...placed on the resist surface...


                                        ...and covered with layers of wool roving.



                                                   The project is wetted out...



                                                 ...and flipped to side two...

                   ...where the embellishments are wrapped tightly around the resist...



                                ...as is the overhanging wool roving from side one.

                                             An additional pre-felt oval is added...



                      ...and the whole shebang is covered in layers of wool roving.



                                The nuno-felt purse bottom is applied to the resist...



                                    ...and covered with wool in an identical manner.



                                            Additional layers of wool are added...



                                                ...to both sides of the purse...



                              ...and an embellished nuno pre-felt pocket is applied...



                                                 ...over a foam pocket resist.



                                                 The rubbing and rolling begins...



                                ...and I take special care to keep the bottom flange...

                                           ...from felting into the body of the bag.



                                             Next time: the resist is removed...

                                           ...and the bag begins to take shape.