Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Dye Another Day" Purse- Part 3 of 3

The front of the acid-dyed felt...


                                                          ...and the back.



                                                 Here's a peek inside, too.



                                             A hand-fashioned leather closure...

                         ...features a vintage button gifted to me by my friend, Elis.


                            I used variegated thread to attach the straps and closure.



                                 The finished purse in all of its 'golden' glory (back)...



                                                               ...and front.




                                                 By crumpling up the felt bag...

                                     ...into a no-longer-safe-for-food crockpot...

                                       ...and adding two different acid dyes...

                                           ...I achieved this mottled effect.

              A strap and buttonhole closure were fashioned from warm brown leather...

               ...and were machine-stitched to the purse with variegated thread.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Dye Another Day" Purse- Part 2 of 3

Mid-way through felting...


                          ...the dark edge remains quite visible at the top of the bag.



                                                         Fulling the purse.



                                 My fully felted project, prior to blocking and drying.



                                                  Turning the bag inside-out...

                  ...and filling it with leaves and berries prior to tying and steaming it...



                                            ...results in these rather faint prints...



                                                  ...(and side two is no better).


                                            The red splotches that you see here...

                              ...are from the writing on a plastic grocery bag...

                                           ...used as a thin resist during felting.    



                                      Sadly, even after dyeing it with plant matter...

                                    ...this purse still seemed a bit "meh" to me.

                              Next time: I overdye it with acid dyes in a crock-pot...

                                                 ...for a bold new look!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Dye Another Day" Purse- Part 1 of 3

Assembling my supplies.


                                          Laying out layers of white wool roving.



                          Please use caution if using plastic grocery bags as resists...

                ...the red lettering on this one left permanent marks on my finished felt. :(



                                      Adding a layer of darker, variegated roving...

                                         ...to the mouth and bottom of the bag...      



                                     ...to help disguise any eventual 'wear and tear'.



                              (Note the red markings left on the felt by the plastic bag.)



                                         Making loops for the strap attachments...



                                              ...and felting them into the bag.



                                                    Mid-way through felting.
      

                                        Next time: the results of the first dye bath...

                                                         ...(an 'eco' one!)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Big Sister" Crown and Unorthodox Baby Blanket- Part 2 of 2

Shimmery Blue Faced Leicester/Tussah Silk roving...


                                                 ...and a cloud of silk caps.



                                             Laying out a thin layer of roving...



                                                   ...and an additional layer... 



                                                 ...perpendicular to the first.



                                          Adding a layer of stretched silk caps...



                                               ...and wetting the blanket out.
    

                                               The finished project, drying...



                                                    ...and, again, once dry.



                                                   The back of the blanket.



                                         Silk caps add a cobwebby, silver sheen...



                                   ...and the finished project is very soft and warm.



       I've long been enamored of this luscious, heathered grey, knitted baby blanket...

              ...so for a 'welcome baby' gift for a good friend's newest daughter, Eliza...

         ...I decided to use some lustrous, dark brown and silver grey BFL/Silk roving...

                                          ...(a gift from my friend, Angela)...

                                    ...to make a rather non-traditional baby blanket!

                                   Made with only two thin layers of roving...

                                   ...plus a cobwebby layer of silk caps...

                             ...the blanket is especially thin and flexible...

                                                  ...and baby soft. :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Big Sister" Crown and Unorthodox Baby Blanket- Part 1 of 2

Making an art batt from wool and 'shimmery bits'...


                                          ...and turning it into a piece of pre-felt.



                                                    Using a paper pattern ...



                                                ...I cut the pre-felt to size...

                                 ...leaving the tips 'as is' for folding in during felting.



                                Stitching the pre-felt strip into a cylinder with nylon thread.



                  Applying variegated pencil roving as an embellishment to the crown base...



                                          ...and to the newly rounded-off tips...



                                        ...then adding a few circles, just for fun. :)


   
                                                      Mid-way through felting...



                                                    ...and the finished crown.



                                    I did sew on a few colored glass beads for 'bling'...

      ...but neglected to photograph the finished project, prior to mailing it off. (Sorry)



                                      Next time: a rather unorthodox baby blanket...

                           ...made from luscious BFL and Silk-blend roving, plus silk caps.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Extra Large 'Reptile Skin' Purse- Part 4 of 4

The finished bag embellishment.


                                                A portion of colorful 'reptile skin'...



                                                  ...and again, here, in close-up.



                                                     Using a leather punch...

                          ...I made 'stitching holes' in a handmade leather strap... 



                            ...and attached it to the purse with bright pink silk yarn.


                                  The is all that remains of my original 'grid' layout. :(



                    I used earth magnets as fasteners at the mid-point of the bag.



                                                          The finished purse...



                                                  ...being as oversized as it is...



                ...quite overwhelmed the appearance and utility of its single leather strap.



                                          To improve both looks and functionality...

                                         ...I added a second strap (in brown)...



                                        ...and fused them using knots of silk yarn.



                                           With a bit of craft glue and clamping...



                                       ...I eliminated the gaps between the knots...

                                               ...for a more streamlined look.