Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heart and 'Thumbprint' Sample Tote- Part 1 of 2

Cutting two layers of commercial pre-felt...

...into the shape of my resist...


                         ...then removing a heart-shaped section from one of them.



                          Using a piece of a discarded, open-weave knit sweater...



                               ...and a length of variegated wool and silk blend yarn...



                                ...I pin a 'sweater insert' to the opening in the pre-felt...



                                         ...and carefully stitch it into place.



                                                 The back side (with knots).


                                             
   
                                                On the second piece of pre-felt...

                                               ...more variegated yarn is used...



                                           ...to gently stitch a motif into the felt.



The finished design elements (front sides)...


                                                            ...and backs.



                                   Placing the 'good side' face down on the resist...

                                       ...covering it with a layer of wool roving...



                                           ...and flipping the project to side two.



                                   After repeating the process with the heart piece...



                                  ...layers of wool roving are added to the project...



                                       ...the tote top is turned down for neatness...



                                                       ...and felting is begun.



                                               Next time: the finished tote.

                                

           

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Silk Noil and Wool Nepps Sample Tote- Part 2 of 2

Mid-way through felting...


                                           ...the project is turned right-side out...



                                                 ...and the resist is removed.



                                                  A slit is cut on each side...



                                     ...and the flaps are tucked up into the handles...

                                               ...(to provide extra cushioning).



                                                    As the felting continues...

                                      ...the silk fabric begins to pucker and ruch



                                                         The finished tote...



                             ...and a close-up of the pencil roving and dyed nepps.



                                       The highly textured pre-felt and fabric side.



                                                 The finished tote (side one)...



                                                         ...and side two.



Friday, September 12, 2014

Silk Noil and Wool Nepps Sample Tote- Part 1 of 2

Cutting holes in a layer of pre-felt...


                                     ...and covering it with a layer of silk noil fabric.



                                                 Making wide slits in the fabric...

                                 ...to correspond with areas of pre-felt, underneath...



                                  ...and aligning the two layers on the resist surface.



                                      Covering side one with a layer of wool roving...



                                          ...and flipping the project to side two.



                                        Drawing a design on the resist surface...

                                       ...in two different colors of pencil roving...



                                                ...then filling in the open areas...



                                                     ...with dyed wool nepps.



                                     Covering side two with a layer of wool roving...



                                                        ...and wetting it out.



                                    Adding additional layers of roving to each side...

                                  ...and wrapping them closely around the resist...



                            ...then folding the top of the tote down to make a neat edge.



                                    Next time: the finished tote (with ruching!)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Put A Bird On It" Sample Tote- Part 2 of 2

Adding a domed pre-felt top to the birdcage.


                                                      The finished project...



                                                        ...blocked and drying.



                              Working with pencil roving is always so satisfying...



                   ...it just 'melts' (as do the thin pre-felt sheets) into the body of the bag.



                          Merino wool yarn behaves in a slightly less controlled way...

                                             ...but I like the wiggly effect, too! :)



                                                   The finished tote (side one)...



                                                            ...and side two.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Put A Bird On It" Sample Tote- Part 1 of 2

Assembling my supplies...

...including a foam resist, pre-felt swatch and black merino yarn.


                             After writing on the reverse side in permanent marker...

                      ...the image is duplicated in pencil roving on the resist front.

                                         (Remember that I'm working inside-out!)



                                    Covering the 'caption' with a layer of wool roving...

                                                 ...and flipping it to side two.



                                             Laying out a 'gilded' pre-felt cage...



                                                    ...with merino yarn 'bars'.


  
                                          Cutting a bird from a section of pre-felt... 



                                              ...orienting it 'inside' the cage...
            

                                       ...and covering it with a layer of wool roving.



                             Additional layers of white roving are added to each side...



                                               ...the tote top is turned down...

                                                   ...and felting is begun.



                                                  Mid-way through felting...

                                         ...the project is turned right-side out.



                                     Because it looked a little 'naked' at this point...

                                   ...a pre-felt flower was added to spice things up.



                                   Side two needed a little something more, as well...

                                      ...(stay tuned for the solution in Part 2!!) :)


     
                                         Those of you who are Portlandia fans...

                             ...will immediately 'get' this birdy homage. :)

                                    Those of you who aren't...please Google

                       "Portlandia- Put a Bird on It! Youtube" for an explanation.                  

                                            Next time: the finished tote.