Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pseudo Shirdak Purse-Part One

 

 

 

 



I just love Kyrgyzstan shirdak carpets...

...but find their design elements to be a bit too formal for my taste.

Each shape is usually outlined with a braid...

...but, I decided to forego that step.

I flirted with the idea of making a small shirdak rug or table runner...

...but, as is so often the case, I ended up making (another) purse. Grin.

To prepare, I made several large pre-felt pieces...

...with odds and ends of wool roving in various colors.

I had made single color pre-felt pieces previously...

...but this time, I wanted to have the versatility of multiple colors in one.

You could say that these were really more pre- than felt...

...since I only felted them a wee bit, until they barely hung together.

This may not be the best idea for all pre-felt projects...

...since they are rather thick...

...but they do cut easily, and they felted into the finished piece like a dream.

I used my purse template to cut out the pre-felt...

...then cut shapes that resemble pseudopodia.

I ended up with both a positive and a negative...

...one for the front-, and one for the back-side.

Next time...

...the finished bag!




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6 comments:

Chrissie said...

This is very adventurous Heather - looking forward to the finished article!

p.s. thanks for your comment about my garden - I completely agree with you - I was just having a little bit of fun at the expense of my friends and neighbours, who I love and wouldn't be without! It's why we moved to a village from the town, so that we could have this kind of wonderful community spirit. Come and help me in my garden any time! :-))

Mariana said...

This looks interesting already!!!!

FeltersJourney said...

I cant wait to see the finished bag!
I LOVE the colours & the shapes look fantastic!
x

carolina said...

Que bueno los colores que usaste,parece mármol de colores ,estoy intrigada para ver como terminas tu proyecto ,mil ideas en tu cabecita loca!BESOS!

Heather said...

Thanks, ladies! It's so nice to hear from you and get your feedback!! XXO-

Jackie said...

Thats fantastic. Such a lot of hard work too. I'll stick to brooches...when I'm sober!