Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Good, the BAG & the Ugly:3-in-1 Part 2

 

 

 

 


Ok-first the 'UGLY' truth...

...a couple of bad things happened with this project.

If you look closely at the top photo...

...you'll see a wonky bit of red burlap peeping out.

The problem wasn't what my friend Kelly most feared---the 'pink underwear phenomenon'...

...(yes, it faded and ran a little because I hadn't washed it, first...

...but, luckily, it didn't affect the overall color of the bag).

The issue was that it partially unraveled during felting...

...both, because I hadn't washed it first, and also because of the way I sewed it to the pre-felt. (I didn't leave much cloth for a 'seam allowance'!)

It looked pretty bad, and I thought about just removing it altogether...

...but ultimately chose to zig-zag stitch it by machine, after it dried.

Additionally, as you can plainly see...

...that I did something very wrong while laying out my roving. (Not enough lengthwise fibers, maybe?)

I ended up with a much narrower bag than I had intended...

...and one that was really, really deep!

Honestly, I have enough trouble fishing around in my 'regular' purses for things as it is!! Har.

So...what to do?

I decided that there was enough felt, with the addition of a few pieces from my stash...

...to make three projects out of one failed bag.

For this portion of the 3-in-1, I cut off the very top part of the bag...

...the portion containing what would have been the handles.

I evened up the edges with a rotary cutter...

...maximizing the available felt and aiming to match the length to my shortest zipper.

Utilizing a piece of leftover needle-felted landscape (which I later wet-felted a bit)...

...from my John C. Campbell Folk School class last summer...

I fashioned one half of the zipper purse.

For the other side, I added a leftover piece of the flat felt that I had made...

...for the bottom of my bread basket.

I machine stitched the zipper to each flat half...

...then sewed together the bottom and sides.

"Where is the "GOOD" in all of this?", I hear you ask...

...I think it's two-fold.

First of all: Felting is a very 'low-waste' sort of art...

...since scraps (or entire failed projects) always come in handy, somewhere down the road.

Secondly, I really like this technique of sewing with wool yarn...

...it makes a finished piece of felt which looks like it's been embellished...

...but without as much work!! :)

Next: What I did with the middle-third!


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8 comments:

Angela said...

As it's being used up I don't consider this a failed project just one with a surprise which you've overcome. Being a thrify Yorkshire woman I wholeheartedly agree with waste not want not. I'll be back for part 3

dosfishes said...

Thanks for your comments, and what a creative way to
re-purpose your own project. The great thing about collage is you can always rip it up and use it again, which I do all the time. Felting is something I would like to try if I could find my way out from underneath all my paper!

Vilt à la Kim said...

failures?? I think you have made some great things from it!!
and I am curious to part 3 :)

shandy said...

Thank you for your kind comment. I often feel that no one will read my ramblings other than close family. I find your work very lively - much more adventurous in colour choices than I would be.

Cameron said...

I enjoy your "ramblings" and I think that your bag looks great-it's fun. By the way, I finished the top to go with the clutch that I won, and I will send you a picture. Keep up the great work. You are getting more and more adventurous.

Trudis Felt said...

I do not believe in failures!! If it isn't like you want it to be, you can always make something else out of it. That's the wonder of making felt! You did a good job, I'm wonder what part 3 will bring.
Have a nice day and enjoy it! Trudis

Heather said...

Thank-you, everyone, for your sweet and encouraging comments.
Whenever I feel a bit adrift, my 'virtual felting companions' jump right in with advice or help.
YOU ARE WONDERFUL!!!

Mariana said...

I think it's really nice. I actually like both... seamless and taking the machine out... depends on my mood! LOL