Monday, March 28, 2011

Machine-Pleated Pre-Felt Purse- Part 1

Pre-felt piece after machine stitching.



Cutting (and piecing) the front and back panels.



The 'peanut shaped' resist with stitched panel and wool roving.



The wrapped resist.





Some time ago...

...I made a flower pillow with stitched pre-felt petals.

Since then, I've been wanting to try another project using this technique...

...and here it is!

I needed a 'thank-you' gift for a friend...

...and she absolutely loves the combination of purple and green!

In order to prepare the pre-felt panels...

...I combined several different colors of green roving that I had on hand.

When the panels were dry...

...I stitched lines of raised pleats along the length of the pre-felt.

I cut pieces of the panels to match the shape of the bag bottom...

...piecing, when necessary, with large handstitches...

...so that they could be easily pulled out after felting.

I put the pre-felt 'pleat side down' on the resist...

...and wrapped the resist with several layers of purple wool roving.

Next time, I'll show you the finished bag...

...and tell you about the little bit of 'stitching surgery' that I performed on it! :)

16 comments:

narkeymarkey said...

i can't wait to see the finished bag :)

what a great idea to stitch into pre-felt, i never thought of that! i really must start exploring stitching and felting.

Joei Rhode Island said...

What an interesting concept, Heather. I've done embroidery on prefelt then felted it but not done shaping with machine sewing. Waiting to see how this comes out.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Tracy and Joei! Elis Vermeulen makes some wonderful felt collars using stitching on pre-felt for contouring. That's where I got the idea.

vilterietje said...

i don't really understand what you mean by piecing the stitched parts, but maybe it will show on the finished piece, my imagination is as big as the point of a needle:)

WonderWhyGal said...

You are so talented. I can't wait to see the finished bag. It will totally match the caplet I just finished which also means...I will be starting your cowl later this week. Hooray!

Heather Woollove said...

Riet--Since my pre-felt wasn't big enough, I had to sew sections together to get the right sized pieces. If you double-click the photo of the two circles, you will see the big white stitches where I pieced the pre-felt. :)
Andrea--Thanks! Ooooh...exciting news on the cowl front!! XXO-

FeltersJourney said...

Cant wait to see the finished bag Heather - LOVE the colours & what a great idea stitching the prefelt like you have!
xx

Fiona said...

I love the look of that stitching technique. I must try it.

Viltalakim said...

will wait patiently to see the result :)
very interesting!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Deborah, Fiona and Kim! I look forward to seeing what you do with this technique!!

Kelly said...

ooh this is going to look awesome...I can already tell. I cannot wait to see how it looks felted! The colors remind me of Mardi gras!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Kelly!!

Mariana said...

itś absolutely beautiful! congrats to you!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Mariana!!

Luna Nott said...

I love your peanut bag it was so cute and creative! I was wondering what you use as a resist. I use bubble wrap but I'm not happy with the results, not smooth enough. Please email me...pretty please! Thanks! :D

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Luna! I use foam floor underlayment. (I'll send you a note about it, too.)