Monday, March 14, 2011

Silk, Wool and Dyed Blue Locks Bag- Part 1

Dyed blue locks and multicolored silk and wool roving.

 


Laying out roving for the bag flap and handle.

 


Applying the dyed locks 'tail'.

 


The bag front, prior to felting.

 


This bag is yet another 'variation on a theme'...

...but this time, I used cleaned, dyed locks and a blended wool and silk roving.

I employed my familiar peanut-shaped resist...

...making the bag body white and the flap and handle blue, brown and green.

I found that I actually prefer raw locks for laying out...

...since it seemed to me that the cleaning and dyeing (for this batch of commercial locks, anyway)...

...had partially felted them and made the locks a bit harder to use.

The other challenge was the fact that the flap and handle roving was a wool and silk blend...

...and that meant that it felted differently than the all wool roving of the bag body.

Next time...the finished bag with its pleasingly egg-shaped body...

...getting ideas for Easter, anyone??!?! Giggle.

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8 comments:

Unknown said...

The first picture of the silk/wool blend looks so shiny. I love using silk blends. Those raw locks are so cool looking!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Kelly! The blend was a swap gift from some time ago and I've had so much fun using it for different projects.

Deb at Merciful Hearts Farm said...

When I dye here I just go slow, slow so as not to felt things up. I've had folks show me purchased dyed rovings that are just compressed ropes & I'm sure that is frustrating to work with. Can't wait to see your finished bag!

Heather Woollove said...

Deb--Yes...I'm sure that's the trick with dyeing. I bought these at a sheep and wool festival before I had any experience using locks. I would know better, now. :)

Happy Mommy said...

I agree that the silk is so shiny in the first picture. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Oh, and prepare yourself for tonight!!!! Last week was a monster.

Heather Woollove said...

Leann--I love the silk, too! See you on Wed.

vilterietje said...

looking forward to the finished project! and for easter: try a raw wool lock easter hen?
love, riet:)

Heather Woollove said...

Oh, Riet--I love your imagination!!