Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Flounce Turned Pocket...Later, Purse- Part 1

Variegated wool layout over a bubble wrap resist.

 


While felting.

 


The finished pockets...

 


...shown here as a flounce (their original purpose).

 


Machine stitching embellishment details.

 


The finished pocket.

 


During my couture garment class at Felter's Fling...

...our amazing instructor, Liz Clay encouraged us to pay attention to the details which make each garment special.

To that end...

...some of our week's work was attempting to make different kinds of flourishes and fasteners!

These pieces were originally designed to be used as flounces which could be added to a garment in various places for interest...

...but since I was aiming for a slightly simpler design, my first thought was, "What about turning them into pockets?"

I enlarged the flounce pattern and made it on a resist, not individually...

...so that I would have two identical felted pieces.

I cut a fabric backing for each one (for structural support)...

...and machine stitched them in a regular and random pattern.

Next time: The horror of the pockets...

...and their final redemption! GIggle.




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16 comments:

Marushka C. said...

Oh my, Heather, these are fabulous -- and as I'm catching up on your last bunch of posts from felter's fling -- OH MY, OH MY! So much beauty, so many inspirations - your head must be spinning with the possibilities. I'm so glad you had this lovely time for yourself and for your art.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Mary! Yes...my head is stuffed full of ideas! Now to shake a few of them out!! :)

Sandie Knapp said...

You have definitely piqued my curiosity. :)

Heather Woollove said...

:) Sandie

Kelly said...

I like all of the embellishment stitching! Did you have a pattern or was that free form? The ruffle edges are nice too. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Kelly! It was free form, so the second pocket is different than the first.
The ruffle edges were designed esp. for a 'flounce', but I think they also work for this application, too!
XXO-

Linda Stokes said...

Great pockets/flounces! enjoyed seeing your felters fling pics too.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Linda!! I'm so glad you dropped by!

Rachel said...

Yes, distinctly curious, now!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--You are always such an encouraging reader...thanks!! XXO-

Mattie van den Heuvel said...

Hi Heather,
I love the stitching on it! And ofcourse the colours ;))
Love
Mattie

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Mattie! It's always fun to 'rescue' a project from failure, isn't it?!?! :)

FeltersJourney said...

Heather I LOVE the machine stitched design you have here! They look great even at this stage - cant wait to see what you have done with them.. and I dont have to wait :) cos I'm playin' ctchup - I can go see right now xx

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--That's the fun part of missing a few posts, isn't it?!?! :)

Judith said...

Insipational as always Heather. A great and informative post.

Love the 'pocket-purse' which just confirms that there's never a mistake when it comes to felt!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Judith! Yes...I turn everything into purses and I have a friend who makes everything into hats!! :)