Friday, March 30, 2012

"Fern and Flower" Drawstring Bag- Part 1 of 2

Covering the pencil roving design with hand-dyed merino roving.

 
Fulling the piece after felting.

 
The finished bag...flower side...

 
...and fiddlehead fern side.



 Stuffed with cloth placemats during blocking and drying.
 
Pinning satin ribbon to the inside of the bag prior to stitching...

 
...and afterward, with one buttonhole drawstring opening visible.

 
You may remember the first bag that I made this way...

...using a quilt design as the bag's inspiration.

I used the same wonderful book of modern designs...

...to inspire this birthday gift for a friend, as well!

Working inside-out, I spread soap glue on the resist...

...then laid out my designs in pencil roving.

Next, I added layers of hand-dyed merino roving...

...and rubbed and rolled the piece until it was done.

After it was fully felted and dried...

...I stitched in a casing , made from two pieces of wide satin ribbon...

...and sewed and cut buttonholes for the drawstring 'exits'.

Next time: the finished bag!

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19 comments:

vilterietje said...

love the fern idea!:)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Riet! I have always loved ferns...so this design seemed right up my alley! :)

Rachel said...

It looks delightful - a lovely design!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Thanks!!

AllyB said...

Such a pretty color! Reminds me of orange sherbet. Those are lovely designs too. Can't wait to see the finished bag.

WonderWhyGal said...

oooh, I love the design on your bag. Can't wait to see the finished bag.

BTW, I am going to make a fascinator with Jone this weekend using her pre-felts. Squeal!

Linda said...

Heather, you are just amazing! Such beautiful work, as always!
xo

Heather Woollove said...

Ally- Now you're just making me hungry!! XXO-
Andrea--What fun! I can't wait to see your finished fascinator! Tell Jone "hi" from me, please!!
Linda--Thanks so much!

Happy Whimsical Hearts said...

Your fern is lovely, and what great colours - looking forward to seeing the end result!

Heather Woollove said...

H.W.H.-Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Kathryn Ray said...

I like this one a lot. It feels delicate and feminine. :-)

Terrie said...

The fern look is outstanding. I don't know how you placed it and made it very neat. I'm interested to see the finished one. Your bags always look very sturdy I love it.

Melissa Plank said...

Gosh what a pretty design, your work is fabu, I just want to get in there close and examine how it all comes together!

Vivian said...

The pencil roving designs really amaze me, they look like hand-drawn!

Spinster Beth said...

I too like the fiddlehead fern design especially :)

Heather Woollove said...

Kathryn--'Delicate and feminine' usually means it's a project I don't plan to keep! Giggle.
Terrie--I'm glad you like my 'vegetation' on this one! :)
Melissa--It was a lot of fun to make, too.
Vivian--I copied the design from the quilt book. I couldn't have drawn it myself!
Beth--Oh, me, too!

Jess Schleicher said...

This is beautiful. I've never seen this done. Love it!

Heather Woollove said...

Thank-you, Jess!

FeltersJourney said...

Love the design Heather!
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