Wednesday, March 14, 2012

'Marine Life' Purse For A Pisces - Part 1 of 3


Cutting out my new resist shape...

 
...and checking the fold placement for the flap.

 
Cutting two layers of cotton gauze in the shape of the resist.

 
Beginning the layout with one layer of white roving...

 
...then, after adding a gauze layer and another layer of white...

...switching to a variegated dark blue/purple wool for a base.

 
The fully wrapped resist (I know, it does look like a bunny!).

 
Adding color gradations in various shades of blue and aqua.

 
Needle-felted and pre-felt denizens of the sea. :)

 

Sorry for my short blog absence...

...but I was away from home for nearly a week, visiting my daughter L in the twin cities.

It was an amazing trip and, as you might imagine, I'm tired and I have a lot to sort out...

...but I look forward to sharing my MN photographs and experiences with you in the coming weeks. :)

Here's the most exciting part: not only did I get to spend days with a beloved daughter...

...but I also managed to spend time with a college friend I hadn't seen since 1987...

...and a whole day with a dear blog friend whom I had never met!!

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Weeks ago, because I wanted to make something special for my two friends...

...I started working out a new shape for a purse resist.

I had an idea for an aquatic bag, and I needed the flap to undulate 'just so'...

...so I sketched and fiddled until it was right. :)

I chose to reinforce the bag with a layer of cotton gauze...

...so I cut it out to match the resist shape, then trimmed it slightly smaller all around...

...and sandwiched one between two thin layers of white roving on each side.

I added a dark blue/purple layer for a base of 'watery deep'...

...then added several hand-blended shades of blue and aqua roving.

I cut a fish and a seahorse out of pre-felt and decorated them with needle-felted details...

...and made a needle-felted clown fish, shark and seaweed.

My daughter, H-2, decided to join in the fun, as well...

...and created a jellyfish from pre-felt, pencil roving, and needle-felted dots. :)

Next time: the purse begins to come together...

...and the creatures find a habitat!
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8 comments:

Patty Biermans said...

It's a while since I looked at your blog but I see that you been felting a LOT!! And so beautiful, Í'm impressed, really! hugzz....peebee

Vilt à la Kim said...

nice shape for a bag Heather! Hope you had a fabulous week!!
it is good to catch up with family and friends. Enjoy the felting ;-)

Rachel said...

That's a very intriguing wiggly resist..

Heather Woollove said...

Peebee--Thanks! I've missed you...I'm glad you stopped by.
Kim--Thanks so much...yes...I'm rather sad being back here in my 'real' life today! :)
Rachel--Thanks! I know that it looks a bit weird, but wait till you see how it comes out!! :)

krex said...

I think this looks really intrigued, I'm looking forward to the next stages . Hope you enjoyed our weird warm March weather...(MN is not minding a little global warming this year .)

Heather Woollove said...

Krex--Thanks! Yes...Minneapolis was glorious!! (I didn't realize you were there, too!)

Janine said...

Love to see the making off, your bag is so beautiful made, I realy love it!!! Have a great sunday,

Heather Woollove said...

Janine--I'm glad you enjoy seeing the process. It's the whole reason for my blog, really...to show how I make felt things!! :)