Sunday, November 4, 2012

Finished WIP: 'Sandwich Felt' Purse- Part 1 of 2

'Scrunching up' silk and cotton gauze...

 
...and covering it with a layer of wool...

 
...and a thin silk scarf.

 
Wetting out the piece...

 
...and, after felting it, drying it en plein air.

 
Unfortunately, during felting, some of the cotton sections turned a little pink...



...from 'used' soapy water that had residual dye in it. :(
 
So, while I was dyeing the silk for my nuno jacket...

...I decided to pop this piece in as well...

...and, wow, what a difference it made!

 
I made this portion of the project back in August, 2011 at Felter's Fling...

...and have had it tucked away ever since.

It was my sample piece for a 'laminating' technique taught by Liz Clay that week...

...for possible use as a couture embellishment on our felted garments.

Unfortunately, sections of it had turned pale pink...

...from dye in my soapy water, left over from another project.

My 'failed project inertia' was finally overcome recently, when I threw it into a dye bath...

...but I find it curious that it came out so much 'bluer' than the silk that I dyed along with it!

Like nearly everything else that finds its way into my 'felting orbit'...

...it somehow ended up as a bag! Grin.

Next time: the finished purse...

...and the opportunity to win it.

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11 comments:

Rachel said...

Different fibres respond differently to dyestuffs, and once you start mixing fibres the effects change even more...

Kelly said...

Love the super textures! That is a beautiful blue. I really do like the undyed version also. My mind is trying to visualize your purse...I'm sure it will be fabulous!

Lydia Karlheim said...

cool cool cool!

WonderWhyGal said...

I love the over-dyed fabric.

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--That's so true!!
Kelly--Thanks! I found a simple solution for the purse...you'll see! :)
Lydia (or should I say Abed?) Hahaha.
Andrea--Thanks! I think it's much better this way.

Karen said...

Thats looks gorgeous Heather, i'm finally starting to see that there are NOOOOO failures in felt, if left to contemplate over for while another stunning piece of art work emerges :) cant wait to see the bag :)

Heather Woollove said...

Karen--Thank-you! This one sure took awhile, but it got there!! :)

FeltersJourney said...

Wow that became such a vibrant blue.. lovely textural piece! x

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--The blue surprised me, after seeing the pale, periwinkle silk!

werkstatt augentrost said...

i love that wild nunofelt structures!

Heather Woollove said...

W.A.-Thank-you very much!!