Monday, December 3, 2012

"Snowperson" Bag Swap Gift- Part 1 of 2

Laying out wool roving eyes and a carrot nose...

 
...then adding more bits of coal black for a smile.

 
From washed Border Leicester locks...

 
...I made several fluffy batts on my drum carder...

...and laid them over the 'face' side of the resist.



Looking through the resist from side two...

...allows me to check my design placement.
 
Covering all but the top portion of the resist with batts...

...(allowing for a more free-form top edge)...

...and adding a cloth strip for a 'drawstring channel reinforcement'.

 
The partially felted bag...

 
...now with its carrot nose in proper alignment. :)

 
I signed up to participate in a holiday swap this year...

...and, not knowing for certain 'which major holiday' the recipient observed...

...I decided to make a felt 'snowperson' bag as my gift.

Using raw Border Leicester locks...

...(which were not quite as 'washed' as advertised)...

...I carded up some shiny, fluffy batts.

Making a 'face' with black and orange wool roving...

...I proceeded to make an open-topped bag...

...with a drawstring channel for its closure.

Next time: the finished bag...

...with leather-trimmed ribbon cincture.

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6 comments:

Rachel said...

That will be such fun for someone this winter!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Thank-you! XO-

Sandie Knapp said...

Choosing a Snowman was very smart of you. At first I was concerned as to whether the nose would lay to the left or actually protrude. I should have know not to worry. You are too skilled at your craft to allow that to happen. :)

Oh yes, about those locks that were not quite as washed as advertised. No worry. Where or when do you ever see a Snowman that is pristine white? No one will ever notice if the white is not pure white. It will simply look even more "natural." I love it already! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--Thanks!!

Vivian said...

How do you make the carrot nose stand up so straight? that's what I'm wondering. Love the "snow" texture!

Have a safe trip to Germany.

Heather Woollove said...

Vivian--Spikes are really a lot of fun to make. The formula is 'rolling + hot water + rolling + soap + rolling...then pulling (hard) when the spike is firmly attached to the piece'!! :) Thanks for your good wishes.