Sunday, February 3, 2013

"Manly" Storage Envelopes- Part 1 of 2

Laying out roughly-cut, 100% wool, commercial felt pieces...

 
...and covering them with two different colors of wool roving...

...for two separate envelopes.

 
Adding additional layers of roving...



...to both sides of the resist.

(I'm working inside-out, of course!) :)
 
The fully felted 'halves' (front)...



...and back.

 
Trimming a piece of burgundy leather to size...

...and reinforcing the 'buttonhole' area.

 
Attaching the top-stitched leather flap to the first felted envelope.

 
Some time ago...

...I was given several sheets of 100% wool, commercial felt.

Looking for a fun way to use them...

...I devised these felted envelopes for Christmas gift-giving.

After 'roughing up' the back of the felt sheets...

...I cut them into small rectangles and covered them with wool roving.

You may have noticed that I 'lost' a few pieces during the felting process...

...but, as I wasn't going for a precise look, it didn't bother me.

Once I knew the finished size of each envelope...

...I trimmed a leather flap for each one...

...reinforcing the buttonhole section with a second layer of leather...

...and top-stitching around the edges with variegated thread.

Next time: the finished envelopes...

...with woven leather buttons.

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7 comments:

Karolina Zienkiewicz said...

Masz bardzo ciekawe pomysły. Widzę, że każdego dnia dużo czasu spędzasz na filcowaniu. Jak zwykle czekam na efekt końcowy. Pozdrawiam


Karolina Zienkiewicz said...

P.S. czy znasz jakieś Panie, które zajmują się filcowaniem z Norwegii?

Truly Myrtle said...

I love these! I rather fancy a bag like this myself. I MUST have a go at felting soon. I'm doing a handmade wardrobe series at the moment, it's a great excuse to try new things - I can smell a felted bag on the horizon. I will probably ask you some questions?!

Jocelyn said...

You sure have a way with wool! Another amazing project.

Laura said...

They look great! What manly things will/are being stored inside?

Rachel said...

That felt creates a lovely graphic design!

Heather Woollove said...

Karolina--Thank-you.
I don't think I know any Norwegian feltmakers, sorry.
TM-You are very welcome to e-mail me with questions any time. woollove-fiberart(at)hotmail(dot)com
Jocelyn--Thank-you!!
Laura--Hahaha...I don't know. They're really only 'manly' because I gave them as Christmas gifts to two men that I work with. I think they'd be quite nice for either gender! :)
Rachel--There'a another project coming up soon that has the same 'look', but without the commercial felt.