Wednesday, November 27, 2013

'Sparkling' Wine Tote- Part 1 of 2

Cutting a tote-shaped resist with a lengthwise hole in the center...



...and covering it with wool from one of my handmade art batts.
 
Additional layers are added from a second batt...

...(made with domestic wool roving and green tussah silk).

 
Wetting out side one...

...for a painterly background...

 

...then adding wool from a super sparkly pink art batt...

...(a gift from my friend, Linda Koch).

 
Adding flowers and stems with wool roving and additional tussah silk...

 
...then defining them with pencil roving.



Here's the project after I felted it awhile...

...but before I cut slits for the handles.
 
I've been making a lot of totes this autumn...

...and I wanted to figure out an easy resist design...

...for making a divided wine tote.

This resist is a winner!

By opening it in the center...

...prior to covering it with wool...

...the front and back of the tote fuse together during felting...

...in a wonderful and subtle way.

Looking at the finished, flat totes...

...you would never guess that they open up for 'double duty'!

Next time: the finished tote...

...in all of its sparkling glory! :)

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3 comments:

Sandra Knapp said...

Totes are handy for all kinds of things, and they probably make really nice gifts too. I really like the colors in this one, and those little flowers are adorable. :)

Rachel said...

What a clever idea - a perfect application of felting!

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie-Thanks!
Rachel-I think so, too! :)