Monday, February 10, 2014

'Constellation' Purse- Part 1 of 2

Laying out snippets of pre-felt made from Finn wool...


                                ...and covering them with layers of a cotton-dot-studded wool batt.


                            Making an interior pocket (alas, this is later hidden by a fabric lining).


                                                                   The finished bag...


                                              ...drying in our rug studio this past summer...


                                                                 ...at Felter's Fling.


                                                            Blocked and drying after rinsing.


                                           Every one of these pre-felt pieces 'popped off' during felting!


                                  During my down time at the end of a rug class this summer...

                           ...I decided to 'test drive' one of the extra Finn wool pre-felts I had made...

                                          ...by trying it in another kind of project, altogether.

                               For the rug, the pre-felts needed to be very well felted to keep their shape...

                               ...but since the rest of the rug was also made from Finn wool...

                                                     ...they easily felted right in!

                            This was not the case with this project (made with less aggressive wool)...

                    ...and many of them never fully attached to the purse during the felting process.                                                                  
     
                                                           Next time: the finished bag...

                                                            ...with a fun fabric lining!

           

5 comments:

Vilt à la Kim said...

you and bags are a combination ;-)

Heather Woollove said...

Hahaha, Kim--I DO love them!! :)

Rachel said...

Isn't it interesting to see how differently the various types of wool behave!

FeltersJourney said...

Enough dots stayed on to look bloomin' good though! Looking forward to seeing the finished item :) xx

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel-Always! That's why I work with lots of different kinds of roving.
Deborah-The gaps turned it into a 'constellation'...and I like it even better for their absence! :) (happy accident)