Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Fraternal Twin" Sample Totes- Part 1 of 2 (Landscapes)

Laying out merino roving...

...in complementary colors...


                                                      ...and wetting it out...



                                ...then rolling it 'just enough' to make 3 soft pre-felts.



                                  Overlapping layers of color in organic shapes...

                                          ...to mimic a mountain landscape.



                              Covering the pre-felt with layers of wool roving...

                             ...and adding a bright pop of color at the bag edge.



                          Overlapping horizontal strips of pre-felt to suggest rock formations.



                               Wrapping the dark wool 'rays' from side one to side two...



                         ...and covering the second side with layers of merino roving.
     

                                                  Mid-way through felting...

                                        ...the project is turned right-side out...

                                      ...curved slits are made for the handles...

                                              ...and the felting is completed.



                                                 The finished tote (front)...



                                                       ...and striated back.



                                       Using handmade pre-felts in three colors...

                      ...I endeavored to make two radically different sample totes.

                                     This first tote is rather underwhelming...

          ...since the shapes and color-blending on side one are not very appealing.

                                (I do rather like the color striations on side two, though!)

                                      Next time: using the same pre-felt colors...

                                     ...plus a different base wool and design...

                                           ...I get a startlingly new look! :)

4 comments:

Rachel said...

I agree - the striations look very much like rock layers - very much like layers of sandstone in the cliffs near my parents' home.

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel-It sounds like your visits 'home' are scenic and lovely!

Sandra Knapp said...

Like those colors. Another success eh?

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Sandie! (The next one is better, though!)
:)