Monday, April 24, 2017

"Two-Faced" Cracked Earth Tote- Part 7

The interior of the bag...


                                             ...and the exterior during fulling.



                                            The grid side of the fully felted bag...



                                                       ...and the 'lacy' side.



                                       The project is stuffed with cloth placemats...



                                                             ...for blocking.



                                       A strip of leather is cut from a large sheet...



                                                     ...fashioned into handles...



                                          ...and stitched to the mouth of the bag.



                                 The finished surface texture on one side of the bag...





                                                         ...and on the other.




                                          Next time: (finally) the finished tote. ;)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Two-Faced" Cracked Earth Tote- Part 6

Small, sharp scissors and a chopstick...


                                                 ...are carefully employed...



                                       ...to gain access to the painters' tape resist.



                                                        As the tape grid...



                                                           ...is displaced...



                                      ...the textured surface of the felt is revealed.



                                         When the tote is turned to the 'lacy' side...



                                                      ...special care is taken...



                                        ...to follow each and every turn and twist...



                                                    ...of the detailed resist...



                                                          ...during removal.



                                                  The 'resist-less' tote, resting...



                                                ...in preparation for final felting.



                                                   Next time: the bag is fulled...

                                               ...and a leather strap is attached.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Two-Faced" Cracked Earth Tote- Part 5

As the felting progresses...



                                                  ...the wool begins to shrink...



                                                       ...and become firmer.



                            The tote is placed in various orientations during felting...



                                                     ...including inside-out...



                                               ...to help ensure even shrinkage.



                                                You'll notice that during felting...



                                 ...the dark under-layers of merino and hairy wool...

                                             ...migrate through the white merino...



                                          ...and change it to a heathery brown.



                                     The wool that is placed atop the 'lacy' resist...    



                                                   ...and the painters' tape...



                                                          ...remains white...

                                 ...(because no fibers are able to migrate through it).



                                            When the project is fairly well felted...

                       ...a chopstick and pair of small, sharp scissors are employed.



                                                     Details next time! :)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Two-Faced" Cracked Earth Tote- Part 4

Making a grid with painters' tape...


                                                         ...and covering it...



                                             ...with layers of white merino.



                                                     Wetting out the project...



                                                    ...and flipping it over.



                              Covering the 'lacy' side with additional layers of wool...



                                        ...and gently rubbing the project surface.



                                                    As the felting progresses...



                    ...the design of the resist becomes visible as a raised element.



                                               After flipping the project over...



                                                     ...felting continues...



                                       ...and the relief of the painters' tape grid...

                                                      ...is also slowly revealed.



                                           Next time: felting continues in earnest.