Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Rescued" Purse- Part 2 of 4

Wrapping pre-felt squares (from the reverse side)...

...around the resist edge to the front, then wetting them out.

(The resist's 'flanged' bottom...

...will provide extra room in the finished purse.)


                               Adding the second layer of fabric (design-side down)...



                                       ...and covering it with layers of wool roving.



                                        Placing two layers of commercial pre-felt...

                                           ...onto the extended purse bottom...



                                                     ...and wetting them out.



                                     Flipping the project back to the original side...



                   ...and covering the whole shebang with layers of corriedale roving...

                                  ...from my friend, Cathy Bickell's lovely sheep.


                                          After flipping the project once again...

                                           ...I fold in the rays of brown wool...



                                ...and cover side two with corriedale roving, as well.



                                                    Mid-way through felting.            

                 (Note: a thin sheet of plastic was used to keep the extra bottom flap...

                                 ...from felting into the body of the bag as I worked.)          



                                        Next time: my nuno catastrophe is revealed...

                                       ...and I start to do something about it! :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Rescued" Purse- Part 1 of 4


Assembling the necessary materials...

...(among them, a printed and sequined cotton skirt...

...and a piece of bright red commercial pre-felt).


                            Tracing around the resist (on the wrong side of the fabric)...


                                                  ...to make a cutting line.


                                                Drafting a paper template...

                                                ...for the purse bottom.


                                       Placing pre-felt squares against the resist...


                                       ...and under the 'design side' of the fabric.


                    Covering the project with a layer of Salt Spring Island wool roving...


                                           ...from my sweet friend, Fiona.


                                                  Wetting out the project...


                                                  ...and flipping it to side two.


                                       Sorting through my fabric stash, recently...

                                 ...I found a skirt that I had worn in 'another life'. :)

                                   Thinking that it might make an interesting bag...

                                      ...I decided to try nuno felting with it!  

                                             I soon discovered, however...

                                  ...that this project had a 'mind of its own'!! 

                         Next time: I cover the extended bag bottom with pre-felt.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Striped Yarn Sample Tote

Winding wool and silk blend yarn...

...loosely around the resist...


                           ...then covering side one with variegated wool roving.


                                            After flipping the project to side two...


                                           ...additional layers of roving are added.


                                           The top of the project is folded down...

                                                    ...to make a distinct edge.


                                                     Mid-way through felting...


                                                    ...the resist is removed.


                                         The piece is then turned right side out...
  

                                       ...and 'U'-shaped slits are cut for the handle.


                                                  The finished tote (front)...


                                                               ...and back.


                                                 If all things go as planned...

                       ...I'll be teaching an "Inside-Out" Wet-Felted Mini Tote Class...

                                            ...in Minnesota this September.

                                    Both this tote and this recent one...

                              ...were made as 'concept samples' for my class...

         ...and I'll have quite a few more finished totes to show you in the coming weeks...

                   ...featuring different felting techniques and design elements.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vintage Sari Silk Nuno Table Runner- Part 2 of 2


                                                       The wetted out project... 



                                                ...and mid-way through felting.



                                               The reverse side of the runner.



                                                Getting ready to full the piece.



                                              The finished table runner, drying...



                                           ...and after pressing with a steam iron.



                   This lovely piece of vintage sari silk was a gift from my friend, Deborah...

                    ...and you can see how easily the fibers migrated through the fabric...


                         ...and how the pre-felt squares melted into it during felting...



                                              ...leaving a nice, flat surface.

                                  (A very important attribute in a table runner!)



                                                    The finished project...

                                              ...soon to be a wedding gift. :)


  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vintage Sari Silk Nuno Table Runner- Part 1 of 2

Using my sari silk as a pattern piece...

...I placed bits of scrap paper under the bubble wrap...

...to function as 'size markers'.


                                                Setting the silk aside for a moment...

                                             ...I laid out my pre-felt design...

                                                ...within the paper borders...



                                                    ...and wetted it out.



                                 Next, I carefully draped the silk over the pre-felt squares...

                                          ...so as not to disturb their placement.
 

                                 The silk was then covered with one layer of variegated roving...



                                                         ...in one direction...



                                ...followed by a second layer, perpendicular to the first.



                                             After wetting out the entire project...

                                      ...the wispy edges were carefully folded in...

                                                 ...to create a neat rectangle.



                                                   Next time: the felting begins!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

"Cast-Offs" Sample Tote


                                                       Inexpensive 'Fishnet' yarn...

                                        ...from an outdoor market in Rotterdam...



                                        ...is anchored by small pieces of pre-felt...



                                            ...and retains its 'freedom of motion'.



                                              Cast-off clumps of fibery leftovers... 



                                        ...are added as wonky embellishments...



                                                       ...purely for fun.

                                     

                                Pieces of wool- and hairy- yarn, partially felted projects...

                                                   ...and tiny pre-felt off-cuts...



                                                     ...all enliven the design.



                                         Because I keep nearly every leftover snippet...

                        ...of fiber, pre-felt, fabric, yarn or finished felt that I use or make...

                               ...I usually have a large bag of odds-and-ends on hand!
                             
                                          This project was a very quick one...

                                       ...made as a sample and a tutorial.

                            Take a peek in your own 'bag 'o leftovers' sometime...

                                ...and see what might become of your scraps! :)