Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Addition-Noil" Tote With Flowers- Part 1 of 2

Pieced silk noil fabric is cut to size...
                                

                                              ...using my resist as a template.



                                          Each side of the resist is then covered...

                                     

                                                 ...with two layers of wool roving.



                                           The fabric is placed on side one...



                                 ...and a painter's tape grid is applied to its surface.



                                An additional two layers of roving are then added...

                                   ...carefully keeping the tape tips free of wool.



                                Flower 'blobs' are prepared from short fiber merino...



                               ...and a rounded glass nugget is centered on each one.



                                        The flowers are 'outlined' in pencil roving...



...and the glass pieces are covered with more short fiber merino.


                                                  Sorry for the outrageous pun...

                                ...but having blogged about another silk noil project  recently...

                             ...this had to be an "addition-noil" one, didn't it?!? :)

                                              I actually made this tote first...

                 ...and refined my technique for the 'noil and nepps' version.

                             Next time: I'll show you how it all goes 'pear-shaped' for a bit...

                                                     ...and then the 'fix'.      

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Heart and 'Thumbprint' Sample Tote- Part 2 of 2

Mid-way through felting...


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



                                      ...and a 'U'-shaped slit is cut into each side...



                                                         ...to form a handle.



                                                           During felting...

                             ...the knitted heart has 'become one' with the pre-felt...



                          ...and the silk and wool yarn has melted into the bag beautifully.


                                                   The finished tote (side one)...



                                     ...and a close-up of the felted heart.


                                           Side two with its 'thumbprint' stitching...



                           ...and a closer look at the variegated yarn colourway.



                                       I like that there's a small shock of green...

                                ...when you catch a glimpse of the bag's interior...



                                           ...and the multicolored dots of yarn...

                                                     ...really make me smile.


                                         Next time: the first of two tote projects...

                         ...which were actually made right-side out for a change!! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heart and 'Thumbprint' Sample Tote- Part 1 of 2

Cutting two layers of commercial pre-felt...

...into the shape of my resist...


                         ...then removing a heart-shaped section from one of them.



                          Using a piece of a discarded, open-weave knit sweater...



                               ...and a length of variegated wool and silk blend yarn...



                                ...I pin a 'sweater insert' to the opening in the pre-felt...



                                         ...and carefully stitch it into place.



                                                 The back side (with knots).


                                             
   
                                                On the second piece of pre-felt...

                                               ...more variegated yarn is used...



                                           ...to gently stitch a motif into the felt.



The finished design elements (front sides)...


                                                            ...and backs.



                                   Placing the 'good side' face down on the resist...

                                       ...covering it with a layer of wool roving...



                                           ...and flipping the project to side two.



                                   After repeating the process with the heart piece...



                                  ...layers of wool roving are added to the project...



                                       ...the tote top is turned down for neatness...



                                                       ...and felting is begun.



                                               Next time: the finished tote.

                                

           

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Silk Noil and Wool Nepps Sample Tote- Part 2 of 2

Mid-way through felting...


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



                                                 ...and the resist is removed.



                                                  A slit is cut on each side...



                                     ...and the flaps are tucked up into the handles...

                                               ...(to provide extra cushioning).



                                                    As the felting continues...

                                      ...the silk fabric begins to pucker and ruch



                                                         The finished tote...



                             ...and a close-up of the pencil roving and dyed nepps.



                                       The highly textured pre-felt and fabric side.



                                                 The finished tote (side one)...



                                                         ...and side two.