Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Spring is still just a glimmer in my imagination, but it is coming! The red oak in the picture hasn't even thought about buds yet. I've started ruffled edge scarves for the next season. All contain merino wool, but yellow and the two with the white centers also contain tussah silk. The black edged one has gray yak fiber mixed in, and the lavender, yellow, and turquoise contain bamboo fiber. All are felted with Dr. Bronner's organic soap.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I've been thinking about spring colors, soft ruffles, and clutch bags in white with bright candy colored pops of color. The bags are going to have cotton batik inside. So far I've only put the materials to make a form to shape the bag on. I did do one pastel ruffled scarf and one bright blue cobweb felt scarf. The pink is merino, bamboo & tussah silk, and the blue is merino & bombyx silk. A yellow ruffled edge scarf is laid out and ready to roll next, and then on to the bags!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
It's been a busy week. I nuno felted another tote bag and found a straw bag at a thrift shop that had great leather handles. They've been repurposed onto my felt tote. The bag is lying in snow, which is probably why I managed to make two scarves and two bags. On the rare occasions it snows in North Texas you may as well stay in because the roads will are terrible.
The bag with the metal handles has the silk nuno felted on the outside so you can see the bead work. Both bags have pockets felted inside.
All of these natural colors in the bags I've made recently had me craving color, so I made one in shades of aqua that shouts. The other one is shibori dyed in an organic green dye.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
This was felted with undyed merino batts on upcycled silk organza. The outside has silk hankies felted in, but the sheen of the silk was lost in all of the wool fiber. The silk hankies are cobweb fine. The strap is a repurposed leather belt laced in place beneath the folded over part. There is almost a pound of wool in this large tote bag!
The lady who bought it is planning to use it as her BSF bag to carry her three ring binder and bible to class.
Monday, January 3, 2011
I didn't originally intend to quilt the polka dots on the bag. The merino wool is nuno felted onto red silk and the red dye ran and tinged the white pink! The pink and brown didn't look very good, so I felted a piece of white with brown polka dots. The dots are the same color brown as the bag, but I put the darker side in to make it look more interesting. But I was afraid the white would slide around if I only sewed the perimeter, so the obvious solution was to quilt each dot, anchoring the white in place.
The handles are belts that have been repurposed into handles.
I like larger bags like this to have a flat bottom so you can set them on the floor without them falling over.