More hidden texture

This is the shape of bag I set out to create but not the colours! It just seemed a good idea to set myself an extra challenge to make this bag using nothing except what was in my cupboard. After laying down two layers of Blue faced Leicester wool I searched around for texture I could hide between the layers.

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The felt cord had been hanging around for several years but I knew it would come in handy sometime and imagine my delight when it did! There was also discs of pref-felt and felt balls I could use. How is it that it’s absolutely ages since I made any felt balls and yet I always seem to have some hanging about.

Having found my texture and discovered just how many pre-felt pieces I had in the cupboard I decided that the outer layers of wool would be pre-felt. This has the added advantage of helping to trap the texture without the fibres slipping and revealing what’s beneath. We begin with a view of the back.

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You can see the odd shaped pre-felt pieces, I rather like them. The felt cord handle was made separately and then stitched on afterwards with yarn. I wanted the stitches to be seen and form part of the texture of the bag. Now we have the front.

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I know it’s busy and it shouldn’t work but I think it does and somehow this bag has snook ito my affections.

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All pre-felts on the front too. The handle curls around a pre-felt which is hiding a felt ball and you can clearly see how large a texture using the sturdy cords between the layers has created.

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There’s another felt ball for a fastening, this time passing through a cut in the felt. There are two inner pockets and the flower decoration was also found in my pre-felt bag. I believe someone started it at a workshop, fell out of love with it and I squirrelled it away for later. Just loving the extra dimension it adds.

I wonder if anyone has spotted that this bag and the one I showed yesterday were actually created on the same resist. It just goes to show that how you remove your felt from the resist has a huge impact on the shape.

 

Hidden texture handbag

This is one of my samples for the workshop I’m teaching this coming Friday – hidden textures. You could use the technique to make any items like cushions, pictures and scarves and of course, bags. I love texture and usually add it to the outside of items but in this instance it’s created by adding it in the middle of the layers.

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After covering the resist with two layers of fibre I briefly worked it until it became a soft pre-felt. Then I’ve added the texture, in this instance wool cord and wool balls chopped in half. Then the whole lot was covered with two further layers of fibre before felting and fulling.

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This  bag is made from Blue Faced Leicester wool with an interior pocket and a long strap which I felted seperately and fastened through a tiny cut hole after felting. The knot in the strap adds to the texture. The next photo is my favourite.

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It was quite hard to get a good photo of the texture for you.

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The fastening is made from a felt ball and a handmade wool cord. I left the ends of the cord open and needle felted them onto the flap of the bag before refelting to ensure it’s absolutely secure. I should have a second bag up for you to see tomorrow.