Thursday, September 28, 2006

Felt Bags

Recently I've done a couple of felt bags. I really love to work with fleece and see the result of water, heat and agitation. It's amazing to see what happens.
The first one I did was the "Chicken Skin" bag, as my daughter refers to it. She thinks it looks like a dead chicken. The Feltmakers Ireland Guild was gifted 50 kilos of fibre from a sock knitting company in Dingle. We were all given the opportunity to dig in and use as much as we wanted. Fibre varied from 100% wool (super wash) to wool/synthetic blends. It all needed an under layer of merino to adhere the sock fibre to it. I used a resist on the inside and garbage bin bag for the resist in the handle. It has a cream coloured flap and some leather trim which came from elbow batches. I couldn't find any source for leather pieces in Dublin, so you have to be resourceful. It's a good size and I like the roughness of it.

The second was a brown base with some contrasting red and beige. I did some pre-felt (under cooked felt) pieces and applied them before finishing the felting process. The handles and button clasp was applied at the pre-felt stage too. After the piece was felted, I stitched it randomly with metallic thread and made a button. Sewing the sides and button on, completed the bag. I was really pleased. I'd like to make a large bag with the red and brown combo. I found some beautiful ribbon that has red poppies and a brown background.

4 comments:

Cheryl said...

Have seen the dead chicken bag...very cute with way cool texture! And love the red/brown combo...

Leigh said...

Your bags are lovely! You seem to have an amazing talent for them.

Diane said...

wow!! great combination of colours with the brown and red. as for the dead chicken bag....LOL

Sharon in Ireland said...

Holly, the bags are truely gorgeous, well done on the felting.