Things must be improving because I've actually been feeling creative again.. feeling inspired to felt and sew. Since it's been ages since I blogged about anything but our beech tree :) I'm going to save my latest stuff - the stuff I felt really 'inspired' to do - for a future post.
I'm starting with what I did in August.. there were masses of gorgeous summer flowers everywhere I looked, so decided to make a couple of bags with a floral theme.. Both sides of both bags have flowers.
|Silk fibre, curly locks and prefelt for the floral design|
|This was to be a deep tote|
|I added an extra resist piece to form a gusset at the bottom|
|The gusset at the bottom makes it roomier |
and allows it to stand unsupported.
This one was white Falkland inside and dyed merino outside, see how the white has crept through
|I lined the handle area with a pretty Kaffe Fasset print cotton fabric|
adding a piping edge to the pockets in the same.
Finished with a magnetic popper closure (the stitch on sort)
The second bag is a base of natural brown British wools (mostly from fleeces I've cleaned and carded).
|Black Shetland lamb, Black Welsh and the darkest brown parts of a Jacobs|
again with silk fibre, curly locks and prefelt for the design
|This one has tabs at the top for attaching the handle|
|The handle is a strong felted cord - with a metal ring felted into either end.|
The metal rings were then threaded onto the tabs which are turned over and
stitched securely down.
|This style lends itself to sewing a zip across the top :)|
AND they both made it onto my Etsy shop too :) can't be bad.