Saturday, December 24, 2011

Felted Wool Purse

I have spent some time playing with felting recently and came up with this purse which incorporates both needle felting and wet felting.

The background of the purse is black wool melton to which I needle felted some luscious plum and grey wool and silk roving ... leaving it trailing off into soft wisps. Next I used my sewing machine and black thread to free motion stitch a design over the felted fibres as well as the background. I added a few lines of iridescent thread drifting across the bag as well. In the next step I needle felted some pieces of hand dyed, hand spun yarn that I had been given by a spinning friend ... I love the thick and thin areas of the yarn as well as the little knobs that form where some of the thin areas twist on themselves. I didn't want to flatten the yarn too much so it is lightly felted and then I included a few judicious hand stitches (and a sprinkling of beads)to make sure that it holds in place. The back side of the bag has been created in the same way.

I wanted to make a jazzy flower for the lower corner of the bag so I set to work and made some wet felted balls from plum wool and from the wool/silk fibre ... I also made a few worm-y shaped pieces which I curled up a bit before letting them dry. These pieces were assembled to create the gorgeous flower, adorned with beads that graces the front of the bag.

This purse is lined with hand dyed fabric in plum and blue/grey tones and it has a zipper closure across the top with a wool tassel. The strap is cotton webbing that has been securely stitched to each side of the bag. The bag measures approximately 8.5" x 10" with a 17" drop from shoulder to bag.

This bag will be inspiration for a class that I will teach this spring, but in the meantime, this one might end up in my Etsy shop.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Clergy Stole

This is a custom stole that I made recently for someone who will be ordained to the priesthood soon . . . It was created with the theme of the Shuswap (the lake, mountains, trees) but also with predominately green colours as it will be used during "green" liturgical seasons.

After much hunting for the "right" green background fabric, I was delighted to locate the one I used which has an underlying brown thread in the green ... it works really well with the landscape theme that I was using. The landscape itself has been created from pieces of cotton fabric ... both hand painted and commercial ... and, although the two sides of the front of the stole are similar, they are not identical.

At the back of the neck there is an appliqued cross with an arch on each side, reminiscent of St. Francis' Chapel, the outdoor chapel at Sorrento Centre.