http://www.feltcrafts.com/. After needle felting I rolled the pieces - wet and soapy - on the rolling machine. Then they tumbled in the dryer - again wet and soapy. I had 7 pieces of felt and I dyed each a different color. Then I wrapped or otherwise folded the pieces to achieve different resist effects. They were then all dyed in the same dye bath - a brownish color.
The bag is lined and leather is sewn on one side of the strap.
The bag is currently on sale at the Tactile Arts Center in Denver Colorado at the 5th Annual "Member Showcase"
Sunday, November 20, 2011
|Me and Susan|
|brown needle felt on left, grey needle felt on right. Test sample in middle.|
In my new quest to learn all I can about sewing and fashion so I can use my hand made felt for garments, I attended a 4 day workshop in San Marcos, California put on by Cochenile Designs. http://www.cochenille.com/
The retreat focused on creative design for sewers and knitters. Anna Walden, a knitwear designer and Susan Lazear - Professer of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego were the instructors. I took copious notes and many pictures and came away with a new appreciation and understanding, (though just scratching the surface), of garment design. We spent a day in the LA garment district and visited Beverly Hills - Rodeo Drive and a highlight was the "Il Teatro alla Moda" Theatre in Fashion, an exhibition of the theatrical costumes from Italy's world famous haute couture designers.
|Missoni - made for the World Cup|
|Ballet and Opera costumes|
|Button selection at Mood Fabrics|
|LA Garment District|
I was very happy to have my submission to the 8th International Shibori Symposium accepted. It is a bolero made from hand made merino wool felt, shibori dyed with resist techniques and immersion dyed. The title is "Russet Bolero. Here is the link to the Conference: 8iss.wordpress.com