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231  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felted handbag :) on: August 24, 2004 09:01:21 PM
INSANELY durable Smiley
There are different ways of felting.  You can knit with wool and then 'fell' it in hot water (in essense, when you shrink a wool sweater in the washer, it has been felted), you can needle felt it, or you can wet felt it. 

Because the raw wool fibers are naturally barbed, when you work them together...especially with hot water, they lock together.  When starting with my raw rovings, my piece is 2/3's bigger than the finished project, and at least 4 times thicker.  Once the air is removed and the fibers are fulled, you have a sturdy, strong piece of fabric. 

Traditional mongolian tribes felt large pieces to construct their yurts, for carpets and many cultures use felt for clothing and especially hats Smiley
232  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felted handbag :) on: August 24, 2004 08:13:16 PM
Wow!  What an inspiring bunch!  A friend pointed me in the direction of your site last week and I kid you not, I spent 2 entire days sitting on my arse surfing this site  Tongue Grin

Between raising my kids (2 sons and 2 stepsons) I have really neglected my artistic/crafty side, but after seeing some of your faboo projects I felt really drawn to get back into it.  I made one of those snazzy record album bowls, drilled holes in sea shells to be strung as chimes (have to find some great driftwood to hang them on still, and picked up a pillowcase to make a skirt out of...but when it comes down to it my one true love is fibers/textiles Smiley

Last night I pulled out my wool rovings (carded wool) and tried my hand at wet felting.  I am successful at dry felting, but my one attempt at wet felting was a miserable failure.  I did some research, pulled out my books and VIOLA!  Here is my finished project!  Raw fibers to a finished project...what a fabulous feeling!

Bag front

Bag back


This bag is handbag sized...but I can't decide if it is going to be a 'functional' or art piece LOL

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