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« on: March 25, 2006 06:30:21 PM »

I'm taking a color class at a quilt shop, but I don't quilt, so I've been making felt stuff instead.  This month was "monochromatic", so I mixed up some green dye and dyed some corriedale and mohair in different shades of green.  I wet felted the corriedale into the bag base, plus felted some strands and braided them for the handle. Then I laid the mohair on the outside of the bag, needled it just to hold in place, and wet felted again.  Fuzzy!

The color scheme was inspired by this moss:
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/moss.jpg
Here is the bag in various stages of focus/flash:
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/mossbag1.jpg
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/mossbag2.jpg

Last month was "neutrals", and I made a wet felted wallhanging with all sorts of stuff, including hemp top and silk tussah.
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/winterfelt.jpg

Some nuno felted leaves that I want to applique onto a boring coat, but haven't gotten around to it yet:
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/feltleaves.jpg
The backing is cotton gauze, and I needle felted yarn for the leaf veins.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2006 04:39:05 AM »

Wow!  everything is so cool.  The nuno-felt leaves are awesome, they look so real.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2006 06:31:43 AM »

Wow, you're work is great!  Your leaves look so real!
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2006 04:10:53 PM »

Ooh, another nature lover!  Cheesy

I love your bag. Layering the different greens for the body of the bag, definately lends itself to a 'mossy' texture.
The way you've used the silk in the wall hanging, gives the feel of frost on the ground.
I've bought carded silk to use, but I'm too nervous to try it.

Those leaves though, are simply amazing! At first I thought they were actual leaves that inspired you intil I noticed the leaf on the left that's folded over. Did you blend your colors needle-felting? or did you dye them that way? You've inspired me to try felt something as realistic as that.
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2006 06:18:38 AM »

I too was totally looking for the felted leaves  Smiley  Those are amazing!  and the purse is beautiful.  I love the inspiration and the finished bag.  beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2006 11:22:13 AM »

 I am amazed and inspired!
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2006 06:10:06 PM »

Thanks everyone!

Jane Doe,  the leaves were made with three wool colors: primary yellow, orange, and dark red. I only used two layers of roving over the cotton gauze and just used a gradation of the colors.  The lower layer came through the top layer pretty well, so they blended together. I don't have a carder, or I would have tried blending the rovings together. I made rectangles of the felt by wet-felting, then cut out the leaf shapes, and then needle felted the yarn veins on top. 
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2006 06:14:30 PM »

the leaves are magnificent!!!
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