Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Two-Faced" Cracked Earth Tote- Part 6

Small, sharp scissors and a chopstick...


                                                 ...are carefully employed...



                                       ...to gain access to the painters' tape resist.



                                                        As the tape grid...



                                                           ...is displaced...



                                      ...the textured surface of the felt is revealed.



                                         When the tote is turned to the 'lacy' side...



                                                      ...special care is taken...



                                        ...to follow each and every turn and twist...



                                                    ...of the detailed resist...



                                                          ...during removal.



                                                  The 'resist-less' tote, resting...



                                                ...in preparation for final felting.



                                                   Next time: the bag is fulled...

                                               ...and a leather strap is attached.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Two-Faced" Cracked Earth Tote- Part 5

As the felting progresses...



                                                  ...the wool begins to shrink...



                                                       ...and become firmer.



                            The tote is placed in various orientations during felting...



                                                     ...including inside-out...



                                               ...to help ensure even shrinkage.



                                                You'll notice that during felting...



                                 ...the dark under-layers of merino and hairy wool...

                                             ...migrate through the white merino...



                                          ...and change it to a heathery brown.



                                     The wool that is placed atop the 'lacy' resist...    



                                                   ...and the painters' tape...



                                                          ...remains white...

                                 ...(because no fibers are able to migrate through it).



                                            When the project is fairly well felted...

                       ...a chopstick and pair of small, sharp scissors are employed.



                                                     Details next time! :)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Two-Faced" Cracked Earth Tote- Part 4

Making a grid with painters' tape...


                                                         ...and covering it...



                                             ...with layers of white merino.



                                                     Wetting out the project...



                                                    ...and flipping it over.



                              Covering the 'lacy' side with additional layers of wool...



                                        ...and gently rubbing the project surface.



                                                    As the felting progresses...



                    ...the design of the resist becomes visible as a raised element.



                                               After flipping the project over...



                                                     ...felting continues...



                                       ...and the relief of the painters' tape grid...

                                                      ...is also slowly revealed.



                                           Next time: felting continues in earnest.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"Two-Faced" Cracked Earth Tote- Part 3

The 'lacy' resist...


                                        ...is covered with a layer of white merino...



                                                          ...and wetted out.



                                           After flipping the project to side two...

                         ...the overhanging wool at the mouth of the bag is folded in... 



            ...and the white wool from side one is folded up and around the resist.



                                              Layers of dark roving are added...



                                                          ...and wetted out...



                                         ...and lengths of variegated wool yarn...



                                           ...are applied to the project surface.




                         The pieces of yarn are covered with strips of painters' tape...

                                                      ...except at the very ends. 



                                                 Next time: I make a tape grid.

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Two-Faced" Cracked Earth Tote- Part 2

Applying a layer of silk gauze...

...to the surface of a bubble wrap pocket resist.


                                         Folding down the top (for a neat edge)...

                                ...and covering the silk with layers of wool roving...



                                   ...leaving the top edge of the bubble wrap bare.



                                            After flipping the project to side two...



              ...the pocket is placed wool-side down on the surface of the bag resist...



                               ...and the whole shebang is covered with 'hairy' wool.



                                                    Wetting the project out...



                                        ...and adding an additional layer of wool...



                         ...and a layer of silk gauze at the top (for 'handle support').



                           Folding in the overhanging wool at the mouth of the bag...



                              ...and covering the project surface with merino wool...



                                                   ...in a slightly darker color.



                                    Centering the lacy resist on the project surface.



                                             Next time: layers of white wool are added.