Monday, 22 April 2013

Felt and Stitch.

I am loving making felt but will always feel the urge to stitch on all my work. There is nothing that I enjoy as much as the feel of needle and thread...

I made my first felted beret this week in a workshop with the lovely Julie Bowen. Her instructions were clear and concise and her work was a true inspiration.

After a couple of  hours I managed to finish most of the initial layers of wool and silk fibres. Time ran out in class so I've finished the felting process at home.

Here is the finished beret with some hand stitching,
 I am pleased with the way it turned out although I need more practise so  will be making more...


It goes perfectly with this spotty fabric... so a bag was needed, a quick and easy make that's light and easy to carry.


 
                                                 This is the label for my new collections.

                                                            '' Raggle Taggle Gyspy''


I had just enough of the yellow merino tops along with some silk waste,
 chiffon sari silk ribbons and bamboo fibre to make this journal cover.

                                             
                                adding beads and stitching really finishes it off...............


                                                           
                                          Inside are five blank signatures just waiting to be filled.


                 
  and to finish, I used some of my sample pieces of felt to make these brooches.
                                   
 The blue is indigo dyed with a resist, a fabulous process that I really loved.    
 The orange leaf is my first attempt at eco-dyeing using eucalyptus leaves

 I stiffened the felt a little and needed to create a firm backing to hold the brooch pin but I've solved  the puzzle of ''how to'' and will be making more soon..

                           I'm learning so much, expanding my knowledge and loving it!!!!

                                                 Have a fun and creative week
                                                                xox Angela.


9 comments:

Anni - Fabric and Mixed Media Art said...

So many beautiful creations Angela, fantastic baret, love your different works, thanks for sweet comment, yes it is so fun to learn new things.
Hugs Anni

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Gorgeous creations Angela! You always make such lovely items!

Dotty Dolly said...

They are great Angela, really love the hat!

suziqu's thread works said...

You have created such a gorgeous felt beret with your new found experiments. I loved how you have embroidered and stitched the top.
The journal cover is also beautiful and I love the shape of it. Great that you have included some sari silk too.
I have made a felted bag some years back and, although I did enjoy it, I did find it time consuming but I have to say I really love love using felt and hand made felt is so very different.
Beautiful work Angela and thanks for your very kind comment on my new fabric and lace book.
Hugs to you dear friend,
Suzy

Dorthe said...

Dear Angela,
I truly love your beret, and cover/wrap in felt- so beautifully embroidered ,and the wool colours are wonderful.
Also so sweet is your bag, to wear with the beret- fitting elegantly together!
Also wonderful label for your collection-playful and sweet.
Hugs,Dorthe

lynn cockrell said...

Angela, all these creations are so pretty. I especially like the little purse with the polka-dots.

Jillayne said...

That journal cover is simply amazing! I love all your work, but that is just perfection...

Terri said...

Oh these are amazing! I am loving all of them and really am taken with your journal cover. It is super creative!
Hugs,
Terri

Tammy said...

Hi Angela, so many lovely projects here. Certainly looks like you are enjoying felting, and course, nothing would be complete with your added stitching and embellishments. Seems that you are keeping yourself extra busy. That's the way it is here at the moment -- but I'm not keeping busy with crafting, just the every day stuff of life. :) Best wishes, Tammy