Fininshing the Unfinished

February 12, 2009

This purse began as  an investigation of creating a space using a resist method. The handle is mixed hues of yellow and oranges. It is lined with a tobacco colored damask synthetic to  finish  the inside of the bag.  The added flap is attached by  dry needle felting,and a decorative blanket stitch embroidery assists in anchoring to the bag. The flap serves as a closure assisted by the weight of the decorative vintage buttons, there are six total:  the amber colored is sewn inside the brass one. I squared the bottom and so chipboard was added to encourage the shape.  Sparingly stitching outlines some of the shape created by the various colors,   using  German rayon thread.  The purpose of the purses was not the end result but to help me  perfect the idea of creating a void or a pocket within a piece of wool.  I am developing a  larger art wool piece that  will require various felting processes.. that is all I will divulge at this time.

Over all the yummy softness with this wool is the appeal with along side the blending of  various colors.

The dimensions 8.5 inches wide x 8 inches high. Buttons are 1.25 inches in diameter.

I have a friend whose house reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.  Every nook and cranny is highly animated and fun. She loves to have tea parties, so these whimiscal napkins were made for her.  I have had them for 3 years waiting for the right projects. They are a satin weave but are 55% cotton and 45% rayon (for the sheen).  The process is dyed, discharged dyed,  dye thickened with sodium alginate/urea and hand stamped with sponge heart and metal X & O. Then, processed for 48 hours to set the dye at the end they are machine washed and dried.


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