Wet Felting a Wedding Purse
It snowed the other day and we’ve been stuck in the house bordered. My felting (studio) is in the garage so felting in the winter is slim. I’ve tired to add space heaters but it always blows the fuse. I am so excited because there is a huge possibility that I will be purchasing a prebuilt building to go in the back of my grandmother/mothers backward and have my studio there. It will be a 4 season building with lots of Windows – I just love sun rooms so I will be in my glory, if I am blessed enough to have this building become a reality instead of a dream and hope.
So tonight I knew I couldn’t make anything to to large so I thought that making a purse would be doable. It didn’t take me long it was a lot of fun just throwing things together. The most time consuming part was the beading but other than that it was fun a easy to mix all the textures together.
I used a mixed breed natural roving for the base. I then used my Ashford blending board to blend the embellishment fibers- firestar,silk(tussah-mulberry-brick),nubs,Angelina, all un-dyed. . Took it off the blending board and stretched it out on top of my base layer of fibers. I then added beaded silk appliqués, novelty yarns,lace,silk hankies and extra mulberry silk throughout.
Wetting down the project with boiling hot soapy water- tried my best to no get it all over the floor…failed miserably lol
Adding plastic screen- once wet I added a plastic screen on top of the project. I do like using the screen opposed to curtain or tulle. It doesn’t stick a such, if your working with dead fibers there is no dye bleeding into the tulle potentially having the possibility to ruin the next project you work on. The screen makes it easy for your hands to glide across without friction and if any fibers get stuck in between the wholes it’s nothing t get them out, where as netting s a nightmare!!! I always end up throwing it out because I can’t get them all off. It’s one of the most frustrating things lol
I then rolled it up and began my rolling 100x each direction. Then tossed it into the dryer for 25 mins(no heat).
Completely felted and fulled-After rolling and throwing to full the felted piece this is what it turned out to:
I have added a few pictures of a purse I made a few weeks back. The felted piece that I made will turn out similar to the purse in the next pictures. In some of the pictures I have the felted piece I made underneath the purse so you can see the resemblance between the two.. The flower and other embellishments I add on after I sew the felted piece on to the purse frame. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!