Felted Handbag… Mom Would Be Proud


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All done. My last finish for June.

My mother’s old black wool coat is now my new felted handbag.

From this…

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To this…

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She is probably looking down on me now, smiling… and hopefully saying Job Well Done. 😀


You can read more about this project here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/recycle-9-from-wool-coat-to-felted-handbag/


Linking to…

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/07/linky-party-tuesday.html

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/02/manic-monday-linky-party-41/

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Quilting Done.. My Machine Felted Work Of Art


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I like how this turned out.

My first machine felted work of art. I kind of felt like I was a painter. Beginning with a solid piece of dark wine wool felt. And adding roving, yarn, ribbon wherever I wanted to place it. The felt leaves were added afterwards. They kind of flop. But that is the look I wanted. It is kind of messy looking on the right, but hey, it’s my first. 🙂

I quilted it with 3-D in mind. Going around and around the petals and centers of the petals. And outlined around the flowers. Then I stippled the borders.

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I was undecided on what fabric to use for the binding. Then remembered this fabric with trees that I just bought. I was saving it for something else but guess I can buy more if I need too.

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This is how the back looks. I used the blue linen, same as the borders. You can see the quilting better from the back. It measures 26″ by 28″. Perfect as a wall hanging.

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I have tons of ideas swirling around in my head. One, I want to start on right away. But need to make a trip to the fabric store. I need ivory or cream wool felt for the background. Probably will go tomorrow. And then I need to go to the Janome place. I broke two of the felting needles. 😦

I hope I get better at it as I go. Practice, practice.


Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-ive-got-my-work.html

Recycle #9: From Wool Coat To Felted Handbag


When my dear mother passed away last year one month before her 90th birthday, I got all of her coats. All of them. Furs, leather, cloth and wool. She LOVED nice things and loved to dress up.

For now, they are stored in a closet and I enjoy opening the closet doors to look, touch and admire them. No decisions have been made yet. On what I will do with them. Except for two wool coats. One black and one burgundy. From the wear and tear, it was obvious those two were her favorites. Her Go-To-Coats.

At first, I had them in a pile to donate. They still have a few years of wear left. Then I thought why not recycle them. Yes!! That is what I would do.

So.. I started with the black coat.

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I removed all buttons and started ripping open the seams taken care not to cut into the leather around the shoulders.

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I harvested the largest pieces I could. This is one of them.

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And got started machine felting.

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This is how it looks now.

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Sides tucked in so I can see how it will look when sewn. One of my mom’s vintage brooches sits in the center. Hmmm. I may have found a use for one of her many rhinestone jewelry pieces.

I have enough cut wool to make several handbags and clutches. Recycling is fun and GREEN.

What have you recycled lately?

Machine Felting: Petals And Leaves At Play…


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Introducing my Janome Xpression Felting Machine. Oh, you have seen it before. Several times. But this time you get a bonus. You get to see what I MADE with it!!

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It has been so long that I don’t even remember when I bought it. I am thinking about five years ago. Worth every penny I paid.

I finally cracked open the manual. Read the few pages of instruction. Mostly the manual told me about the tools that came with the Felting Machine. I didn’t see them the two times I took the machine out of the box to photograph it. Ah. Inside the removable arm thingy. 5 needle cartridge, a single needle cartridge, 3 extra needles, two screwdrivers and a cleaning brush. Plus a one hole felting plate. All there. Thank goodness!!

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Even a DVD came with it. I watched it twice and got started.

Machine felting is so easy. A baby could do it. Within less than a minute I was going at top speed. It is all done by pushing whatever I pile on top down into the fabric on the bottom. Preferably wool felt, denim, something sturdy as the base fabric.

I made this first.

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This is the back. Even pretty and usable from this side. I think I will make it into a necklace.

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It was too easy. So I decided I had enough practice. And started on a larger piece. No clue where I was going with it. I was thinking, clean slate, just start laying pieces.

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I had plenty to chose from. Felt from my macrame projects.

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Yarn from my stash.

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These came from Salvation Army’s Thrift Store. 25 cents each. What a deal steal!!

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And roving. Which I bought a couple years ago.

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Immediately after starting and taking the first photograph, I knew I should have selected a different base color. Oh well. I tried to brighten it up by adding white and bright colors.

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I just kept adding stuff.

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See my leaves. They are just halfway pushed into the felt. I gave them a tug to see if they would pull out. Nope. They are in there tight.

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For border #1 I used avocado wool felt. For border #2, I used this linen/linen look fabric I got from Salvation Army’s Thrift shop.

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Now I have to decide how to finish off the back.

I am sorry it took me so long to try machine felting. My lost. Just think what I could have accomplished by now. Clean up is a breeze. Open the trap door. Remove the lint collected.

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I have loads of ideas. Embellished fronts for handbags. More wall hangings. Baskets. And somehow I will incorporate felting into my quilting.

I guess I won’t be needing this.

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LOL!! No since mailing this off now. Janome has since switched out this model for something else. It is a good thing, too, that it works just as it is supposed to. 😀


Guess what? Another project comes off the MAY To-Do list. (I will keep plugging along until they are all finished.)


Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-ive-got-my-work.html