November 13, 2004

Fun with Felting

I have some finished objects to report — well, some are almost finished. First, the mittens to match the tam are done and delivered to Tyla:


Next, I did felt the bags — successfully. The washer is still working, and the bags are definitely fulled:


There’s still some finishing work to be done. I want to put snap closures on the little partitioned bag (pattern here); my favourite part about this bag is the partition inside:


I’m trying to decide whether to put a snap closure on the Chicago Blue Line bag (pattern here) or not. I do need to sew a button onto the little orange bag. And I have to put grommets in and attach the straps to the tote. So, in other words, none of the bags is actually completely finished, but I’m happy with how they’ve turned out so far.

A note about felting in a front-loading machine: as you can see, they felted fine — but I think it took longer than it would have with a top-loader. Also, my machine only allows me to open the door (even when the cycle is stopped) during the agitation phase, which I only found out after I’d let it go on to the cold rinse (I like the alternation of hot and cold for felting). So I had to let the whole cycle run, including the spinning; this did produce a few creases in the bags, but they were pretty easy to smooth out, and aren’t noticeable after blocking. But it’s definitely possible to felt in a front-loader.

Posted by Aven at November 13, 2004 01:03 PM

Great fulled bags, the little yellow one is so cute!
I love the mittens such a great colour.

Posted by: Paula at November 13, 2004 02:33 PM

Wow, they look great Aven! Where did you get the pattern for the little partitioned one? It is so cute! I have some cascade waiting to be turned into a bag, and I thought I might do that!

Posted by: Dani at November 13, 2004 03:15 PM

That’s a lotta felting! Love the bright colours.

I anxiously await your progress on the Tintin sweater…

Posted by: alison at November 15, 2004 03:47 PM

I lovew the felted bags. Particularly the partitioned one. I would like to know where you got that pattern as well. So many ideas, so little time.

Posted by: Elizabeth at November 15, 2004 07:18 PM