Wendy’s knitted, felted bag is just lovely. You can feel the texture just by looking at it ! Alexis is the one who has inspired us to make knitted , felted bags. Cathy made one earlier in the year. You can felt them by hand or washing machine or a combination of both. Depends how strong your hands are.
This one of Wendy’s has a nice shape and then the handles are automatically knitted and felted into the bag. It is strong, roomy and lovely colours. Wendy spun all the wool for the bag. She used some of the fibre challenge yarn we had made after Christmas. She really enjoyed doing this and the colours have turned out really well.
The video below gives you an idea of what is involved in knitting and felting a bag.
We really did have a creative and productive time at our felting workshop recently. It improved our skills and ideas. Karin brought along her lovely Schiaparelli pink felted bag so we could see how to fix handles because that was the thing we were focusing on this week. Hilary brought along a felted cord so we could see how to make a cord a bit fancier or even use it as a decoration for some other purpose. Cathy’s dark coloured bag turned out well with the added on felted fibre shapes she had learned to make. She also used Pam’s template at home to make a zipped purse with an inlay of corespun wool and some colourful fibre bits. Hilary’s bag had transformed to a vase or even a drink holder. We really liked it and loved how the hankie silk had felted in. Those of us who didn’t know now can make corded or felted handles for our bags so all good 🙂
Our bushfires this year were widespread and very damaging. They have destroyed so much land and threatened so many of our animals and plants. We have lost so many homes and buildings and we have united as a community to do what we can to help. Bushfires happen in Australia, but not like our recent events. They are still in our thoughts because animals and people and then our land need help. The rain has been great but the floods not so much. Janette’s homespun jumper was amazing to look at. It really is the colours of the bushfires and it a bushfire colourway. We are not going to forget this and so the jumper is very significant. Our firefighters and support personnel have been astounding. We loved Janette’s jumper because it was soft, warm, comforting and making a quiet statement on our table.
Marina cares about animals as you found out from our When I grow up post last week. She made a felted heart because she cares but she shared the Wires knitted animal pouch pattern with us. Judy’s video below explains about the need for these pouches. She shares some links too. Always good to check with these organisations if they still need them as it often comes in waves.
Our felting workshop was about developing skills and about inspiring members to think further than their own thoughts and fears. We are lucky we have some very good felters in the group but we are also lucky there are some skilled felters in Adelaide. It means we can always look at things to give us ideas but we also have real people we can consult. Jan E’s best tip was to use a scrunched up crackly plastic bag over the tulle which holds the fibre in place. We don’t all have gadgets for felting but we acquire them as we felt more. Everyone can get a crackly plastic bag. It really makes a difference. Sheila brought along a slipper she was making with the template she had used to remind us that wet felting shrinks and to remember that. Her visual cue was helpful. Pam brought purse templates for us to take home and try. Marjorie brought along her crochet hook where she had felted a case onto the handle to help with the ergonomics of the hook. It is easier to hold and use…and a lovely short term quick reward project. Alexis made a little display for us so we could see some achievable felted projects, see what to use as handles, how to make some textures and effects in the felt and then know you can actually buy paper felting patterns. Did you know that?
If you watch this video by Sara Renzulli you can see just how effective felting can be in terms of artistic effect . This video gives you ideas to aspire to and that is important. There is always a learning curve but you need to be able to see the sorts of things you can aim for.