Monday, August 1, 2011

Felt Tote Bag

This is my first large scale specific design of cutwork, it reminded me of cutting steeks in knitting - more difficult mentally than physically. The colors are based on the 2011 Felt United theme of red, purple and blue. The blended red/purples are hand dyed Marr Haven roving which wrap around to a back side of silver blue/grey.

The bag is 12 inches wide, 14 1/2 inches tall measured to the top of the bag. The strap handles are 7 1/2 inches taller so you can carry it over your shoulder. There is nearly 9 ounces of wool fulled into very dense felt giving the strength needed for whatever might be carried in it.

The strap material is commercially felted wool, polished into extremely tight material that required much soaking and manipulation to open the surface fibers to attach to the bag wool. Pam Wheelock of acquired the felt pieces and allowed me try this.

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