Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wool felted, natural printed and stitched bag 混媒體創作手袋

I'm crazy about bag making these days. Thought a mixed media bag is a trial.  Thus made this wool felted, natural printed and stitched bag. 
城市人, 忙碌的生活節奏, 偶爾停下來做點剌繡, 是生活調劑, 把小片的剌繡拼合與羊毛氈化做一個手提袋, 加上天然植物印染, 是近日的創作.

I used  natural white wool and a little curly locks for texture. A thin plastic sheet was enclosed  and removed after felted the "window" for the stitched hemp.  
 I stitched  a hemp some time ago.  No idea what the knots I made, just twisted and stitched.  Rachel's stitches are great reference and the blog HRvaerk is inspiring.

Next was to do natural print. I laid the euc silver dollar on both sides with thread fixed, covered with a thin plastic kitchen wrap.
Bundle boiled for 2 hours with euc silver dollar leaves that made the very bright and strong color.
Unwrapped with delight. Both sides turnout strong and bold.  Tie lines are striking.

Inserted the hemp and stitched inside the "window"

Shaped the bag with a thick book

Both sides done.  One  with stitches and raw curly fleece texture, the other side of euc leaves prints. The light prints are from the overlapped prints when rolled up from  top down. 

 Before and after

Close up of the stitches.  Imagine what you see......

A bag of two sides, two styles.
Lining with inner pocket.  Size good for an iPhone and iPad and the handles are sturdy enough.
We're in the hustle and bustle city, doing stitches at times is peace of mind.
Among high rises, we call it "cement forest".  
The tie lines I intended for the birch look, I want the wood feel in urban.
While I was sewing the lining of the bag, he's watching.  
Thanks for being my good company - oh not you Mogi. I meant my bloggers who're reading this.
"See my kung fu leg......."
"None of my business...."


  1. Lovely bag! I love how Mogi is always helping you Terrie!

  2. very nice photos and story as always..and of course wonderful information and outcome! And, of course, Mogi! Thanks! See you soon in Vancouver!

    1. Thanks for watching Mogi ! Ginny, see you soon.

  3. Your newest bag is so beautiful. I love how you take us through the whole process from start to finish.

  4. So nice to have a friend with you while you work! What a wonderful companion Mogi is!

  5. The wood effect worked really well - and I'm happy to see your stitchery adventures, too.

  6. thanks for your inspiration Terrie, I dyed a nuno felt top overnight and it's wonderful, my first one. I have been doing scarves and ran a workshop making and dying nuno silk scarves over the weekend. The ladies loved them.


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