I've been working on a new bag for a bit now and finally finished it.
Imagine that a beautiful and tough piece of fabric starts out as tufts of wool!...
My first attempt was much too big and that along with a few other factors,
like not paying attention and not reviewing my process before I started,
resulted in a bit of a failure...BUT...I persevered and decided to go much smaller
and not be in such a hurry to get to the finished project.
Oh, I can hear my dad's words echoing from my childhood...
"Patience is a virtue, Kerry!"
Anyway I'm quite happy with the final outcome...
The spring flower pattern was a bit dull when the bag dried so I went
over bits of them with some needle felting to give them and the green stems more depth.
The inside is made from some alpaca that was too itchy for use in anything
wearable and I love how the colour is darker on the inside...
The strap was made up from the same colours as the outside of the bag,
some gorgeous, soft merino-silk blends and strands of pure, died silk from 'Knotty by Nature' wool shop in Victoria...
Yesterday as I was working on the strap, we had a wicked wind storm and
at a few times during the day it hailed quite heavily.
So in keeping with the spring theme, I needle felted little white dots
to represent how crazy the weather can be at this time of year...
After I took this photo, I realized that I had been secretly inspired by the very couch I was sitting on!
Funny how the size of the bag is just the perfect size to fit my wallet and a Lindt chocolate bar!
Hmmm, I wonder how that happened?!
(p.s I just noticed this is my 800th post! who knew!)