I had a lovely day on Wednesday working in my new studio, it's so great to have all my stuff accessible and have space to work. I did some painting and some felting that I've been wanting to do for ages. I have quite a few old crochet doileys that I've been planning to combine with felt for several months but I've not had the time or space to do it, so I decided my first project in my new studio would be trying this idea.
Originally I intended to wet felt the crochet into the felt. However, because of the way felt shrinks as you make it I couldn't get it to work. By the time it had shrunk enough to not distort the crochet it was too felted to add the crochet in and if I tried to add the crochet in before then it ended up too distorted or not held in well enough. So, I compromised and wet felted the piece and then needle felted the crochet in. I used a combination of merino and shetland wool with a bit of tussah silk for an extra special finish. I finished it off with pearl and crystal beads.
|Detail of crochet and beads|
|Detail of felt|
I'm really pleased with this little purse and even though it took me most of the day to make this one thing I think that it is a way of working that I will take forward and develop further. I like the combination of textures and the way the crochet 'peeks' out from the felt.