Giveaway Winner and Another Little Bag
First, the part everyone wants to know, who won the Custom Fibre Chest. The winner is Karen Cantwell. Congratulations, I am sure you will enjoy your basket of goodies. For everyone else get a Free goody bag if you place an order this month. Just mention you saw it on the Felting and Fiber Studio Blog.
And now the less exciting part,
I decided to make another little bag to keep things in my basket organized. I am going to use some thick prefelt I have. The nice thing about the thick felt is you can split it and cut away a layer so you can overlap the edges and not have a thick seam.
Here’s the layout ready to wrap around. I use a felting needle to keep it all in place before wetting.
I thought it would make it more versatile if it had a little loop so it could be attached to something if I wanted to use it somewhere else, maybe attached to my sketchbook. to add it I used the offcuts from pealing the prefelt and some of the yarn I am using to decorate it. It’s handspun wool and silk. This is the back with the loop wrapped up so it won’t stick down. I needled the ends of the yarn down.
And this is the front. I may embellish it after it’s felted. I will see what it looks like. It looks very blank at the top but I will be cutting that later to make a foldover flap.
It felted down really well and you can’t see where the joins were. The join is right down the middle top to bottom.
I added the pen for size and a little piece of white felt so you can see where the opening is. It didn’t show with the black on black. I will probably add a magnetic closure if I have a small enough one. If not I will add a snap.
I love the way this yarn worked. This yarn is handspun. it’d shredded sari silk and wool. I don’t remember spinning this but looking at it I think it must be mine. Firstly it is a very small amount and I typically do this. The other is how it’s plyed. It looks like it sat in a center-pull ball or on a spindle a long time before plying. When you do that the yarn sets and when you ply it, it doesn’t really look right until you wet finish it to give the yarn back its spin energy. I almost never bother to wet finish my yarn because I won’t be knitting with it. Essentially I’m lazy about it, what can I say?
I didn’t look at this too closely before using it, I just liked the colours and thought they would look good on both the black and grey. Now looking at it after felting I suspect ( I would have to go look to be sure) that it was plyed in the wrong direction. I plyed it in the same direction as the spin so added more energy rather than plying in the opposite direction, removing energy and balancing the yarn. If you look at the yarn now you will notice it sometimes looks like two parallel yarns and sometimes one wrap around the other and that seems to be happening in the same direction as the single yarn. It didn’t just all unravel because I have tacked down at both ends.
It is another fun thing about making your own yarn. You can do some cool stuff on purpose or by accident. It fun, you should try it. It’s all the same supplies you already have. You just need a cheap drop spindle. You can even have lots of them, cheap and expensive and still not be in as deep as one spinning wheel.
17 thoughts on “Giveaway Winner and Another Little Bag”
This was the first thing I opened this morning and what a pleasant surprise to see my name as the winner! Yay! Thank you!
Also, that’s a sweet little bag
That does sound like a great way to start the day. Marie will contact you. Thank you, I am quite pleased with the bag.
Congrats Karen! It is a lovely little bag.
I think the exciting part of the post is the bag. The “custom” yarn treatment is cool. You will have to remember to ply some more yarn that way.
Thanks Ruth, sometimes interesting things happen when you do thing the wrong way.
Cute bag Ann! I like the custom yarn.
Love the ‘art yarn’ Ann – it looks great against the felt. The bag is both pretty and serviceable – little things get lost unless they have a safe storage place! Interesting to read how you made it.
Thanks Lyn, yes I found a lot of little things in the bottom of my basket when I cleaned it out.
Although I understand almost nothing about spinning, I think I get what you mean about the direction and it worked really well on this little bag. Yay for happy accidents!
Thanks Lindsay, it’s an easy ting to do accidentally when they has sat so long they are set.
Love the way your yarn felted it really adds a lovely embellishment to your very useful bag.
I’m not a spinner, but have made meters & meters of cord in the past (using someone’s helpful hands a drill and the length of my garden) and always thought they would only ply if twisted in the same direction. I didn’t know you could twist & ply in a variety of directions….my learning for today.
Thanks Antje I was really pleased with the way the yarn became so textured The two individual strands should be spun/twisted in the same direction then you ply them in the opposite direction.
Shepherdessann, I have not heard from Marie Redding regarding the fibre chest. Do you think she will contact me soon?
I will contact her. and get back to you