Nicola Brown | My complex felt bag and excellent soap for felting
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My complex felt bag and excellent soap for felting

My complex felt bag and excellent soap for felting

Today I am going to tantalise you with some detailed shots of my own bag before the big reveal later in the week! 

Detail from the front of my bag

This first image shows the bottom right at the front of the bag.  It is a bit difficult for me to photograph the surface detail accurately because in reality the fabric almost disapears into the felt and the glittery circles seem to float on the surface.

I am actually going to have this piece photographed professionally by Bernie McCoy but until then these images will just have to do. 

Fishskin inserted

The second shot is one of the details from the back.  I had various round shaped pieces of resist between the layers, Lyda would have used bubble wrap as it is not so thick but I decided to use laminate floor underlay because I wanted to know exactly where the plastic was in order to add my surface decoration on top.  When the bag was almost totally felted I opened up these areas and then worked on sealing the edges and in some cases inserting fishskin to add extra texture and interest.  Within several of these ‘pockets’ I had positioned gold fabric under the resist and these areas now add an additional excitment to the finished bag, I feel that what you get is more than what you see at first glance.  During the whole process I was using gorgeous soap made by my friend Anna Browne, olive oil with a light scent of orange.  If you want the opportunity of trying out this special felting gem why not visit Anna’s blog and enter her current ‘castille soap’ giveaway

Detail from the hidden flaps

The last picture for today is from the flaps which are hidden when the bag is held in your hand.  The only way you can see this surface is if you lift either flap, the bright colour and gold silk thread really adds a lively feel and an element of surprise.

Nicola Brown
  • Anna B
    Posted at 14:07h, 12 February Reply

    Thanks for the mention!

  • Kristi
    Posted at 16:10h, 12 February Reply

    Unbelievable! Amazing! I can’t even think of any appropriate words to describe it – and your work in general.

  • Carole Dysart
    Posted at 17:07h, 12 February Reply

    Wow……………cannot wait to see the whole project.


  • joniphippin
    Posted at 09:06h, 13 February Reply

    As always your choice of colour is explosive and exciting. Can’t wait.

  • Chrissie
    Posted at 12:03h, 13 February Reply

    fabulous Nicola love it

  • Dawn Edwards
    Posted at 13:18h, 13 February Reply

    Well, I can hardly wait for the big reveal. This is amazing! One question…Is that really fishskin? Amazing texture.

    Will be anxiously awaiting your next post.


  • Rosiewildwoman
    Posted at 15:01h, 13 February Reply

    I am excited by all the secret inclusions and the texture and the mixed media elements. Thank you for all your posts…They are educational and inspiring. You are on a journey with wool as the landscape.

  • woolbrain
    Posted at 18:44h, 13 February Reply

    This is very inspiring and exciting I love your use of colour and textures ….waiting with anticipation for your next post.

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