Nicola Brown | Little felt shopping bag, a successful over dyeing/natural printing project
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Little felt shopping bag, a successful over dyeing/natural printing project

Little felt shopping bag, a successful over dyeing/natural printing project

I'm getting tonnes of use and plenty of compliments for this little shopping bag that I felted and printed in Portugal. If my arms were currently a bit stronger (tennis elbow in both unfortunately!) I would have stretched the top edge more during the fulling stage and again after it came out of the dye pot but all in all I'm pleased with the shape and size. Initially I didn't like the results when I printed it, the vegetation that I used was eucalyptus and St. John's Wort but the biggest problem was that some of the black silk ran with the heat. Here's a picture of the front of the bag after the first printing session, see the pale grey lines………
…………… and below is a picture of the same side overprinted during week two in a stronger dye bath containing plenty of rusty metal. This time I was very happy with the result!

 

 

Nicola Brown
clasheen@gmail.com
4 Comments
  • Deborah Allen
    Posted at 19:53h, 10 July Reply

    oh wow.. very striking after the 2nd dyeing. Absolutely gorgeous!
    Deborah x

  • Dawn Edwards/Felt So Right
    Posted at 03:49h, 11 July Reply

    Fantastic bag….I love it! I hope that the tennis elbow(s) is better soon. I told Pam that you had undone what she had tried to repair….You’re going to have to come back so that she can put you back together again 😉

  • Chrissie
    Posted at 07:06h, 11 July Reply

    Is this Portuguese fibres?

  • Marion
    Posted at 07:53h, 11 July Reply

    Love the way the second printing turned out! They look like huuuuge eucalyptus leaves on the right…

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