I’ve had great fun designing and creating these bags. They made using a special ball imported from America. There are 3 stags involved making the bag. Firstly laying out the design. I use mostly mohair, cotton and silk to create the design. Part of the design is the three layers of wool used to make the bag.
After I have completed designing the bag, I roll the ball in different directions at least twelve hundred times, followed by a minimum of two thousand bounces. These actions begin the felting process and encourage the fibres to mix and blend together ready for the fulling process. The fulling process happens after the ball is removed from the ball and involves continuing working the fibres so that they continue to merge together and begin to shrink. This involves rubbing the fibres, followed by rolling and throwing the bag. The process is completed when the bag holds it shapes. Once dry the handle and clasp are added.
The whole process presently takes me about 8 hours plus and I usually make each bag over two days. I let it dry naturally.
These bags will be for sale at the shows I am attending during the autumn and winter 2021 and also at Starlings gift shop, Bexhill.