Handmade Handbags

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.

Needlefelt Mr Chips

Mr Chips is a favourite amongst my students and a workshop that I am asked to deliver by other groups.  Aimed at both the novice and more experienced needle felter, the session begins with a demonstration of safe needle felting.  Everyone has a practice before we begin making Mr Chips.  We sculpture his head and then his body and tail.  Once we have attached the body and head together, we use carded Corriedale wool as overlay.  Mr Chips can live on a shelf or to add further interest glued to a shell or pebble.   In addition to following my instructions, you will be given an instruction sheet and a link to videos that can support you should you want to make more Mr Chips.