Felting with friends

Last year my friend Nicola, who I met through our book club, went on a felting course with her mother and really enjoyed it. We said we would have a joint felting session sometime, but we never got round to it.

Well, today she finally came round to make a birthday present for her cousin. As she’d never felted round a resist before, she decided to make a bag. Her husband Nick, who accompanied her, drew the short straw and got to make the cord!

Originally the bag was going to have a flap, but because the lovely iris design was too near the top we decided simply to cut straight along the top and have an open bag. Nicola may felt a flat strap separately and sew it on later.

Because of lack of time (and various plumbing problems in the kitchen!), after fulling it on the washboard Nicola decided to take it home and rinse and press it there before attaching the cord. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished piece!

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Flextiles uses shibori, ecoprinting and felting to create original, one-off upcycled pieces. Extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%.

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