international feltmakers association


Report: Sculptural Bag with Flowers

"I’ve started so I’ll finish!"

Saturday 5th March 2011

I never seem to finish my project when doing feltmaking workshops so, in Caroline Merrell’s workshop to make a felted bag with sculpted flower decoration, I decided to keep it simple.

Under Caroline’s expert guidance, I succeeded in learning a new technique and sculpted a bright but garish flower out of a piece of prefelt and scraps of fabric. Making the flower took me a little longer than expected but I am sure it is just a question of perfecting the knack of pulling and tweaking the petals to create that elusive, sculpted look.

After finishing my flower I started on the bag. Again, I used a large piece of prefelted merino, which meant no laying out of the fibres. I didn’t even attempt any of the attractive but time-consuming ruffles and embellishments since I really did want to finish my project this time. My bag felted in record time. Although I still have to attach the flower to the bag, concoct some handles and do some general finishing, I was pleased to get all the felting and so most of the hard work out of the way during the workshop. So this time I’m sure that my bag won’t get relegated to the pile of unfinished projects I started with such enthusiasm but failed to see through to their conclusion.

Now that’s what I call a successful workshop.

Rachel Blythe
The Sculptural Bag with Flower workshop was organised by IFA Region 9