Friday, 16 October 2009

Knotwork Purse


I've been trying to felt a knotwork trim to liven up a purse I've been making.

Its my first attempt at knotwork in any medium. Even the simpler designs are more complex than they look. I've made quite a few mistakes on this but altogether I still like this purse a lot.

I've found an artist who does web classes on knotwork and also offers a few free patterns. I'd love to take one of Cari Buziak's art courses but my computer won't open PDF's and I don't have an apple... Maybe in the future. In the meantime I'll keep practicing, the reward will be worth it :)

15 comments:

ArtSparker said...

...pursuing the line of beauty.

Caio Fernandes said...

working or not . i liked the collection around !!

Jasmine said...

Susan - Dizzying lines knotwork...

Caio - Thank you, the collection is from a package Ruthie sent me a while ago. Really pretty :)

GreenWhisper said...

that's gorgeous and fantastic for a first attempt, very brave to try knotwork! love those little roses too, what are they made from?

Crafty Green Poet said...

this looks lovely, it looks so wonderfully soft...

Jasmine said...

Greenwhisper - Thank you. I think I was a it over ambitius trying knotwork, but I like it, mistakes nd all. I think I will try again on a larger piece to allow more roo with the movement of the kot. I thing I'll use alpaca wool as it can be easier to guide.

Crafty - Thank you :) Merino ool is vey soft. And the base is needle felted instead of wet felted as I'm not able to wet felt indoors any more (wrecking my table tops) But this method does leave the wool feeling wonderfully fluffy and soft.

Delphyne said...

It's beautiful, Jasmine! It looks so soft and I really like the texture of it. Are you affixing the other items to the purse?

Delphyne said...

Jasmine, I use a Mac and can access the site with no problem. Do you want me to send you something from the site in an email?

Jasmine said...

Delphyne - First I make the felt fabric that I intend to sew into the purse shape (in this case I needle felted the fabric) then I needle felted the pattern directly onto the edge of the fabric. You can see the colour on the underside where the fibres push through. Let me know when you get some wool I'll happily share how I do things. I do find with the things I've read that there are subtle differences in ow everybody works so don't worry too much if you realise you do things differently. A technique will find you :)

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Good Morning Jasmine, Your knotwork is very pretty on the purse. Love the wee roses made from felt. YOU are a very talented lady. Those see shells look familar, could they be from the beaches of Wales!! VBG

Thanks for the lovely comment you made on my blog. Hugs Judy

Jasmine said...

Hi Judy, the roes are paper and I didn't make them. I'm not very good at paper crafts :)

These sea shells are from a friend in Scotland.

The ones I sent you are from Wales, a beach overlooking the Irish sea and the Skerries Islands.

I loved you earth loom :)xx

Assayya said...

you find the most wonderful links onthe www.
thanx for sending me the loomlink.
next year i will do something with it in my butterflygarden:))

Jasmine said...

Assayya - You have a butterfly garden, wow :)) I think I'd like to make one next year too. I'm thinking of making a dye garden next year, maybe it will house bees and butterflies too..

Harnett-Hargrove said...

What's going on ... need to see the finish! -J

Jasmine said...

Jayne - I need to practice at knotwork a lot before I can hope to bring it up to a high standard. It is difficult, especially in felt which is more of a chaotic medium. I have problems taking pictures that do justice to what I have made when there is no natural sunlight. My garden is very shady and the weather is appauling.

Never mind, I think my creative journal is best showing successes as well as the not so successful projects. Its a learning process :)