Needle Felting for Peace

I made this little wristlet/ coin purse thingy a couple of months ago and I completely forgot to post it! It was an experimentation in felting, both wet felting and needle felting. For the body of the bag (the white part) I knit with a nice feltable wool and then agitated it in hot and soapy water (scrubbing with my hands). You know how when you accidentally stick a wool sweater in the washer/dryer and it shrinks and becomes a really stiff fabric? That's felting. The fibers get all tight and tangled, never to be loosened again. With needle felting (for the designs on front and back), you make a design with yarn or with loose fluffy wool by stabbing it repeatedly on the surface you want it to be on (the white background) with a sharp, barbed needle. This is another way of tangling the fibers so that they interlock, only in a more specific way. The experiment was a success. I also lined the inside with colorful fabric, and used grosgrain ribbon, a zipper, and a lobster clasp to finish it off.

Peace, Love, Anarchy
Can you tell that this is supposed to represent world peace? 


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