Sunday, November 30, 2008

Have you seen this bag?

A lady in Atlanta emailed me, asking if I had seen a purse like this before, and if I knew how it was made.
It's new to me--have any of you seen bags like this?
How is the yarn attached?
Who manufacturers them?

My first guess was that material that you sew all over then it 'melts' in water, but I think that would be too flimsy to be a bag, and I don't see stitching lines either.
Fusible interfacing would still require stitching.
I'm stumped.



Blogger PJS said...

My best guess would be that it's a normal fabric bag with some sort of fabric paint that melts and mingles in hot water... otherwise there isn't a way round the other problems you mentioned.

Then again... who knows.

November 30, 2008 at 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

I honestly think that it is yarn. When I clicked on the picture and made it bigger it sure looked like yarn to me. Though I have no idea how they made it.

December 1, 2008 at 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Jan said...

This could well be achieved by sprinkling the yarns upon a soft substrate like felt, then dry-felting using either an embellisher machine or a hand-held needle punch tool.

December 1, 2008 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Indigo Blue said...

Crikey! You need sun glasses on to look at this one.

December 1, 2008 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger woof nanny said...

Jan: by embellisher machine, do you mean the hand-held dryers used in rubber stamping to emboss? I assume it's heat that felts, right? Interesting. Thank you for your comment.

December 1, 2008 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Simona Gargiulo said...

yes, i think it's yarn too...wool yarn!!!;-)
Sorry for my english, i'm italian!!;-)

December 4, 2008 at 1:51 PM  
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December 4, 2008 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Summer said...

It looks felted to me. You can use a thick wool felt base, lay yarn on it, and punch it in as much or as little as you want.

December 11, 2008 at 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also think it is needle felted, most likely by machine. Several companies make dedicated needle felting machines, but Bernina also has a needle felting attachment that can be purchased for some newer machines (like my Artista). Like others have said, I think this item probably has a substrate of wool felt, with lots of wool yarn laid on top; then it's felted by machine.

December 12, 2008 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you might be able to copy this by sewing the yarn into a base fabric. The top thread would the water soluable and the bobbin thread would be the kind that melts when heated. After sewing all the yarn on, you would then steam iron the whole thing so that the bobbin threads melt and hold the yarn on and the top thread disappears.

December 30, 2008 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Laura K said...

Maybe it's not that complicated. As a kid I made projects by running yarn through a mixture of glue and water, then sticking the yarn to a base to make a picture. So, for instance I would start with a "cartoon" of a peace sign and then fill it in with black yarn, then fill in the background with colored yarn. The result was pretty stiff - intended as something like the cover of a notebook - but I'll bet you could do something similar on fabric. At any rate - it's fabulous!

January 4, 2009 at 10:07 AM  

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