I really wanted some nice felt to use on tables — felt placemats. I made a few out of Jacob wool — a medium-coarse wool that felts relatively tightly. The fabric has a nice hand — it’s fairly dense, not as soft as merino but not as coarse as Icelandic wool. It seems like a nice weight for utilitarian textiles. But then I thought felt placemats might not be so practical after all. Felt trivets, yes, if you want to set your beautiful enamel pot onto the dining table straight from the oven or stovetop. But then the trivet would be even thicker (and my felt trivets are). Placemats, one might want to wash. Better in the province of woven cloth, perhaps. What to do with sturdy felt placemats? Transform them into envelope clutches, sturdy but not stiff. A nice plus is to free-form embroider them with a sewing machine. And add pretty buttons.
The bag on the left is made from Jacob wool. The bag on top right is made with Shetland wool; the bag lower right is made from border Leicester. I use the same amount of wool and the same form for each bag. All three types of wool are medium-to-coarse in texture. I particularly like Jacob because it felts down relatively hard and tight. Bags were shrunk down more and embellishments and simple button closures were added.
My name is Ava Chan. I live in Boston with two greyhounds. I make felt. I dye and sew fabric. Studying, seeking, making textiles.