Posted by: bschutzgruber | April 2, 2013

Felting with Suzanne Higgs – Day 2

Felting at the Michigan Fiber Festival Symposium in Kalamazoo, MI at the end of March.  I did 2 workshops with Suzanne Higgs.

Day 2 – Fabulous, Funky, Fun Felt Bag

For this workshop we made felt bags using recycled sari silk as surface embellishment.

1_sari silk


Light weight, flexible plastic 1 1/2 times larger than the desired bag size is used as a resist – a middle core/layer to keep the wool from felting in the center of the bag.

3_inside bag

Working from the inside out, thin layers of wool are laid out on both sides of the plastic resist.  The inside of the bag will be yellow, with a pink rim folded over to the outside.
4_middle layer

Periwinkle will be the middle color

5_placing sari silk crop

and finally the sari silk is wrapped around the entire bag.

6_cover and rub

Wet with soapy water, wrap in plastic and start rubbing to felt the wool to the silk

Here’s how the inside and the outside came out:

7_inside of bag

8_outside of bag_a9_outside of bag_b




The starting resist size (26″ x 26″) compared to than the final size (15″ x 12″ after folding the edge down).

Add handles, magnetic snap closure and I’m done!

handle_ahandle_bsnap & handles


  1. How long did it take to finish this project? Very interesting and lovely result!!

    • Doing the bag/purse is a 1-2 day project if working on it straight through.


  2. […] taken classes with Suzanne in the past (see April 2013 blogs Felting with Suzanne Higgs Day 1 / Day 2) and was excited to take her hat workshop.  Suzanne is a terrific teacher who is constantly […]

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