The shoemaker did a better job. Still a few sharp edges though. Will sand down and treat with leather cream.
As said in my previous post I attached a loose flap onto this bag as its closing because the busy texture matches the texture of the bag. On the top it has two rows of very slow machine stitching:
I also stitched around the flap, on the back side, by hand. I’m thinking of cutting a horizontal slit into this because then it will be a secret, easy access pocket on the back of the bag.
On the front is this vintage brooche from Scandinavia, my mother gave it to me when I moved out of the house. I adore it!
Right now it’s just pinned onto the felt but before I start using my bag I will secure it with thread. Multiple strands.
Here are some progress pictures of felting this bag last weekend:
I took a resist and covered it with locks and pieces of silk, then cover it with white fleece from a good felting breed (mountain sheep/ Bergschaf/ bergschaap). This bag is felted with the outside on the inside.
The whole resist got covered, front and back, and at the top I laid out the flap with the bit of fleece:
40%. Just like the text books say.