Finished: two felted bags.

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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:
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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!
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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:

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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:

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At the end of the day, just as the rain started, I had two felted bags/sacks:
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This is how much the big bag has shrunk during felting:
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40%. Just like the text books say.

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