Fiddlehead fern clutch

I just sold this clutch to a graduate school friend. Before it leaves the nest, I want to share it with you all. I’m rather proud of it.

It’s made from Tulip’s neck and leg fiber. Those areas are only used for making felt, because they tend to be less consistent in length and softness than the back and sides.

The main body of the clutch was needle felted to hold it together in the correct form, and then wet felted to shrink and strengthen it. The brown yarn I used for the ferns is embroidered on, while the green bits are made from yarn scraps that I carded back into roving and then needle felted.

I lined the inside with organic cotton fabric, so little things don’t poke their way out of the clutch.

The shape is…organic. Well, it’s a little less square than I wanted, but it’ll have to do. Tulip’s fiber is hard to felt, it doesn’t want to stay in the shape you gave it.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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