I love felting with a resist, for me it's like sculpting a collage.
This is the finished handbag made with 4 layers of both Merino and Navajo Churro wool roving. I embellished the top layer with some Teeswater long locks from Namaste Farms and pieces of a prefelt I made with merino and vintage saris. Thanks Pilar for your modeling, you sure wear it well.
After I made the prefelt, I gathered a portion of it up and secured it with string.
To make the handbag, I started from the inside out. I first laid out two layers of magenta colored roving perpendicular to each other. This will later be the inside of the back and the flap. I then added a plastic resist to the bottom portion which I covered with two layers of magenta roving letting the roving hang over the edges and bottom of the resist. I then flipped the package.
This is the side without the resist. I folded in the rays from the resist. I then added a layer of Navajo Churro.
I added a layer of blue merino and embellishment- I concentrated my embellishment on the portion of the handbag which will be the flap.
I again flipped the package and am ready to finish to bottom part of the bag. I already laid down two layers of magenta roving on to the resist in the first step above, so now I only have two more layers to go. I first folded in the "ray's over the resist. I then added a layer of Navajo Churro, a layer of blue Merino and embellishment. Then I'm ready to felt and full.