The bag, I mean - I'm as refined as I'm ever going to be! Probably a hopeless case in the refinement department.
I'm pleased with it as a first attempt, though I will keep this one as my machine kept hiccuping on the stitching from time to time, so the inside stitching is a little untidy.
The front flap, which I've embellished with some of my hand painted wool, is a former sleeve. I cut strips off the front and back pieces which form the sides and handle of the bag.
Because the felt was so thick, I couldn't sew 2 layers together in the normal way. I found a stitch on my Janome 65ooP that successfully sewed the 2 pieces together if I butted them up to one another. I figured that if all the stitching was going to show then I may as well make a feature of it, so I used s multicoloured thread.
With some of the thinner felts that I've porduced, I will probably line the bags. They won't all be this design - this just seemed the easiest to begin with.
Comments are appreciated.