I have been wanting to try a one piece handbag with an integrated handle, so here goes.
To make the felt very strong, I incorporated a layer of cotton scrim between the top 2 layers of wool. I'm not sure if this has made very much difference, but I had some purple dyed scrim.
I carefully felted and fulled the piece using a bamboo blind and cool water with savon de marseille. In this picture it is lying on the resist, so you can see how much it has shrunk.
I also added small pieces of silk in a random way as surface decoration, but they have all but disappeared into the felt.
Here it is stuffed with plastic bags and drying. I am feeling very pleased with the shape.
I am planning to put some thick cord into the handle, and stitch the edges together, so that it holds its shape even with some weight in the bag.
How should I decorate it to finish it off? - any ideas welcome!