I have recently gone back to a previous design for one of my vessels as I had a new idea for connecting the edges. When originally using the leather string to ‘stitch’ the sides together it bothered me that this created a wobbly edge, which was difficult to straighten. What I now tried instead: I used two thin pieces of wood (in my test piece they are actually coloured lollypop sticks) in which I made holes at the same distance as in the felt. I then ‘clamped’ the the two felt edges between two pieces of lollypop sticks and threaded the leather string through.
I have to admit that this was very fiddly! But I think it is worth it – the result is neat and straight, a much cleaner finish which is likely to keep its shape under pressure much better than the original solution. And of course I am on the lookout for alternatives to the lollypop sticks – other forms of wood, or even metal…?
Handmade felt vessel, 100 % Wool, 20 x 20 x 15 cm, wood and leather string