Sculptural hats and bags with Rutsuko Sakata

I spent Monday and Tuesday this week on a workshop with Rutsoku Sakata, and the lovely ladies from Region 3 IFA making sculptural berets and bags. We all had a wonderful time.

This is my bag sitting on its resist and slowly taking shape; it literally took 9 hours to place all the stitching, my finger tips still feel sore and bruised today but I’m pleased with how the shape is developing. This is definitely going to be a one-of-a-kind type of bag!

the front


The back

Now I just need to figure out what the strap / handles will look  like and how to attach them…

Some of the participants and their wonderful creations



  1. What an inspiring felted object which will make a unique bag!

    Don’t want to ask because it’s not kind to share the details of a workshop — but you mean hand stitching? Looks like a lot to do for this piece! I sometimes do ‘tacking stitches’ on the inside of hats. They can take a long time but shouldn’t hurt your fingers. Find a thimble that is comfortable, if you can.

    Wish that I could have sat in your pocket during your workshops – magically transported across the sea and ever so small. All unlikely. What’s up next?? There’s one in Finland that’s on my list 😉

    1. Thanks Juliane, yes, lots and lots of hand-stitching, I think my fingers are sore partly because I kept stabbing them but also because of the pinching and stretching of the felt while stitching.

      Rutsuko is living in Finland – is that who you are taking workshop with?

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