I have recently had the pleasure of being able to take a nuno felting class with Fiona Duthie of Saltspring Island Vancouver . It was a tremendous learning experience and great fun. Fiona is a delightful woman who is always smiling, happy to help and guide you through the process. She has a lovely looking studio on Saltspring Island where she dyes her own wool and more check out her blog here: http://fionaduthie.blogspot.ca/
So with my new found knowledge I thought it was time I gave it a go. I had previously plant dyed and bundled a couple of wool scarves. One of which the colours were very strong, I had used small pieces of saffron and a little goes a LONG way. I decided to nuno felt both scarves together to make one long scarf/wrap. I used natural merino wool, 19 microns ( I think) very soft. I laid out the scarves and wool using all the skills that I could remember from the class….but guess what I laid out the scarves (which I cut by the way) with the hem facing out instead of in ….oh well next time…
I like the result but I think a little stitching would help bring it all together. I like the fact that the wool migrated through the scarf and muted some of the brightness. I will be making more I am sure….after all I need the practice.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.
Felted wool birds are the latest items in my repertoire. I am having lots of fun making them, I use Merino wool roving in a variety of different colours. Sometimes I add silk threads or maybe a little tussah which is a fine silk mixed with wool, it adds a lovely sheen to the item.
I also use some of my knitted UFO’s you know the ones …unfinished objects ! I felt them, then create a small wool bird from the felted fabric. I stuff some of them with polyester fibre fill and others I stuff with pure wool. Many of the wool coats and sweaters that I have purchased from the thrift stores make great birds, I even dye the fabric to make it more interesting.
What I love most about them is that no matter what I use to create them they all have their own character, sort of like our children. But I am not selling my children to-day ! Just wool felted birds. I do hope you will take a look at by bird family on etsy. More will be along soon.
Wishing you happy creating with love, remember Valentines Day is just around the corner and a little bird friendly company maybe the perfect gift.
I have been very busy wet felting the weather has been unseasonable warm and so I have been taking the perfect opportunity to wet felt outside. This really saves on clean up time! My latest work has been inspired once again by my natural surroundings, mostly our garden but also the gorgeous coastal areas of the wonderful Westcoast of North America, where I feel very fortunate to live.
I have been using different wools, this time I have been working with polwarth this is a mix of two well known breeds, Merino and Lincoln making for a very versatile and soft wool.
Other things in my life schedule have changed and I will not have has much time to felt and knit has I have had in this past year. So I am rushing on to fit in as much outdoor work as possible. I must make felt while the sun shines ! I hope you are having fun being creative.
I have been meaning to write about this wonderful book for weeks now but somehow time seems to get away on me perhaps it is the beautiful summer weather that has me lulled into a stupor!
The book is by Chrissie Day and Nicola Brown both very creative felting artists. There is lots to chose from here from basic flat felting to more detailed works including nuno felt, clothing, vessels and bags to name a few. The instructions are easy to follow and there are lovely photos showing the steps along the way plus many helpful hints and ideas. Each of these talented artists gives a little insight into their felting experiences and their inspiration with lovely photos of their home area. Both Chrissie and Nicola have on-line sites; Feltingfibres and Clasheen respectively.
I have wanted to wet felt for sometime now and have played around with different types of wool. As some of you may know I have even washed and picked some of my own fleece, which by the way I am having professionally carded as I write! I am very excited about having beautifully carded batts of Romney and Merino.
I have been busy making flat felt pieces plus a few vessels and now I have more ideas for felted jewellery. I love this book and the fact that it is a delightful size and fits easily in my bag for shopping and doesn’t take up lots of space on the felting table. All in all I think this is one of the nicest felting books on the market especially if you are just starting out on the grand adventure of wet felting.
As promised a little felting project, a lovely warm scarf or wall hanging. I love it when a project can be something other than your original thought. Hence the wall hanging idea for this …scarf ! Imagine if you will, a small piece of driftwood attached to one of the short ends of the scarf. Perfect to hang in one of those small spaces in your home a stairwell or hallway for example.
Anyway moving on with the felted scarf, I used a few different types of wool. Merino wool from Knitopia Wools for the base which was in dark and light shades of turquoise blues. The next layer was made up of Louet Karaoke Angelfish which is 50% wool and 50% soysilk in pale blue and lime green colours. (This can be viewed here: http://www.suzooswoolworks.com) and for the final layer I added some teal and chartreuse mohair locks from Aurelia Wool and Weaving.
All in all it took me about four hours to complete the project from start to finish. My arms ached from all the rolling back and forth but I love the end result. I already have another two projects on the go…felting with different types of wool and silk hankies. More to come for sure.
Thank you for your support this year and continue to keep being creative whatever you enjoy doing.Wishing you all a very healthy, creative and peaceful year for 2011.
So here I am waiting for my sewing pattern to arrive and needing to be creative. I have experimented with wet felting but I can’t say I’m thrilled with my results but I have found a way to re-use them! oh joy…I can’t stand wasting all that effort.
I usually put my work up on a pin board above the area where my computer is situated, so that I can be treated to a visual feast and analyse to death what I have been up to for the last who knows how long!
This piece of wet felting had been there a LONG time and I had tried to make it into a book cover, a felted pouch or just a picture but never came up with the right look. So I cut it up and took out the parts that I enjoyed and cut out the pieces I hated!…..I can’t imagine what took me so long, now I have various pairs of earrings in the making.
Basically I start with the piece of wet felting and then embellish with all kinds of trims and beads etc. I really like to use my small bits of silk ribbon ( again… no waste) and glass beads, I use more wool, yarns and embroidery threads. A lot depends on how the creative mood takes me as to what goes into the project. I back each piece with a complimentary colour of felt and apply the stainless steel hook.
If you would like to see the pictures of these earrings please check out my flickr link to the right of this article.