Working with felt

June 29, 2017

Merino fleece, yarns, fabric snippets were wet felted.  Hand stitching was then added to define the imagery, and complete this pint-sized wall hanging.  Yet to be framed ready for hanging.  I welcome your comments about what you see in my piece.

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It’s snowing on our nearby Barrington mountains.

July 13, 2016

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July winter weather hasn’t encouraged the activity involving water and rolling to create felt.  But these two small pieces have emerged from beneath my wet hands.

These show you a glimpse of my creative abstraction to the theme of landscapes.

Next step……. incorporate hand stitch for extra texture and stronger visual interest.

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Felt good!

April 8, 2016

Feeling good about the test samples I have hand  felted, it felt right to start a large wall hanging.  Here’s a sneak peak of some of my work before wet-felting and fulling took place.

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Set-up to make the right table height was imperative to avoid neglecting my body.  Laying out five layers of rovings took its toll and I felt the strain on my legs from hours and hours of standing.

Here’s a pic of of my foundation work for this piece.

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It was then topped with coloured wool and silk rovings and yarns to loosely create a landscape image,  based on Dungog’s hills and nature.  The clocked ticked away!

It has been fully wet-felted and is now resting (me too) and drying out so that the next stage ….. stitching, can then be worked.


Time with Felt & Stitch

February 24, 2016

Having been asked to create a handmade wall piece to hang  in  a local farmhouse, my recent time has gone into wet felting and then stitching to create texture and visual interest in this piece.

The request was to portray a feeling of country landscape, using a contemporary approach.

This photo gives you a glimpse of my work in progress, before completion.

I welcome your comments.

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Hand-felted Brooches

December 5, 2015

Sometimes I enjoy nothing better than to work small and enjoy quiet moments.

Stitching into wool is like a knife moving through butter – it has a lovely feel about it.

These are recent samples of my hand-felt brooches.

Hand felted with stitching - little lovelies!

Hand felted with stitching – little lovelies!


Shibori felt brooch

May 23, 2015

Experimenting with resists and dye on hand-made wool felt has been all-absorbing.

This brooch is the end result of playing with colour and shape.  Must say I really enjoy the feeling of hand stitching onto woollen felt.

My inspiration to do this, arose from viewing the stunning brooches made by Chad Alice Hagen;  also generous advice from  Mary Stori, via Pinterest —- their websites are wonderful too.

Oh, to be so fortunate to have inspiration awaiting our eyes and hearts.

My first brooch using shibori resist/dye on woollen hand-made felt.  Inspired by work of Chad Alice Hagen and Mary Stori.

My first brooch using shibori resist/dye on woollen hand-made felt. Inspired by work of Chad Alice Hagen and Mary Stori.

 


Another technique on wool felt using shibori

May 22, 2015

Following my two previous felt experiments, I made this felt piece much thicker.

Instead of using a dyebath I applied a range of different colours (by insertion) into the wool before steaming.  This gave better colour management (in an ad hoc sort of way).

Hopefully these photos give you an idea of the process.  Quite entranced with the result achieved.  Love to hear your comments…..

Another piece of white felt was dyed using plastic & wood resists.

Another piece of white felt was dyed using plastic & wood resists.

The effect.

The effect.

More resistance!

More resistance!

This is the result of various dyes being applied with resists.

This is the result of various dyes being applied with resists.

The other side!

The other side!