Wet felting tutorials

Marie Spaulding takes you very carefully through the felting process she uses so that you can see and understand completely. Jan sent these links to us because she knows we like to learn new things or improve our skills. These videos and the LivingFelt channel provide very comprehensive help with regard to felting.

The bamboo,wooden mats can be a bit hard to come by these days. In our area there is a shop called Ishka which sells them.   The plastic, non slip matting can be found in the cheap shops and you can buy it by the roll and cut it to size. One of the Instagram felters uses plastic with a wider mesh so the gaps are about 1cm. She too, makes little felted bowls and pots.

Part 1 of the video is at the top and part 2 is at the bottom of the post.

You can also find some written instructions for resist wet felting on FiberArtsy.

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The Australian Wool and Sheep Show

 

The Australian Wool and Sheep Show is on in Bendigo in Victoria 20th, 21st and 22nd July 2018. It’s one of the biggest fibre events in Australia. Some people call it Splendigo or Spendigo. There is plenty to see and do and there are plenty of gorgeous things on sale . The video by Fiberific will give you an idea of what you can see and then you can peruse the sheepshow website which gives you plenty of information about this year’s event.

Woven fibre basket

woven basketsSheila was doing clever things again in the spirit of our oddments projects. She had a basket full of fibre and bits she wanted to use and was spending her time looking at what would go with what and what effects she could get if she used them to make little baskets. Many of us joined in and looked through her stash of bits and bobs getting our own ideas. That’s how you do it. You get an idea, work on it and others will join in because they are curious. She had natural yarns and fibres and then sparky yarns and all sorts of colours and textures. It is painstaking work and Sheila enjoys that kind of challenge to her patience. She also enjoys looking at what she can achieve by upcycling and repurposing. Allowing yourself to be creative with a basket of bits is cfar more satisfying than stashing them in the cupboard. We all enjoyed watching what she was doing and we liked the look of the little baskets. The one she was making was for a friend but the others will go elsewhere. Instructables has a tutorial on how to make yarn baskets.

Carding workshop

carding workshopIt’s not every day you have the opportunity to make a public spectacle of yourself. The carding workshop provided the perfect setting for Cathy to demonstrate her epic lack of skills as she learnt the ways of drum carding. As the only one new to carding there was a lot to learn. Enter Christine , the saviour of newbies . Her warm chuckle and immediate , practical help – ” Are you aware you are turning the handle the wrong way? ” “If you pull the wool back it will clump, can you see?” Ah! The light dawned. The laughter melted the errors into strengths and the life of a new carder began. Margaret quietly checked in with Cathy later to make sure all was going well and the others just popped in to see if all was in order. Our group knows you get it wrong when you have no idea what you are doing. They laugh and talk you through it. Cathy’s orange cloud of alpaca , wool and banana fibre silk looked worthy by the end of it because of the personable support.  Everyone was learning. Marjorie had set up a workshop where everyone had the chance to improve their skills, share their knowledge and participate in upskilling. Nothing gets done without constant talk in our group. Alan had popped over to help calibrate Hilary’s carder so the teeth were connecting properly. Marjorie was good at reminding us about cleaning carders and getting the wool opened up and airy before you card. Jan said it was easy to use newspaper plastic wrap to put on the drums because it was conveniently the right size. Everyone had an idea or two to share. Hilary keeps herself carding by using audio books or music. Peter, Marina’s husband, the head family carder, came along later and produced a lovely mohair batt in soft green for Marina. Hilary had kindly brought packets of mohair which we could purchase at rock bottom prices so we had something fun to play with if we wanted to. Everyone is open to learning in this club and knows there is always something to learn. Margaret was producing gorgeous opalescent batts. Hilary’s were ocean green and Marjorie made some lovely brown batts from her wool. When experts are happy to work alongside new people then everyone gains. Like our dyeing workshop,  it was just good to do. It wasn’t  compulsory and others were free to look and listen…and maybe laugh… but all in the spirit of learning. When there’s a focus you concentrate the conversations so the immersion learning can take effect. We all enjoyed our carding workshop because it is never a case of too many cooks spoil the broth. We subscribe to the notion that many hands make light work.