Pam had her penguin drawn on her polystyrene shape and wanted to try felting it. She is someone who likes to try new and different things so she can fully appreciate and understand the process. She combed the wool finely. It took a lot of stabbing to get the wool to adhere to the polystyrene shape and she showed us how many holes you get. The white fleece , though, she did get onto the penguin very neatly and evenly. It’s exacting, time consuming work which requirse the sort of infinite patience Pam has. Why was she stabbing penguins? Like the rest of us, she has craft things at home and she hates seeing them go to waste or being unused so she looks for creative uses for these things.
Pam Duthie, in the video, didn’t find it to be a very rewarding activity and she shows you exactly what we saw with Pam on Monday but our Pam was quite successful in getting a respectable felted finish on her shape. It might be something you consider doing as a long term project to overcome some of the issues.
We have been enjoying watching Alan’s needlefelted poodle being developed each week. Last week he was needlepointing in a way that sounded like a steam train and we all wanted to woo-woo! This week he was working on the body and is getting an interesting look. It’s very effective in contrast to the darker parts. He has had to think hard about this and the face will take time and patience. He actually breeds and shows these dogs so this is a picture of a dog he had. She became a dancing dog and looked beautiful dressed up in her show clothes and loved performing. She was always a bit of a star, apparently, so it all worked out well for her. We look forward to seeing the finished picture but , meanwhile , we are enjoying the journey. It’s a lot of work and stabbing!
It was really good to welcome Peter and Marina back from their road tripping and have a visit from Helen and Marie , two former members of the club who now live elsewhere. Christine got Marina and Peter to work straight away teaching them how to weave. No escaping yarn with us. We realised in the midst of all our activity this year we had neglected to celebrate our 45th anniversary. We might just have to do something about that.
Alan brought in his prize winning needle felted picture of one of his poodles, very realistic.
Marjorie has knitted a pair of gloves with a knitted motif on the back in alpaca/wool mix in aqua/purple.
Christine brought in one of her loom’s to show Marina & Peter how to set up the procedure from the start with a warping loom, then on to the loom for weaving.
Beth is in the process of making another felted hat. It’s a long, careful and well thought out process and , at each stage, the hat looks nothing like it did before. That fascinates us. Beth takes wool and needle felts it onto a mould. That in itself is time consuming but she does it very patiently. She then starts to bring in other colours and patterns and then we start to get really intrigued. It is amazing watching anyone make something from bits of fibre. It’s hard work and it’s a journey. We always end up talking with Beth about what she plans to do and how she is going to do it and then we always become aware of how much creative energy we have absorbed by watching her work. The pink and off white hat is going to have a curled brim and we enjoyed all the discussions around how we saw it being finished. Beth will make her own judgements and we are truly looking forward to seeing what happens to this hat. Those swirls at the top really got us thinking.