Felting inspiration

Alan can do wet felting and needle felting and has helped others to learn these two forms of felting too. He brought along the lovely poppies picture he had wet felted because it was Remembrance Day when we had our meeting this week. It’s classic , simple lines are what impress. Less is more and it makes a statement in a very clear way. Just lovely.

His Tasmanian Devils are needlefelted and finished now. He has made three of them to frame as one picture and it will look good. Something a bit different and destined to be a gift. He is able to use oddments from his wool tops to make these pictures. He spins as well so the fibre and wool are all used creatively. Takes a lot of patience to needlefelt and a lot of stabbing!

Show and tell

show and tell June 17thIt may have been blustery and pouring with rain on Monday but inside the club we could watch the weather and the ocean but enjoy the warmth of all our colours and ideas. It was an inspiring , productive day for us. So many lovely things to look at on our show and tell table and the weaving we saw this week was just so impressive.

Jan1: 2 felted bowls made from 2 berets one red the other blue, 3 skeins pale pink plied with silk, dark pink & variegated aqua/purple.
Marina : a small scarf with beads on a long pin to go with a sleeveless vest in dark brown with cable pattern inserts, 2 woven scarves -grey one with knitted pockets at the end, one red with a grey fringe.
Chris :crocheted jumper in natural dark brown & a crocheted beanie in blue mohair which Chris finished that afternoon.
Wendy : a Fair Isle beanies in dark pink with white Fair Isle design.
Cathy : a multi coloured crocheted beanie & a small one in pale aqua/white with flowers &
pompoms, single rib beanie in dark brown alpaca plied with natural Corridale and coloured merino.
Alexis :a beautiful plain knitted man’s jumper in hand dyed wool green/blue tones.
John’s woven knee rug with stripes in black/blue/pink & yellow.
Peter’s & John’s work in progress:

 

Felted collar

Talk about panache and environmentally friendly to boot! Natural fibres and upcycling have contributed to this spectacular felted collar by Alexis. She had a silk skirt she didn’t want to wear any more. Add fine merino tops, wet felting and voilà – a very chic collar which would dress up any outfit and add some real style. The colours really stand out and are what define this collar, but it’s the intricate designs from the silk , blended in with the felting which make this project so interesting and just so classy. We loved it.

Felting with dog fur

We were talking about whether you could felt with dog fur or not when Christine brought the husky fur along to spin. You can. Alan tells us there is no shrinkage so you wetfelt to size . Don’t expect to go through the process where the item becomes smaller as you felt. The woman in the video explains and shows how she felts dog fur. There are not many videos around so we appreciate this one is there. The wet felting process is the same and experience is going to be a great teacher.