On felted hats and woven mats

Alexis and John could not have co ordinated the colours better the week they brought in their show and tell. Alexis had two lovely , stylish felted hats she had made and John had brought in the mat he had woven. Skill, subtle colour and inspiration. Things like that make us think how to use colour. It is not unusual for us to bring in things which colour co ordinate with the work of someone else. Half the fun of it , really.

Weaving demands patience and a very methodical approach. John will often challenge himself further by picking similar colours to increase the amount of thinking which has to be done. You really have to pay attention when you a making a pattern with colours which don’t have a stark contrast.

Show and tell

It was a beautiful Adelaide day today and we had a beautiful view and then some really lovely things to look at which people were making. So many interesting ideas and such a good array of colour.

Show and Tell 

Marina had a basket full of spun fibres dyed with various dyes and using different techniques to obtain varied effects.
Cathy 3 small balls of the fleece left over from her felting and a Mobius cowl in
Maria a small, beautiful crochet shawl.
Peter’s finished woven scarf.
John’s weaving with carpet wool, his next project.
Peter’s weaving in progress.
Jan E’s felting samples to keep us inspired.

Enjoy our view:

Christies Beach 24th Feb 2020


Felted wonders

We really did have a creative and productive time at our felting workshop recently. It improved our skills and ideas. Karin brought along her lovely Schiaparelli pink felted bag so we could see how to fix handles because that was the thing we were focusing on this week. Hilary brought along a felted cord so we could see how to make a cord a bit fancier or even use it as a decoration for some other purpose. Cathy’s dark coloured bag turned out well with the added on felted fibre shapes she had learned to make. She also used Pam’s template at home to make a zipped purse with an inlay of corespun wool and some colourful fibre bits. Hilary’s bag had transformed to a vase or even a drink holder. We really liked it and loved how the hankie silk had felted in. Those of us who didn’t know now can make corded or felted handles for our bags so all good 🙂

Helping with felting

Our felting workshop was about developing skills and about inspiring members to think further than their own thoughts and fears. We are lucky we have some very good felters in the group but we are also lucky there are some skilled felters in Adelaide. It means we can always look at things to give us ideas but we also have real people we can consult. Jan E’s best tip was to use a scrunched up crackly plastic bag over the tulle which holds the fibre in place. We don’t all have gadgets for felting but we acquire them as we felt more. Everyone can get a crackly plastic bag. It really makes a difference. Sheila brought along a slipper she was making with the template she had used to remind us that wet felting shrinks and to remember that. Her visual cue was helpful. Pam brought purse templates for us to take home and try. Marjorie brought along her crochet hook where she had felted a case onto the handle to help with the ergonomics of the hook. It is easier to hold and use…and a lovely short term quick reward project. Alexis made a little display for us so we could see some achievable felted projects, see what to use as handles, how to make some textures and effects in the felt and then know you can actually buy paper felting patterns. Did you know that?

If you watch this video by Sara Renzulli you can see just how effective felting can be in terms of artistic effect . This video gives you ideas to aspire to and that is important. There is always a learning curve but you need to be able to see the sorts of things you can aim for.