Saturday, 28 July 2012

Trying to make a Bowl

Well what I have really been trying to do is felt a bowl , but I have been having a few problems.

I thought a bowl depicting a misty Dutch polder winter scene , would ideally match the colours of my Gotland fibre bought from Woolfest. I made some dark prefelt , cut out some trees and a couple of birds.

Here they are ready for felting in. The last time they were ever seen.

I have used a resist many times but this was going to be my first experience of using a ball and bouncing to felt the fibres. I was a little minimalistic with the amount of fibre I used. Far to minimalistic.

After the felting started I realize that I had been just too mean with my precious fibres and not only had I felted a holey bowl , but my trees and birds had completely vanished. The weight dry was only 37 g just not enough fibre.

What a disaster.

Thinking about it I decided , more fibre and only use the darkest for the trees and the lightest of the sky , plus lots of white silk fibres behind the trees and forget the birds!

The final result.



the trees are still virtually invisible and although there are no holes there are some very thin patches. Now I have manged to used 65g of fibre. Still not enough I reckon I need between 80-100g . I am really not sure why I have lost the trees in the mist. Perhaps it's the bouncing.

Unfortunately I now have not got enough fibre to try again. Mayb it's time to ask Artybird for some advice.

Sunday, 22 July 2012


Needle felting requires a barbed needle to be pushed through wool fibres, tangling them together . In my mind, until recently , needle felting was for making fairies, gnomes and animals or emergency repairs to sort out thin areas of wet felted prices. Not my thing at all. But I was wrong.

In the last few weeks I have discovered what happens it you combined needle fleeting , prefelt and fabrics with wet felting. It is a truly wonderful combination. You can build texture , make three dimension structures and incorporate all kind of fabrics.

Here are few examples of my exploration.

Starting with just white and getting a feel of pleating.

Adding colour and some points.
Lots of colour and fabrics , with pleats and points and spikes

I love these effects and will definitely be trying needling again.








Thursday, 12 July 2012

50 shades of .......


A small clutch bag made as one of the last assignments of my course. Incorporating merino wool and wendleysdale curls, all in beautiful shades of brown.

Simple but effective.

I like my shades of brown but I don't think it will raise millions or a cause baby boom unlike it's infamous namesake






Friday, 6 July 2012


Stewart Sharpless was a surveyor of nebulae. He first published his work in 1953 .

A nebulae is a interstellar cloud of dust , hydrogen , helium and other ionized gases. The starting point and the ending point of stars and planets in the solar system. Really he was an astronomer. His images and those of others which have followed him are truly amazing. They capture the tattered remnants of stars , supernova explosions , solar dust clouds etc. Most of these events have taken place 1000s of years ago , but are so far away , they have taken light years to get here. The images are taken by telescopes such as Hubble.  Here is just one example

The imagines depict the colours of the elements that are emitted during the explosions. Blue oxygen , and green is hydrogen. Red is nitrogen and helium is violet. Perhaps these chemicals names and their associated colours is what attracts me so much to these pictures, or perhaps its because it all happened so long ago.  I also love the names, Omega, Pelican, Trifid, Barnard's Loop, Cygnus and Deneb are just a few.

I discovered all these wonderful images as I researched the theme of the dying of the sun,

I hope to turn some of them into felted pictures.

My plans are in place , and I have enough fibres and beads I hope and the pictures will be made shortly.   The deadline is the 3rd August.

 In the meantime here's a few pictures of test pieces.

And some carded fibre and silks ready for laying out into a picture.