Neutrals and Brights

This first piece is one I made at the well being centre a few weeks ago. We were having an ‘explore/play day’. Cath had just come back from Ireland and brought some bog cotton to try, and I’d been given some tulle from one of the women from the craft group. I put some of the budget filling between the layers and also some ‘balls’ (maybe clouds is a better word!) of recycled plastic. Just enough so it wasn’t flat:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a piece from my favourite loopy layered scarf:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had hoped the tulle would be a bit more pillowy, I used quite a lot, squashed with some wisps over. It just kind of folded and flattened, but it is quite plasticy looking, this is the least flat part:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the bog cotton:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is a bit of plastic I added to the top:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I get a few spare minutes, I’m making some simple single colour felt pieces to use cut up and pieced together with other felt strips and offcuts. This is an orange piece I made, mostly Merino with a few embellishments:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI really like this green one, I got some ‘Chartreuse’ from World of Wool, I think this will replace the ‘Grass’ I usually buy. I did add a few wisps of grass over the top, and there are quite a few embellishments too:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a BFL lock, a bit of green silk at the top right, and some trilobal nylon at the bottom:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is some crimped synthetic fibre, it’s soft and feels like arylic, but it didn’t have a label. I know it isn’t nylon, because I tried dyeing some:


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Making some progress and free give away reminder

I want to remind everyone you only have a few days left to enter the free draw for a spot in Terri’s Concertina Hat Class. The last day to enter is July 28. Just follow the link.

I finished my triangle scarf this week.

The wool side

finished orange and purple shawl wool side finished orange and purple shawl wool side close

The silk side

finished orange and purple shawl silk side finished orange and purple shawl silk side close

There wasn’t that much shrinkage as it is very cobwebby on the wool side.

I finished the prefelt for the building on a Picture I am working on.

prefelt for picture.

I cut some circles to make little earbud pouches.  Sorry I can’t right now remember who had this great idea to use scrap piece for felt for this. I want to keep my square credit card reader in one.

circles for pouches

I made 2 pieces specially to cut up.

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I love the way the silk throwsters waist seems to hover on the felt even though it is well attached. The blue one isn’t firm enough so I will rewet it and full it some more.

I also started 2 more. I laid the wool out first. The first one I used on large piece of silk  on top . I added the roving so you could see the colour. I wanted something a little more “masculine”.

peice for cutting dry

The other one I want more texture from the silk so I had to wet the back ground so the silk would stay where and how I put it. I then added some synthetic yarn and put tiny amounts of wool to bridge it and hold it down.  I really like how it looks so I think I will make a scarf in the same design. It is very dark in the picture because it is wet.

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So that’s been my week in felt.  I hope you have been able to play with some fibers too. Don’t forget to enter the draw for a free hat class.

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Composition and Design – Form

Is It a Mushroom?

Three dimensional shape and space is the basis of architecture and most designed objects. There are added design considerations in that the object will be experienced from more than one side. In sculpture the space defined by the shape of the sculpture may be an important aspect of the total design. Other designed objects such as furniture, tools, and appliances must be conceived in relation to function and, often, the contours of the human body that will use the object.

As felt makers and fiber artists many of us choose to work in three dimensions making a variety of functional items or sculpture. While making these creations, one must consider how the design will look from all angles. How will it fit the item it will cover? Will it stand on its own or will it need other support? What size does it need to be? How will it work in the surrounding environment?

Vest by "Zara"

Vest by “Zara”

Fashion designers face special problems of engineering and spatial thinking, in that the problem is to translate a two dimensional material (cloth) into a three dimensional form (body-shaped garment), a unique and complex problem in topographical engineering. With felt making, the designer needs to add in the shrinkage that will occur with felting. Many of us have made a wearable that just didn’t fit, haven’t you?

Form or space in a two-dimensional drawing or painting refers to the arrangement of objects on the picture plane.  The picture plane is the surface of your drawing paper or canvas.  You can have a picture plane that is a crowded space with lots of objects or an empty space with very few objects in the picture plane.  A two-dimensional piece of art has height and width but no depth.  The illusion of depth can be achieved by using perspective. This is the technique used to have your picture look like it is moving to the distance like a landscape or cityscape.

Scrap Challenge Complete

Types of Perspective

  1. Nonlinear Perspective is the method of showing depth that incorporates the following techniques.landscape 1 web
    1. Position-Placing an object higher on the page makes it appear farther back then objects placed lower on the page.form tractor
    2. Overlapping-When an object overlaps another object it appears closer to the viewer, and the object behind the object appears farther away.form birch grove
    3. Size Variation-Smaller objects look farther away in the distance. Larger objects look closer.form poppy field
    4. Color-Bright colors look like they are closer to you and neutral colors look like they are farther away. 
  2. Linear Perspective is the method of using lines to show the illusion of depth in a picture. The following are types of linear perspective.
    1. One-point perspective-When lines created by the sides of tables or building look like that are pointing to the distance and they all meet at one point on the horizon this is one-point perspective. To see an example stand in the middle of the hallway and look at the horizontal lines in the brick or the corner where the ceiling meets the wall. See how they move to one point on the horizon.
    2. Two-point perspective-Here the lines look like they are meeting at two points on the horizon line.

Categories of Space/Form

  • Positive space – Like in a positive shape, it is the actual sculpture or building.
  • Negative space – Also like negative shape, it is the space around the sculpture or building.
  • Picture Plane – the flat surface of your drawing paper or canvas.
  • Composition – the organization and placement of the elements on your picture plane.
  • Focal Point – the object or area you want the viewer to look at first.

Questions to get you started:

• How can you make your 2 dimensional designs look more 3D? What are the effects of shading and shadowing on an object or shape?

• How can you use value changes to imply form?

• What steps do you need to take to make a 3D object using fabric/fiber? What can you use to make your form sturdy enough to support itself? What will your pattern look like?

• What would the effects be if you chose to do the opposite of nonlinear perspective guidelines above? Would your piece be more realistic or less?

So have fun with form! Let me know if you are using any of these concepts in your work. I’d love to see what you are doing.

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The Final Projects for the Paper Lamination Class

I wasn’t able to finish the coursework for Ruth’s Paper Lamination Class within the class time, but have since completed the last two assignments.  We had a choice of several different options for the last two weeks.  I chose to use one of the lamination pieces on a pillow.  It was a piece of silk habatoi that I used a stencil with acrylic paint on a piece of copy paper.


I made a couple of batts  with gray,  a little green and purple accents over a resist. Then wet felted.  Of course, I had to cut a side to get the resist out and the pillow stuffing in.  While it was drying, it was a nice square shape.  Now its a funky shape.  But that’s ok, the colors go perfectly in my bedroom.


It seemed a little plain so I tried adding prefelt leaves, but I felt they overwhelmed the design.  I was very pleased with the texture and dimension of the flowers and decided not to do any stitching like I had on the bird project.

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So, I decided to  stitch around the silk using a cretan stitch. It was an exercise in patience and practice.  I used a silver sharpie to put a few dots in the center of the flowers as stamens.



Here’s the back with a subtle marbled effect:


Next I made a wall hanging.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the organza I painted.   I call it “paintbrush.”  In the closeups you can see the brush  strokes if you look hard.


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I also got some great dimension:

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Here is the back:


Now it is hanging in my kitchen.  Yes, the wall is teal.


I’m very pleased with both projects.

Thanks Ruth for offering the class.  I really enjoyed it.


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Looking For Dimension

I thought I’d try out a couple of things inspired by Marilyn’s challenge. A while ago, I bought some ‘budget filling‘ from World of Wool, with the intention of using it to make texturey felt or try it as a weird texturey surface effect, but I’d never got around to it. I thought I’d just try a smallish sample piece to see how it worked. I laid out a couple of regular layers of an Olive Merino, then added a pile of the filling:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI covered it with another 2 layers of Merino in greens and browns, I’m not sure you can tell there’s a mound from this photo:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think the wool content must be quite high, because it flattened quickly and didn’t ‘bounce back’ after drying, it’s not very obvious (not as obvious as that face on the right!):

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s a bit more evident at an angle, though most noticeable is the migration of the fibres through to the top:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEven looking along the surface there’s not much thickness, though the wavy edges show it did have an effect overall:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe other thing I tried was using organza. I had a tangle of strips, bits and unravellings in the bottom of my organza box. I laid out some of the separate strips onto some netting, and added the shorter/tangled bits in between:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can see the tangle of fibres here:


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen I added a couple of regular layers of Merino over the top and then felted the way I usually do. I was expecting a bit more texture and more loose bits:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a lot of rippling:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese bits were loose at the ends:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome sparkly golden bits:

Maybe I should try combing the filling with the organza?:)

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A busy week

I managed to get quite a bit of felting done this week. I made a cover for the handle of my teapot so I can stop burning my fingers.

Teapot 2 web teapot web teapot handle finnished It would have been better if the hole in the centre had been a little bigger but a few stitches and it was good to go.

I discovered my felt background for a picture I am making was in the dryer way to long and was completely felted. I guess I turned it onto a longer time than I thought.  Had to redo it.  Here is the redone one.

felt background

I also made the prefelts for the buildings.


I got the wool laid out on the silk for a shawl. the first picture is the orange and yellow wool down but you can see some of the silk background. then I added several shades of purple. I think it looks like a sunset storm.

shawl orange and yellow down Shawl Purple added

And lastly on the felting front I worked on dryer balls. here they are ready to go in the washer.

Dryer balls

But most important thing this week my granddaughter was born. Here is Autumn, all 9 lbs 9 oz. of her.



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Online Felted Concertina Hat Class with Teri Berry in August

We are excited to announce that we have a new online class available by Teri Berry.  Here’s what Teri has to say about her class. This four-week, hat making course will initially guide you through the different options for hat blocks (from DIY to the extravagant!) and choosing one to fit. Although this module is technically week 1, I will send it out on receipt of payment so you have as much time as possible to make or buy a hat block if you don’t already have one.

Week 2 will focus on making a stylish or quirky concertina hat and will include guidance on how to create a resist for your head size, how to add a felted “pig tail”, creating a brim and forming sharp folds that remain in place. I will also describe how I blend colours and make the “silk stripes” used on some of my hats.

In week 3 we will make a super-cute snail hat. This tutorial is a must for anyone who hates rolling! I will provide my template for you to enlarge to your hat size (I will provide a useful technique that can be used to enlarge items of clothing that you would like to make in felt but need to allow for the shrinkage). I will then go on to explain how to make the eyes on stalks and securely attach them to the hat as well as well as how to create the shell and shape snail’s foot to form a brim for your hat.

Week 4 will be an opportunity to catch up or make another hat, I will provide examples of other hats and their template designs that used the concertina method which you are welcome to copy or, if you prefer, I am very happy to help you design your own hat using this method. The possibilities are almost endless!

For further information about this wonderful hat making course click here.

If you share a link to this post on your Facebook, Twitter or blog and leave a comment here indicating where you shared it, you will be entered into a prize draw for a free place in this class. If you have already paid for a place and win, your payment will be refunded. The cut off date for entries into the drawing is July 28th. The winner will be announced here on August 1st. If all 30 class places have been filled by July 28th, the winner will be chosen from those who have already paid and shared the post on social media. Good luck!

For those of you that are beginning felt makers, remember that our introduction felting class is always available here.


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