Giveaway Winner and Natural Wools and Fibres

Giveaway Winner and Natural Wools and Fibres

The winner of the Complete Wet Felting Kit from Heidi Feathers is … Kirsty Lowde. Congratulations, Kirsty , please can you leave a comment on this post so I can pass your contact info on to Zoe so she can arrange to post it to you (you don’t need to post your email address, I can get that from the Admin panel!)

kirsty Lowde
You might have seen my post on the forum last week about a wall hanging I made using natural coloured wool tops from many different wool breeds and some different embellishment fibres. Someone usually asks, so this time I’ve measured ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s 30 inches long and 10 inches wide.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the bottom end, some of the wools and fibres are: Bluefaced Leicester tops and noil, Humbug Jacob, Black Jacob tops and noil, Lincoln, Gotland, flax, hemp, soy top, milk top and viscose:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a close up of the soy top and Lincoln tops.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is viscose tops on Zwartble with some Ingeo to the side.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs much as I love colours of dyed Merino or the textures of a nuno felted silk or shiny organza, I really love the variation of colours and textures you get with different combinations of natural wools and embellishment fibres. For as long as I’ve had natural wool tops and embellishment fibres I’ve been making various experimental pieces of felt with them, some just flat wet-felted, some combined with other techniques for a variety of surface designs or sculptural effects. When I got my recent World of Wool order and a few more breeds to try, I thought I’d also start to make a variety of small panels with the intention of maybe combining them into one large wall hanging some day. This is a panel I made using Manx Loaghtan wool tops and Bamboo staple fibre:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is an angled photo of the panel I made with Grey Herdick wool tops and Hemp fibre:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this last piece is something I made alongside the top stripey piece:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks again to Heidi Feathers for the generous giveaway prize and prefelt pieces to try out.


20 thoughts on “Giveaway Winner and Natural Wools and Fibres

  1. Lucky Kirsty! I have a feeling I’ll be visiting Heidi’s shop in the not too distant future – lovely stuff.

    Zed – the natural feltings are truly beautiful and ‘colourful’ in their own way. I reckon the idea of making a large hanging from small pieces is a good one.

    1. Thanks, Lyn ๐Ÿ™‚
      One good things about the natural wools and fibres is that they all seem to ‘go’ together, none ever look wrong.

  2. Love the beauty of the natural fibers, the different colors and textures. Which of these fibers would you say are most difficult to felt?

    1. I don’t think any of them are ‘difficult’ to felt, though they all felt in their own way, no matter how long or hard you felted Herdwick, for example, would it ever look like Merino. Unless you mean the embellishment fibres? I’ve never had a problem with those either, you just get different results depending on how much you use or which wool you use them with ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Congratulations Kristy! I hope you’ll join us on the forum and show us what you do with the beautiful prefelts.

    Zed, the way you’ve layered the natural wools is gorgeous. I love all the textures. I’m not familiar with all these breeds. Are they coarse? Do the embellishments like bamboo tone them down at all in texture?

    1. Thanks, Marilyn ๐Ÿ™‚
      The Herdwick is coarse and wiry, Manx Loaghtan is probably a little less soft than Bluefaced Leicester, probably similar to Norwegian, maybe. The embellishments felt according to the characteristics of the wool, so the Bamboo staple would probably lie a little smoother on Merino for example and more ‘roughly’ with something like Herdwick.

  4. Congrats Kristy!

    Zed – I love your natural colored fibers and you are right, they always all seem to go together. I also think it’s fun experimenting using different breeds of wool. That in my opinion is the best way to learn to felt. You learn so much from each different fiber.

    1. Thanks, Ruth ๐Ÿ™‚
      You’re right, it teaches you there isn’t just one way for how felt should look, or what constitutes ‘felted’.

  5. Congratulations Kristy.I love this piece with all these neutral colours, they all combine so well and make me think about different surfaces in a landscape.I have a good selection of different wools in natural colours and you give me a good idea of mixing these colours with drift pieces of wood and eventually stones from the sea.Once again thank you for sharing with us beautiful felt works.
    Irene Freitas

  6. I love your natural fibre work best of all Zed. One of my favourites is Deven long wooltops stocked by George Weil. It is a creamy yellow and the fibres curl within the felt. A new one to try?

    1. Hi Liz ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks a lot. I do have some Devon Tops, I was really surprised how much the curl came back into the wool once it was felted, I wouldn’t have guessed from the tops . Lincoln is very similar, I’ve just been using that this morning, I like the way the curly/long wools give wavy edges to the felt. I think I’m slowly working my way through as many breeds as possible ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Ah I can teach you nothing!! By the way I really like your pre-felt post. You’ve inspired me in a lull when I could not think what to do. The interwoven collages look really really good.

    3. Heh ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m sure you could ๐Ÿ™‚
      I was really surprised how well the prefelt worked and how much I liked it. It’s just a shame it doesn’t come in more variegated shades.

    1. Thanks, Ann ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m always worried I’m going to ruin felt with my greasey fingers because I can’t stop touching pieces ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Thanks Kristy for showing me your work with the drift wood, it would be quite suitable for a house on seaside.My house is 200 meters from the sea and right now I have a rather big empty space on a beige wall in the living room so I will really consider to start a project for a nice work.My problem is that here in Portugal I can not find anything else than merino or normal wool and I have to import from UK all other qualities and it becomes quite expensive.Once again many thanks and best regards.
    Irene Freitas

  8. Hi only just seen this that’s amazing thanks so much all the service users will love this at my job.

    1. Hi Kirsty, congratulations! I’ll pass your details on to Heidi Feathers ๐Ÿ™‚

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