Last week, I traveled to Cathy (Luvswool’s) home to have a “podfest.”

Cathy wanted to try making a small vessel   So, since l have been making pods  on and off for months for family I offered to work with her using the method I use from Rosiepink’s Tutorial for Felt Pods http://rosiepink.typepad.co.uk/rosiepink/tutorial-how-to-make-a-wet-felted-pod.html

I had selected fibers I had dyed from my 4 day dye experiment – Cheviot, merino, domestic 56 and brought some silk, throwsters waste, locks and hankies in a similar colorway. I also brought the tools I usually use for fulling for both of us to use and for Cathy to try to see which ones she favored. The soup ladle was the winner!

Cathy had some mystery fibers she wanted to try that she hadn’t used and used some of my embellishment stash.

Of course, we were anxious to get started and forgot to take a picture of the first side.  Here is our first turn.  Mine is the turquoise, Cathy’s is purple and gray.

marilyn side 2 Cathy flip side

Here is our final layer before wetting and embellishing.  We both used throwsters waste and silk.  I added some locks.

Cathy layers Marilyn final layer

Rinsed and ready to dry.

After rinsing

At that point, I packed up for my trip home and Cathy set her pod out to dry on a bamboo mat.

Cathy pod drying Cathy pod 2 drying

We were both happy with our pods after drying.  I could have used more curls, maybe next time.

final M pod final M 2 We had a great time and look forward to our next felting adventure!  What new felt technique have you tried?

16 thoughts on “Podfest

    1. Thanks Lyn! It is fun. It’s the first felt project I’ve done with anyone. I look forward to more felt adventures.

  1. I meet once a month with 5 other artists to work on projects. It is fun for us, but also useful. We learn from one another and get exposure to different points of view. Your pods are wonderful and I especially like the look of the locks.

    1. Thanks Judy! That’s great you have regular creative time with friends. The dynamics of a group really kick the creative juices into gear. 🙂

  2. They turned out great! I’ve not had much luck making vessels with flat resists, but I’m going to try again soon and hope they turn out even half as good as these or Lyn’s 🙂

    1. Thanks Zed! Lyn’s method works really well for me. I look forward to seeing your next try.

  3. The pods look amazing! I’d love to try and make some larger ones for my cats – I think they’d love to have their own cat caves 🙂
    What sort of resist did you use? And… what are you going to use the pods for?

    1. Thanks Leonor! I used a flat round resist cut from some insulation foam. You can see part of it in the first picture. I think Ruth and Ann have done posts on cat caves. I’m sure your cats would love one. 😉

    2. I have to look those up, Marilyn! It could be a welcome present for when I bring them over from my Mum’s 🙂

  4. Looks like you and Cathy had fun. Both pods are wonderful and the embellishments and color schemes are lovely on each. I enjoy my local group and have also had felting sessions with others that were great fun. I highly recommend working with others occasionally.

    1. Thanks Ruth! We did have fun, but it was a full day. We both agreed it would be great to find others to get together with as well. We just haven’t found them yet. Cathy and I are about an hour’s drive from each other. As long as the weather stays good, I imagine we’ll continue our escapades. 🙂

  5. The vessels turned out great. The curls sticking out look wonderful. It is so much fun to work with others. The ideas seem to grow so much when you can bounce them off friends that felt too.

    1. Thanks Ann! The curls are a little funky, but cute. Working with others is like a creative stew of ideas. 🙂

  6. How exciting as well as inspiring such gatherings of felters can be! Both your pods turned out great I can’t decide which one I like better. An what a clever idea to use soup ladle to work inside. Thanks Marilyn – I’m always learning something new.

  7. Thanks Nada! Both are unique as are their creators. I’m always learning as well. :-). That’s the fun part of felting!

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