More Art Therapy and Felted Knitting

It was the 3rd week of the wet felting group at the well-being centre on Wednesday just gone.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’re going to put small sample pieces together to make up a larger wall hanging, adding to it as we go along. For the first samples we decided on a red/orange/yellow colour scheme for the felt background, and everyone had a bag of similar embellishments with a strip of silk, strip of scrim, and some cotton gauze pieces, then one type of fibre in various colours for everyone to use how they liked. The slideshow has some of the finished pieces, though they are all still wet. Even though it was the 3rd week some of these pieces were made by people who hadn’t been to the other classes, so it was their first attempt.

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Shirley, who’s been every week brought back the piece she made last week. She really liked a batt I’d made with lots of tiny bits of odds, ends and scraps. She embellished the felt with sequins at home, this is it with some beads she’s adding trying to decide what to use:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did get around to felting the two knitted samples I made. The piece I made with the hand blended and handspun yarn doesn’t look too much different, but it is duller and fluffier:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt did keep some texture:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a close up and link to what it looked like before:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe pencil roving knitted piece was much nicer and easier to felt. It grew quite a bit and flattened out quite a lot:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was quite chunky before, this is after felting, looking over the surface:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt didn’t lose all its texture

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd, a closer look:

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It felted really neatly, but I’m not sure I’ll find a use for felted knitted pencil roving. The weird thing was, both pieces felt itchy afterwards too. I wet felted them both by hand, nit in a washer.

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13 Responses to More Art Therapy and Felted Knitting

  1. Lyn says:

    The pieces produced by the group are all good! And, as always, it’s a lovely surprise to see the variations on a given theme.
    I like Shirley’s idea of sequins for embellishment – they go well with felt.

    The felted knitted piece didn’t lose as much colour definition as I thought it might and I wonder why the pieces get scratchy?

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Lyn 🙂
      I think we’ll have a great wall hanging in the end, I think there was some reluctance to donate the pieces to it though!. The sequins do look good.

  2. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    The student samples are great. Miss nice Shirley is taking its the level with hand embellishments. Well done! I’m amazed the knit samples kept the distinct knit texture. It’s a mystery why they’d be scratchy. I don’t remember what fiber you used. If you’re not wearing them it won’t be a problem. 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Marilyn 🙂
      I can only think it’s because of shrinkage the pieces are more scratchy, the fibres are less loose and floaty? I’m going to have a look through my beads to take in incase anyone wants to embellish in future.

  3. ruthlane says:

    The pieces from the center are great. I think they wall hanging when it’s put together will be really nice with the coordinating colors.

    The knit and felt samples are interesting. I would have thought they would lose a bit more texture. Wonder if they would felt more if you put them through a wash cycle?

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      The last piece I put in the washer came out looking the same, but creased, so I thought hand felting might be less ‘delicate’ on them.

  4. Leonor says:

    Great work, Zed! I do wonder why the pieces got scratchier after felting, though 😮

  5. Looks like you will have a good group for the art therapy and the wall hanging. Maybe a few ne felt addicts too. Funny how they kept their stitches. Did you knit with large needles?

  6. MCH says:

    I hand washed the pieces I made, and also did some needle felting to it as well. It helped getting more texture to the piece.

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