Art Therapy Update

Art Therapy Update

We had a go at making nuno felted flowers yesterday at the well-being centre. I made a few samples to take in for ideas. Of course, I forgot to take photos, but I found one of them hiding in the middle of a photo, so apologies for blurriness:

green flowerIt was made with a square piece of cotton gauze with wisps of Merino on top,  I cut it around the prefelt stage and stuck the little leftover bits onto what would become the middle piece. I layered it up and put a little piece of organza at the back, a button in the middle and sewed it together. We had a good selection of fabric to choose from, I’d dyed some scrim and cotton gauze, and so had Joyce who runs the craft group.  Lyn, Teri and Judith sent lots of fabric too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe mostly stuck to reds, pinks, and purples for the wool, you can see a couple of the blends I carded from donated wool at the front:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere aren’t too many of the blends left now, they’re always the first to get chosen! Starting off laying out:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEveryone was doing something different, some people had a couple of medium sized pieces, some had a few smaller pieces, the red pieces are Jo’s, she made a poppy, and the smaller pieces are Louise’s:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShirley put a lot of thought into choosing some gauze and a piece of a mustardy viscose scarf I think Lyn sent.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome people made larger pieces to cut out later. I think that’s fabric from Teri:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd wetting it down:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can see which piece will be the top of Jo’s poppy:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShirley picked different wool shades to match her fabric for her different layers:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ll have to show you in a few weeks how they turned out. This is one of the pieces from week 1, they have a machine embellisher at the craft group, so extra detail was being added:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd lastly, here’s a piece made by Barbara from our first nuno week:


12 thoughts on “Art Therapy Update

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing the flowers Zed! That’s a good group round the table – I can only see arms and hands but they all look busy and happy.

    1. Yeah, everyone seems to enjoy it and are gaining confidence 🙂
      I think some wouldn’t mind their photos taken, but just to make sure no one feels awkward I try to keep the photos just to the work, and I’m new there too so for some who just drop in they don’t know me at all.

  2. Looks like they are having fun. I look forward to seeing the flowers. It looks like the ones that have been there before are really getting into, planning their projects well and will end with some good results 🙂

    1. Yeah, I don’t think they realise how instinctively they do it now 🙂
      Or how fast. Last week we were doing panels for a wall-hanging, and using two of Shirley’s favourite colours, so after laying out one, she laid out another to take home and had felted both in no time.

  3. Looks like you all had a lot of fun, I would love to see the finished flowers too. Are any of your ladies following this blog?
    The purple Nuno is lovely, I expect Barbara is really pleased with it.

    1. Thanks Teri 🙂
      I don’t think I’ve given anyone the address, but I have told them I blog about it and that’s why I take photos. I like the purple nuno too, I used the same fabric but did it on White Merino and used more wool and it looked completely different.

  4. It looks like you had plenty of fabric and roving to play with. I can’t wait to see the finished flowers. it’s great they are gaining confidence. The purple nuno piece is lovely.

    1. Yeah, with what we bought and donations we have pretty much everything. I think people are being instinctive with layouts too, which is nice to see. I’ll have to tell Barbara how much her nuno is admired 🙂

    1. I’m sure they will be too, I think some people are finishing them at home and some are waiting to do it in the class. I need some brooch pins, mine are for fimo and have no sewing holes!

    1. I’ll show what I can when they’re put together 🙂
      I’ve only really made a couple over the years, but I made a few the night before as examples, the one in the top photo, an organza tulip type one and a coiled rose.

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