Year End Round Up

I suppose my ‘Year end round up’ wouldn’t be complete without me saying I didn’t get half as much done as I’d have liked! Or that I’m surprised I got as much done as I did πŸ™‚
One of the biggest things of this year for the 4 of us was starting our online College of Felt and Fiber Arts with the ‘Wet Felting for Beginners’ course. We got some brilliant feed back for that and so many requests and enquiries about classes that we decided to have it on-going continuously.

aa wet felting FOR BEGINNERS 3 PART COURSEI tried out a lot of ‘new’ wools earlier this year which I’d discovered on the wollknoll site. This is one listed as ‘Arctic Fox’, I never did find out what it actually is, though it was quite soft and similar to Bluefaced Leicester. I tried a variety of fibres with it, along the top is Soy top, below that is black Bamboo top (L) and Milk Protein (R), then some Hemp fibre, and at the bottom is Viscose top:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was ‘Russian Camelhair’, which I guessed was camel coloured Romanov. I used Ramie fibre with it:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn May, I finally finished an e-book I’d first had an idea for and started working on about 8 years ago. ‘The Right Fibre‘ is (like it says on the ‘cover’) a guide to using embellishment fibres in wet felting.

The Right Fibre smallI tried over 20 different embellishment fibres (some didn’t make the final edit) and made lots of control samples and felting techniques to see the kind of things which affect the outcome of how the fibres look. It was hard, playing with wool and fibres, but someone had to do it πŸ˜‰Β  Actually that was the fun part, it was having to keep leaving it alone to stew for a while until the ideas of how to organise the sections and how to format it fell into place. Luckily, as with other e-books and tutorials I’ve written, I had lots of help from studio site and forum members and my poor non felting girlfriend who now has an unusually large range of knowledge and understanding of all things wool, felt, fabric and fibre, despite never having felted in her life πŸ™‚

viscose topIn August I did ‘MakeFest’ at the Science and Industry museum, helped by my sister. It was hectic and overwhelming at first until we got some order and organisation. I learned that it’s possible to make a nice piece of felt on your first try at any age, and even the worst lumpy, clumpy layouts will turn out pretty good. We had lots of nice people having a go, this was the layout by Annabelle, who did it all by herself and was only 5:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI got interested in creativity for well-being or ‘Art Therapy’ this year and posted about the first wet felting workshop. This was everyone working away:


And just last week I told you about the Start2 website which has lots of activities designed to get you creating and improve your well-being. I had quite a lot of fibres left over from MakeFest, so I did a fair bit of dyeing last year. This is dyed viscose:

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Some dyed Bamboo staple:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd Silk Carrier rods:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother highlight of the year was getting lots of gorgeous Swedish wool and Gotland Locks from Zara:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did manage to do some felting this year! This was my favourite piece, inspired by plaid:

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I hope everyone has had a good year with lots of felt and fibres πŸ™‚

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17 Responses to Year End Round Up

  1. You have been very busy this year. I am going to have to look back to see what I have done. I don’t feel like I have done much.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ann πŸ™‚
      I’m going to have a really small list of things I want to do next year, then I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished loads when I look back!

  2. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    It’s always interesting to take a look back. You’re right, we expect more then are surprised at what we get accomplished. It helps we need something new every week. :-). You’ve certainly branched out this year with your teaching at Makefest and the Well Being Centre. A big step! Congrats!

  3. luvswool says:

    Zed, that’s quite a list of accomplishments for 2015. You should be way proud of yourself, as we are! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve for the New Year. Cheers!

  4. Lyn says:

    You HAVE done a lot – feeling as if you could have achieved more is something we all feel I’m sure. If I were you I would be very proud of the group you organised. And I too love the plaid piece.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Lyn πŸ™‚
      And thanks for all your lovely donations to the group too, I know they were all appreciated.

  5. ruthlane says:

    Looks like you have done a lot this year. I think your work with the Well Being Centre has been great and finishing the Right Fibre is a big accomplishment. I’m sure 2016 will be even better πŸ™‚

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      I didn’t think I’d ever finish The Right Fibre, and I have really liked the Well Being centre and how enthusiastic people are.

  6. Jane Dolan says:

    Well done to you all at the Felting and Fibre Studio, lots of wonderful things you have shown through out the year. Thanks for all the encouragement for felters to share and see work from all over the world.

  7. Irene Maria Pinto de Freitas says:

    Just want to wish you a wonderful 2016 full with inspiration for fantastic new projects.

  8. zararooke says:

    I’m glad to have been able to contribute with some locks as one of your highlights of the year. πŸ™‚ Getting a box of goodies from you in return was definately one of my highlights – and this year I have decided to use some of it too. πŸ˜‰

    • zedster66 says:

      I’m glad that was one of your highlights too πŸ™‚
      I suppose it is time to stop hoarding and use more! I might even share some with the well being centre classes!

    • zararooke says:

      Good idea Zed! The sheep are currently growing new fleeces and need to be sheared this year too… πŸ˜‰

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