Vessel and Pod

I don’t think I’ve ever used a flat resist for a vessel like this before. The idea was to make it as an example of using resists to take to the felting class at the well-being centre, but before I’d even finished the layout, I knew it’d be too much for us to do in a couple of hours. I used lots of the Gotland locks from Zara, and decided to work inside out, so I laid these on the resist first. I used a couple of layers of Gotland fleece, then some cheaper ‘Scottish Grey’ I’d bought from wollknoll.Β  Between the Gotland and Scottish fleece I added some more Gotland locks around the top. There is a bit of a ridge inside, but I thought it turned out really well:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a couple of close ups of the locks around the top:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used lots of different ones:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA closer look at the bottom, the locks felted in really nicely but still kept lots of character:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen we did use resists at the well being centre, they didn’t quite turn out as planned. Because I had ‘vessels’ in mind and got out all the natural wools, I wasn’t thinking properly, so I cut a resist for a glasses case based on using Merino like I usually do, so when thick layers of English 56s, Finnish and Corriedale were used, it barely shrunk and turned into a small sturdy bag! I was running out of time, so only did 3 layers on my bird pod, so it ended up shrinking a lot more widthways and became very tall and narrow! One of the members in the group liked it though so hopefully the blue tits in her garden do, too πŸ™‚


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22 Responses to Vessel and Pod

  1. luvswool says:

    Neutrals are always winners in my book, and the combo of grey, white and black–along with locks–are so appealing. Felt projects don’t always turn out as we anticipate, but felt is so versatile. That’s a good lesson for students to learn.

    • zedster66 says:

      Yeah, naturals never look ‘wrong’ together do they? πŸ™‚
      When we do more structured classes they’ll be geared towards experimenting and learning how things work and turn out, but it’s usually a good idea if the ‘teacher’ has a clue what they’re doing πŸ™‚ I think the planning will help me more!

  2. Lyn says:

    I love the naturals too – and the locks that tumble away from the top are a fabulous design feature on your vessel.
    The bird pod is a very pretty sculptural piece – doesn’t matter if it’s not appreciated by the birds as it will still look good in the garden!

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Lyn πŸ™‚
      It looks like a tiny chimenea! I like the way they look too more than whether they’ll be used. Maybe I’ll do some pod-bombing in our local park!

  3. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    I’m learning to love the naturals. The vessel and pod turned out great. Mistakes are opportunities to learn. Or at least I like to think so. πŸ™‚

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Marilyn πŸ™‚
      It’s alright having brain fog in the privacy of your own home, but not so good doing a class! At least I found my way home alright πŸ˜‰

  4. 1marylou says:

    Wonderful vessels. The locks are a nice addition.

  5. josiedb says:

    Love your vessels and the beautiful locs. You have inspired me to think about making something similar as I love locs. I will try the Gotland as you suggested and test for shrinkage before i work on project. I also have a bag of Finnish Wool in natural shades. Would this work?

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks Josie πŸ™‚
      Yeah, Finnish will work well. If you use a flat resist, especially if you’re working inside out like I did, I’d suggest on the last couple of layers to be careful around the sides, just use thinner amounts. The ridge I had isn’t too thick, but is noticeable. Oh, and my resist was curved at the bottom to help when it was shaped.

  6. ruthlane says:

    The vessel is gorgeous Zed. I really like the locks. Did you roll the project with the resist inside? I have found that when I roll resists especially ones with lots of wool, that I get the ridge much more often than when I just rub and take the resist out pretty early on just as it is holding together.

    I love the skinny bird pod and pod bombing sounds like lots of fun πŸ™‚

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      I didn’t do any rolling at all. I used carded fleece/batts though, which I always find a harder to control than tops, with obvious thick and thin ends, so even though I tried not to put too much around the edges, I did do. Luckily the ridge is hidden inside though.

  7. Sue says:

    Love your projects…how do you stop the locks from felting together? Do you have a tutorial for this anywhere?

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Sue πŸ™‚
      I don’t think I’ve done a post about it, sorry. I use raw locks so that helps them not felting together, and also, I just don’t rub that part, just rub where the base of the locks are sandwiched between the wool layers. Some people wrap the locks in cling-film/plastic wrap, or just cover them. I wasn’t very careful with these because of the general texturey look I was going for, but just being careful and making sure they’re not attaching together works:

  8. Teri Berry says:

    Count me in for the pod-bombing – that sounds like a lot of fun! Great textures on the pod and I really like the the elongated bird pod, very elegant πŸ™‚

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Teri πŸ™‚
      I’ll probably get arrested for littering or something if I get caught pod bombing πŸ™‚

  9. wendycoyne says:

    I have never thought of using neutrals, but I will be now, thanks for the great post

  10. The vessel is great and so it the bird pod. It will look great hanging in the garden.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ann πŸ™‚
      They’re time consuming and fiddly but they always look good don’t they?

  11. zararooke says:

    I’m so happy to see that you have started using the Gotland locks! πŸ˜€ And I do like the slightly wild and rustic look of the vessel.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Zara πŸ™‚
      I would be using them more, but I don’t have a proper felting space right now. Hopefully soon, and I can use them for more bird pods.

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