Using Resists

I mentioned in my last post that we’d started playing with resists at the well-being centre recently, I showed the piece I’d made using strips and said we’d used flat resists for pouches. This is the one I made, though we all made fairly similar ones:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is the back:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week, we used flat resists to make 3D vessels, or at least mostly make, as some of us ran out of time! This is an action shot of Louise, fulling hers:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStill working on it, but it wasn’t far off being done, and this wasn’t much over an hour after starting:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt looked a lot nicer, but we’re in a basement with yellowy ceiling lights. I had to finish mine off when I got home:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStopping and starting and nattering, and probably general lack of concentration meant my inner two layers of Cheviot were separate from the locks and top two layers of Merino around the top a little bit:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI thought this week, we might do something sculptural, maybe something like this shell shaped piece:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOr maybe something more ‘abstract’ and textural, like this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI mentioned in the comments to my last post that we’re running out of dyed Merino, the group who originally bought the supplies have moved on to a different centre so we’re going to have to come up with fundraising ideas soon, but for now The Felting and Fiber Studio are our new ‘sponsors’, so I’m going to do a stock-check tomorrow then order some lovely new colours 🙂

If you have any suggestions for future themes for us to explore, post them in the comments 🙂

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12 Responses to Using Resists

  1. Lyn says:

    You’ve really found your niche Zed. Great work.
    Louise is a fast worker and I like the action shot showing her speed!
    Your natural colours vessel is beautiful – it is tricky to work when you start and stop – and I’m really liking the finished pink one with its nuno pattern.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Lyn 🙂
      I found a bag of leftovers from when I did my bright pink piece a few weeks ago, so thought I may aswell make a matching pouch. It was a little bit brighter though 🙂

  2. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    It’s great you’re able to to advance your class to resists. It really opens up a whole new level in felting. I’m sure they are enjoying it. It looks as if Louise has really taken to it. I look forward to seeing the finished pieces and what you decide for the next level.

    The earthy vase is lovely. Oh yes, the joys of working with cheviot. 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Marilyn 🙂
      It’s really cool how none of them are fazed at all and just try things. I suppose not being in Facebook groups or forums they’re not subject to people’s opinions on what ‘works’ or what is ‘easy’ or ‘hard’, and we’re all about playing and experimenting and learning by seeing how things turn out.

  3. 1marylou says:

    Visually interesting and well done. Resists are a wonderful addition to felting.

  4. Its great that they are willing to dive in no matter what you suggest. I like your fuzzy vessel. how did you find the cheviot felted. the stuff I tried didn’t felt down at all. I find it interesting that wools of the same breeds are so different there and hear

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ann 🙂
      I like Cheviot, I’ve never had a problem with it felting. There could be well over a hundred years breeding difference between same breeds I suppose, which would make a big difference. I wish I knew more about sheep history.

  5. ruthlane says:

    Looks like they are progressing well Zed. Must be because of the good teacher 🙂 I hope the fundraising effort works out for you.

    I love the natural wool vessel.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      Luckily there are lots of non-profit groups in the centre so I’m sure I’ll have lots of help if I need to do bids.

  6. Karen Lane says:

    Regarding the funding Zed, I wonder if your local Co-operative Society does the same sort of scheme that ours does. They support local community groups, I am treasurer for our local adult special needs group and we’ve had a couple of successful applications which were well worth applying for. The paper work was very straight forward and easy to complete. Might be worth a look.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks for that, Karen 🙂
      I’ll look into it. I know Skipton Building Society have a ‘grass roots’ fund to apply for too. I think we need (or I need) to become a non profit organisation and get a bank account before we apply for stuff, so I just have to remember to do that.

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