Bits and Bobs

I made a couple of felt pieces to use as lampshade covers not so long ago, one of them wasn’t nice at all, it looked okay, but it was made with Shetland, and what I think is Corriedale (from a bag of Botany Lap Waste) and now I understand why people shiver at wool! I used that one for the shade, but couldn’t get a decent photo. The other piece I made is going to be a removable ‘skirt’ when I think of how to attach it. It’s a bit crinkled because it ended up under a pile of things!

A while ago we made pouches using resists at the well being centre. I think I might rewet this and reshape it as a bottle cover:

We’re going to start learning some techniques for making felt landscape pictures at the Well Being Centre. After we were talking about it I showed the group the picture Tracey blogged about not so long ago:

I also showed some of Marion/Blyth Whimsies gorgeous floral pieces: https://www.flickr.com/photos/24232165@N03/albums/72157681820827174 I don’t think we’ll be making anything on that scale though! To get started we made some really simple landscapes, I like doing these, they’re usually around postcard size:

I made it clear that landscapes aren’t something I’m particularly good at or experienced with, Mine are usually simple like that above or very abstract like this:

But, I know fibres and effects and techniques, so we’re going to start with those and build up the skills to make more adventurous pieces. We’re going to start with making simple things like wool strands and twists:

Wool kebabs … I recently read something that when small rolags (usually of cotton) are made, they’re called ‘punis’. But I think these are even smaller, and I’ve been calling them ‘kebabs’ – because they’re rolled around a kebab stick-for so long it’s just stuck now!

Handspun yarn, singles, plied, mixed with fibres or commercial yarns etc:

Coils and Spirals:

We’re probably going to buy some prefelt, but we’ll make our own too:

And combine all the things:

And add things like leaves and flowers, nepps, fibres etc. And hopefully, we’ll all be landscape experts before long! Luckily, we have a group member who is amazing at hand-stitching and embroidery and our very own Free Motion Embroidery expert so we can embellish on the sewing machines too 🙂

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15 Responses to Bits and Bobs

  1. linda says:

    These are pretty. I’ve been trying to use neps with no luck. They won’t felt into my piece. Any suggestions?

    • hippopip says:

      A tutor told me and I have used them ever since that cotton neps felt in better and it’s true.The only way with wool neps is to cover them in wisps of wool or comb them into the wool fibres

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Linda 🙂
      Yeah I agree with hippopip, cotton nepps and viscose nepps felt in a lot easier. Wisps help over wool nepps or combing them to rough them up/loosen the fibres. Wool burrs are softer than wool nepps and felt in easier.

  2. Nice pieces Zed. could you attach it with a few Velcro dots on the skirt? It looks like your well being center is going to be very busy.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ann 🙂
      I can’t get ‘mild’ velcro here, it’s always the kind that is likely to rip off your project before separating from its other half! The felt is quite cobwebby too. It might just stick to itself anyway, like fuzzy-felt, I’ll have to try.

  3. Nada Vukadinovic says:

    Lovel landscapes, Zed. Lots of good ideas too. I like your idea of making wool kebabs.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Nada 🙂
      My current kebab collection is just fluff removed from the carders so it’ll be fun to custom make some with a purpose 🙂

  4. Lyn says:

    I love the colours on the pouch – remade into a bottle cover would be good and would keep a bottle either cold or hot longer than if it were uncovered.
    I like your abstract landscapes – you do lovely colour combos on them.

  5. ruthlane says:

    I love the abstract landscapes Zed! I like that they can be interpreted many ways instead of being photo realistic. It’s great that you have experts to help out in the embroidery area. Can’t wait to see the results of the landscapes from the group.

  6. Tracey says:

    I love the abstract pieces too Zed, it is all about imagination and how we perceive things. Have you attempted FME yet?!

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Tracey 🙂
      No, I haven’t even tried to attach my darning foot yet! I’m sure I’ll be fine once I’ve been shown what to do!

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