For the fourth quarter challenge, the Robin is made from ‘stash’ only and is seasonal, and as sometimes happens, my original plan changed after I’d started the project!
I had decided to make a white Merino base, place open weave fabric on it in the shape of a robin, add some sparse Merino wool tops and more tiny pieces of fabric then finish off with a bit of needle felting to make the eye, beak and legs.
I chose some scraps of open weave fabrics …
… and wool in robin colours.
I started by re-using the white Merino wool that had formed the ‘snow’ for the snowmen Christmas card diorama (shown later in this post). I’d gathered up all the bits of white Merino into a bag with the intention of running it through the carder but then the lazy part of my mind told me to not bother – so I did a very rough layout for the background of the Robin, using the messy white wool, and crossed my fingers.
I netted it over, wetted it and soaped it flat.
Then I cut the robin body shapes from the very open weave fabrics from my stash, then wetted them down onto the white background – I like using these fabrics as they stay flat in nuno felt. Shown below is the layout before felting.
I tried several times to put a thin, messy layer of the ‘robin coloured’ wool fibres over the fabric so that it would still show through but enable me to add more fabric. I was hoping to achieve a textured finish with very small scraps of fabric but I couldn’t make it work so I just made the nuno felt and decided on plan B – to embellish with “scribble” stitch.
When the nuno felt was rinsed and dried, I ironed interfacing to the back to make the felt easier to stitch into.
My snow-people family decided to ice a gingerbread house this year and I photographed the diorama for my Christmas cards. Again, this fits the challenge as it’s made completely from ‘stash’ and is seasonal.
The snowmen are made from white Merino wool tops wet-felted into balls then stitched together. Their noses are made from orange Merino wool, their arms from floristry wire and I had a great time knitting and sewing their hats and scarves. Thanks to Annie for suggesting the holly in the hat – it was made from fabric and red Merino wool.
The gingerbread house was made from cardboard covered in silk fabric and the icing is hand-stitched yarn. The icing bags are made from corners of a plastic bag and filled with Merino wool fibre.
The snow is a layer of white Merino wool tops and the sky is a grey board.
Should you make anything for this challenge, please post your entries on the Felting and Fiber Forum.