Early Celtic Art Challenge Project Begun

I finally had a little time to begin working on a piece for the 2nd Quarter Challenge. Ann chose the Early Celtic art period and so I followed the links that she gave in her post. I didn’t realize there was a difference in later Celtic art (which is what I always think of when I think Celtic) and earlier art. I have been wanting to make a hat for a while now. Not sure why but I haven’t made one in quite a while so I decided I would research hats from the same time period and add an early Celtic design to the hat.

I found my design on the Ancient Celts site that Ann recommended. Then I researched hats in that same time period and found the Pileus. Now I am not sure that Celts wore this type of hat but it is from the same time period and was made from felt. It actually was worn by freed slaves and is conically shaped with no brim.

So here is a printout of the design, I used the bottom one. And then I enlarged it to fit the brim of my hat. I drew it by hand and then used permanent pen so I could see which line I was to follow.

As you can see from this closeup, I changed my lines as I went along, drawing with pencil first.

Here it is after cutting it out. And again, I didn’t follow all my pen lines. If I felt that I had drawn an area so it was too skinny, I cut to give it more width.

Here is the resist I am using for the hat and the design where it will go along the brim.

I then pinned it down to prefelt so I could cut it out.

I folded the prefelt into two layers so that I would have prefelt pattern all the way around the brim on the front and the back of the resist.

And here it is after I cut it all out. These hats traditionally are white with minimal decoration. So I am going to make the hat white too. So it will be white on white. If the pattern doesn’t show up well enough, I will do either hand stitching or machine stitching to outline the Celtic pattern.

The plan is to make the hat to prefelt stage and then stitch the cutout prefelt on to the hat to hold it in place better. I don’t want to have to worry about the pattern shifting around when I am felting it. So next time, I will hopefully show you the finished hat.

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More Crochet Textures

I continue to be fascinated with the variety of textures that be created with crochet.

While some look similar there are subtle variations that make them unique.

This is the Crunch stitch.  It is a tight pattern that looks similar on both sides. I especially like it with the shiny yarn.

The next two are the Spider stitch. Both were made with the same hook, but because of the difference in yarn, look slightly different.

The Raised Treble Diagonal stitch.  I completed this sample with the same first row just to give it a finished look.  The back of this one is plain.


Another favorite is the Primrose stitch or maybe its the color.


The Aligned Cobble stitch has two different sides. Its been overcast here, so the photos aren’t the greatest.  The second one on the dark background is the back.


The Textured Combo stitch has an interesting texture and is the same both front and back.


So, my crochet adventure continues.


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Different Shaped Pods From Circular Resists

Today we have the first of a few guest posts from our forum member Tracey.

I am very interested in the different ways that pods and vessels can be shaped, often seeing a felted piece and thinking ‘what shape resist did they use?’
The first pod pictured here was made using a 12” diameter round resist.  It has six layers of blended Merino wool each side, and it is embellished with silk yarn and mulberry silks.  I cut a 3” slit in the centre to extract the resist once fulled, and it resulted in an oval opening.  A crossed slit would make the opening more rounded, or you can just cut a small circle.  It is always better to start small, you can then make the opening bigger if required.

I also made a seashore pod.  This was made the same way as the green pod but I think the resist was about 19” diameter, quite big! I blended blues to replicate the sea and added white silk caps and curly locks to hopefully look like the crashing waves. I then sewed a few shells and sea glass onto the beach, using invisible thread.

Then as an experiment, I felted over another slightly smaller resist of 10” diameter, decorated it with silk caps and silk tops.  This time I cut the opening to extract the resist on the outer edge of the circle, so the bottom of the ‘vase’ is the opposite side to the cut, and here is the result.

I may sew beads around the top in an idle moment!
Here is a picture of where the openings were cut to extract the resist on the green and blue pods:

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Green and Yellow Nuno

I mentioned in my last post that I liked the effect of the plain green fabric so much I altered another piece I laid out. I can’t even remember what my original plan was, but I made a flat piece with various greens. I added some strips of the green fabric which looks like a chiffon (I haven’t tested to see if it’s silk, yet), and strips of cotton gauze and scrim. I overlapped the strips in places. This is how it turned out:

I always think angled photos show some textures you can’t see straight on:

I need to look at the fabric (headscarf) I tore the pieces from, it seems to have a texture or pattern to it I hadn’t noticed, like a basket weave pattern:

I liked the different textures that resulted from the fabrics overlapping:

Two pieces of scrim, usually very open weave, became a dense pile:

A big tangle of cotton gauze:

I don’t know if you remember the multi handpun yarn I showed a while ago, but I finished of a weaving with it. It looks less grey and dull when you get closer, but overall it looks dingy 🙂

It looks even less dull when you get closer!

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Nuno Felt Scarf Class

A few weeks ago I taught a nuno felt scarf class. As usual I had great students and we had a lot of fun.

I have grouped the 4 scarves into galleries so you can see the progressions.

These first 2 the students opted to leave a lot of the silk showing. This style always floats nicely when finished. The silk sort of puffs up when it is caught by the air.

The next 2 used more wool. This first one reminds me of water and sailing.

This last one has the most wool. When talking about design I was talking about how people tend to work along the scarf  like a landscape forgetting that the ends will hand down and if you want your flowers the right way up you need to make them the other direction. I think this one turned out especial well.

All in all I think they all turned out fantastic. People know what they are coming to do but they are always so surprised and pleased when it actually works. It is one of the best parts of teaching.

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Derby Rose

My friend has a great Kentucky Derby party each year with great food, fun hats and beautiful decorations. Oh, and we do watch the Kentucky Derby too! Each year I think that I will make some felt roses as a hostess gift but so far, that hasn’t happened. So I decided to get it together this year and make her a rose. Possibly more than one depending on time factors.

I picked out a variety of red wool. I had originally thought I would do a deep, dark red, almost maroon. But then decided to add some lighter colors too. I wanted to make the rose like you make a ruffled felt scarf, just smaller.

I wanted to  make the center darker and move towards lighter wool on the edges. So I laid out the center wool from right to left in a long narrow band. I should have made this much more narrow for the length as you’ll see at the end.

I then laid out the lighter wool from top to bottom at right angles to the center and overlapping a bit.

I added red, pink and white wool to the edges. All the edge wool was laid in one direction, opposite to the direction of the center strip. This allows the center strip to shrink along its length and gives you ruffled edges.

I added another layer of center wool laying it all out lengthwise. The layout is about 2 to 2 1/2 feet long by 1 foot wide.

I then wet it all down. The edges are very scraggly and I purposely did a very light layer for the edge wool so it would be thin petals when completed.

I then started working on the edges to get all the wool together. You can see I have started on the right hand side on the photo above.

Here it is after I have worked all the way around the edges. I also began some gentle rubbing. I could have rolled it at this point but rarely do any rolling.

Here it is after I flipped it over to the other side. A bit redder on this side.

I continued rubbing working my hand along the length to shrink it lengthwise. I generally rubbed the edges in a circular motion allowing “petals” to form as they wanted. The photo above shows about midway through the process.

To full it, I did roll it upon itself and worked it lengthwise. After a bit of rolling, hot and cold water, it had shrunk down quite a bit.

Here you can see the shrinkage of almost 50%. I didn’t measure it but it looks about half the size to me.

Then I took it and folded it in half lengthwise and rolled it up shaping the petals as I went. As you can see, there is a lot of the center in a wad behind the rose. I suppose I could work on attaching it lower so more of the center shows. Or I could cut it in half lengthwise and roll it up into two roses. But I didn’t really like the contrast of the dark maroon to the lighter pink petals. Too much contrast.

I just happened to have a couple of pieces of nuno felt saved over from my tree that I made several years ago.  Here they are showing the silk side.

And here with the felt side up.

I put the rose in a small cup to take the photos. Perhaps I’ll make a small pod for the rose or roses to sit in. That would make a nice gift.

And one more photo with the petals rearranged differently. I’m pleased with the outcome even though I would probably change a few things for the next one. Hopefully, I will get another one done before Derby time.


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Finishing a Vase Cover

Last year I made a couple of vase covers using hand dyed Domestic 56 wool from Cathy (Luvswool).  Normally, I like the bright colors, but I really liked these subtle natural colors. Here is front and back.

But it seemed like it needed something. So, it has been sitting in the UFO pile waiting for some inspiration on how to finish it.

A few weeks ago when I wrote about crochet, Lyn provided a link to make a rose. https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2017/03/19/discovering-textures-in-crochet/

So, I tried it. It was very easy, thanks Lyn!

Then of course, I had to learn to make leaves and a stem.

When I laid it on the vase cover, I really liked it.

Then I sewed it on.  Here it is finished.

What UFOs have you finished recently?

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