A friend of mine, Shirley, taught a dyeing class at the guild. After the yarns are dyed they cut the knots off to share them around the class. She saved me the knots.
The next thing I did was create a neutral background. I think the colour is called antique
Next I had fun picking the knots to use an lay them out in a spiral
I was quite pleased with the layout until I took a picture to show someone else. Then I thought that’s really boring. I went home and added some yarn and lots of little bits of throwsters waste. Throwsters waste is a by-product of reeling silk.
Here it is all wet down.
During the felting process one of the knots came undone. There was no way to tie it up again so I untied all the knots.
I really don’t like that. All the pattern is gone and you can’t see the background very well. Nothing ventured nothing gained so I decided to trim all the knots short. It still need ironing to block it out to 12×12 but I like it much better. Friends say it looks like a pond with flowers.
We are starting a new blank calendar. It’s time to look back and look ahead. As I look back at my year it’s been quite busy. There have been lots of classes and I even took a couple of classes.
I managed to do some art with felt and make a huge curly fleece hat with horns for an exhibition.
There were not so good things. I didn’t get recalled to work in September so I am unemployed. On the bright side at least it was a good time. I had shows coming up so I did make some money. I sold some work to a store and got invited to sell work in a local museum store. One of the best things to happen has nothing to do with felt or wool. I found out I will be a grandmother in February. So now I have a reason for all this gray hair, I will be a nana.
My new year will be exiting with the new baby, hopefully a new part time job and more felt. I am hoping to try for the 3rd time making the felt boots I was supposed to try again last year. I think it will be a good year. I hope your year was good and the new one will even better.
I was tidying up after making something else and had a pile of green trimming. With Zed’s felt scraps post still fresh in my mind they looked like branches to me. I think I must be in a tree mood. I used prefelt for the back ground because I didn’t have any scrap black felt and I wanted to get on with making the pictures and not with felt making.
I used the edge of an off cut in very pale blue piece of felt for the snow and a very thin edge piece for the clouds and moon. its hard to see but I layered the snow pieces on 2 of the pictures to see if it would give more depth after felting. i have never had much luck wet felting finished felt to semi felted pieces but after some rubbing and rolling it all went together really well. I am quit pleased with how they turned out.
There is more depth in the layered pieces. It doesn’t show well bit it does make the snow look more dimensional. They still need ironing to straighten up the edges. They are a bit to big to use on cards. I think they might look nice side by side in a long frame.