This is a quick( I lost a day so I am late) post about the class I taught on Saturday. I taught it at the Ottawa Valley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild. Mostly it is just a lot of pictures of the layout and then after felting. I hear that’s what social media is supposed to be these days lots of pictures and very little reading so I hope you like it.
These are the layouts. A very creative bunch and I think everyone used silk hankies to have a go at making flowers.
I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. It was more work than some thought it would be but that is normal for a felting class. In the end, I think they liked the result.
I used the batch resize feature of my photo program for the first time and it worked out really well. If I had had more time I probably would have done som more precise cropping but when your in a hurry you just have to hold your breath and push the yes butten.
I had another wonderful group of ladies learning to make Nuno felt. I had 5 in the class.
Here everyone is laying out their base wool on the silk blanks I had dyed for the class
Ruth has been talking about layout effecting shrinkage. Some of these ladies are laying their wool along the scarf to get a shorter but wider scarf and the others are laying the wool across the scarf to get a longer but narrower scarf.
After the base is laid down they get to add the embellishments, more wool, curls or silk fibres, hankies or throwsters waste.
Then after much rubbing and rolling and some scrunching and throwing everyone had a lovely finished scarf. the first 2 below put very thin layers so the silk would show through to the wool side.
Everyone seemed really pleased with what they had done and the magic of making nuno felt. I am always amazed at how different everyone pieces are and the surprise when it really works.
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.