Saturday, 8 December 2012

Felt workshop...just for me!


 I felt in need (ha ha!) of a workshop to make something JUST FOR ME!!!!!! When I saw on Facebook (it does have it's uses, after all!) that Meg , my Yoga teacher, was giving a felt making workshop I booked it. A treat after all my hard work ;) She's a very creative person & used to make felt hats & scarves & hangings before teaching took over her life.

Above are the samples having been whetted out & rolled a little.


A snowy view of Bla Bheinn (Blaven) from Meg's sitting room

 After a delicious lunch we knocked up a simple scarf shape, which I will probably cut (gasp!) into a couple of books to keep the samples in. I haven't done much wet felting so wanted to do little tests - on the left is a little 'pocket' using a resist - I'll make it into a purse. To the right is a piece of muslin with pink on the reverse, the idea is the fabric is 'ruched' when the wool shrinks. I'd taken some thread to stitch on small pieces of fabric at prefelt stage but I was probably talking (& listening!) too much. tho the right is a 'blend' of purple & turquoise with a silky top & thread embedded, above that is pale wool with dark fabric - only natural fabric will felt together with wool. To it's right is a deep pink & black with a 'moon' of black velvety fabric which is held on with whisps of wool, trapping it. I'll stitch for definition later.

 The bottom middle piece is your classic 'sea' colors with threads on the surface - I do like this! then a thick wool 'spiral' embedded & beyond that the 'real' colors of the shore outside my house - yellow ochre, terracotta & blood red with a dash of dark & lime green added, not the usual idea of sea colors, I know, but true. At the bottom right burgundy &  green wool trapping burgundy organza. Some lovely experiments.


 Above & below are subtle (for me)  but interesting bits of the scarf/book cover/hanging backing, whatever it turns out to be with bits of gold organza & gold threads 'trapped'.


A wonderful day of experiments & I will now have the confidence to throw more at it next time - it's amazing how bits of color disappear once embedded - & it'll be a lovely bit of fabric to stitch into of an evening once I've invested in a daylight lamp - the glow from the telly just doesn't cut it! I discovered I had 'Creative Felting' by Lizzie Houghton ( I had tried to get Meg to help me make one of Lizzie's coat's but she wasn't having it ;)  feeling a little guilty as I knew I had the book but hadn't realised it was by the same beautifully creative person I saw at Knitting & Stitching. So I look forward to pouring thru that using the renewed inspiration Meg gave me.






A very quick back of an envelope sketch - literally, it's all I had in the car of one of the views down the Elgol peninsua to where Meg lives in Torrin, half way down. I see views all the time, I'm so lucky but once back in the studio I need a visual reminder of what went where & what the actual colors were. I used to think a sketch had to be a worthy piece of work; now I'm getting better at just scribbling....for me.

15 comments:

Kimberly said...

I envy your felting class. It's something I've been wanting to try but I'm so spread out with supplies and ideas that I'm overwhelmed lately.
It's great to see what you're up to Emma. I'm afraid i haven't been a very good blog buddy lately. Hope you're doing well! Happy Holidays to you.
xo

Nellie said...

More great creations from you, Emma!

Enjoy your week-end!

Suztats said...

Lovely experiments from your felting class, Emma! I'm looking forward to seeing more.

ju-north said...

Like what you have done! I've done some wet felting but prefer the embellisher to do felt now! Too hard on the hands all that rolling and slapping!

Maggi said...

Lovely samples. Fancy forgetting that you had Lizzie's book, its gorgeous. I agree about sketchbooks, they don't have to be works of art in themselves, they just have to work for you. I think too much emphasis is put on creating wonderful sketchbooks these days, so much so that no making ever gets done.

Julie said...

I'm qith Ju-North I find wet felting hard on the hands even though I have got all sorts of equipment for it, well you do, don't you? I love what you've done and I agree about the sketchbooks, I often make written notes in place of detailed drawings.

Dot said...

Your felting results are beautiful Emma! Am sure you will make beautiful creations from them.

Heloise said...

You certainly came away with lots of examples and ideas for what to do with some pieces. Are you going to use the sketch on the book cover?

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Felting is hard work but the results always astoud me. One of these days I will take a class, lots round here. Keep it up it can only ad to your wonderful work. xox

jan said...

I love your felting, it's something I like to do because I find it therapeutic, but saying that haven't done any for ages! Just not enough time is there:-)

Sue M said...

Lucky you I' dlove to do that there!

underatopazsky said...

Those samples look wonderful and so tempting to play with! Mmm, nothing like felt!

Carole said...

You my dear, Emma, always inspire me to try new things. Your energy is amazing and your interests seem to be never ending. Can you feel my admiration for you across the sea? xo

Iz said...

Oh, what a fabulous view for some felting. I think you may find that felting becomes addictive...

Linda Stokes said...

You've obviously had fun with felting & great samples - Look forward to more! I've done a little felting - more is on the to do list.