Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Jeanette Appletons workshop

Neck wrap in colours I first thought were terrible but I am starting to like it, and two bowls it is a good way of really mixing up colours and leaving your comfort zone.
More results from her workshop

workshop with Jeanette Appleton

Jeanette's workshop was about colour and blending and how to make and use fine prefelts.
Firstly we took a small amount of wool in 3 to 4 different colours laid them down then blended them by hand ,them carded them.We then photographed them on black and white paper as a memory aid.It was lovely to see some of the beautiful shades produced.We then made a very fine prefelt by using these colours,I had taken a lot of colours that I was not too fond or so ended up with a real mishmash.
By placing other fabrics or wool fibres underneath you could change the shades and colour we then had to combine the different pieces .these cut outs were great for getting an idea of what parts might end up looking like.Some of the finished pieces

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Teaching a workshop at Malvern what a great day with lovely friendly ladies it was such fun.we were making a ruffled neck wrapwith fine merino wool with a lace insert.the lady above used scrim with great results
These two used metalic lace which very effective

Athis beautiful beaded material which looked lovely the  sequins dissolved whilst felting,such a shame.So what did they make sequins from?And here are a few of the finished neck wraps.It was a pleasure to spend the day with you ladies carry on felting

Lovely ruffles in this neck wrap

Thursday, 11 August 2016

wine bottle carrier

Have had great fun making these totes for wine bottles.They are wet felted around a resist then the details on the first were needle felted, the other two had grapes made from felt balls and
felted and embroidered leaves.
My maths are terrible but I am getting better at working out shrinkage rates and for these resists I just took the measurements from a wine bottle added a bit for the handle area and enlarged it by 30% and it has worked well.To me they are the sort of present you would give to someone who has everything!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

new felted items

 Long time since I posted but here goes, having finished my City and guilds in felting I am now enjoying making felted objects mainly scarves. Above is a large wall hanging which I was asked to make which has gone to the States after felting I embroidered the details and on the whole it worked well apart from under charging for it as I had not realised how long it would take but it was a good learning curve,
 I am now very keen on these high ruffled neck wraps which frame the face and elongate the neck,I started making them as a customer  asked me to make a neck wrap to cover her flabby neck.A friend had made her a lace one but it did not come up high enough so was not suitable she really wanted it in lace or crochet and could not understand that i only did felt.It does amaze me  how many people have not got a clue about felting but still buy my scarves.After 23 emails I made her one in dark grey with black lace and she was satisfied. During the course of these emails I took photos of myself in various neck wraps and was horrified to see how droopy my jowls were.

 So mainly been felting neck scarves and some glasses cases ,poppies seem very popular.

 We had three days in Brighton on the hottest day of the year so far the beach was crowded.This is the pavilion which was crowed with students having just received their diplomas.

British Airways tower does not open until August but they were testing it up and down you will be able to go up 162 metres if yo want to.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Last of the darker side of felt

Well I think Maria Friese has to be my favourite her bowls were superb,very sculptural beautifully finished and a joy and to look at.She gets her inspiration from the cycles of nature as seen in seeds and flowers as in the books by Ernst Haeckel, well I have the books so I must get going

 This piece is huge

Work by members of the IFA