Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Felting and fiber studio forum

I joined this group about a year ago it is brilliant for all the information it has instructions and friendly help well worth  a look.      It has a challenge each quarter and this time it was Japanese Art in the Edo period,I thought it would be good to try and stretch myself so I had a go. The picture on the right is the one I copied it is a wall hanging using ink and paint on silk. In hindsight I probably should have put my own twist on it .
I choose to do the main part in prefelts so they were picked from my bag of prefelt pieces.The white on the crane was needlefelted into place.Below it shows the pieces in place and wetted out.
 When I did Andrea's workshop she had us using velcro to hold the roll in place it makes life so much easier and much neater and quicker then tights or rubber bands

 the finished picture colours have dulled because of the white layers felting through and I have put too much white over the rising sun would use more of a yellow tone another time,also looking at it now the tree seems too small but it is supposed to be a bonsai.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Andrea Hunter my work


ANDREA HUNTER students work

Andrea's workshop

I have got some way to go before I can make them as great as this but  I am practising.Some of my fellow students made fantastic pictures

Andrea Hunter's wonderful workshop

A brilliant workshop I learnt so much about making pictures using felt in a painterly way and it was just so enjoyable. Andrea lives in Wensleydale in Yorkshire she bases most of her pictures on the landscape She captures perfectly the wild countryside.

Cotton seeds blowing in the wind

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