My response to Sharon’s April TIF challenge is about craft as change, taking something raw and unformed but full of potential, and effecting a transformation through a making process. Something like ‘n things to do with a piece of fleece’ where n is currently undefined, but (though possibly infinite!) will be determined by how far I get by the end of the month. I’ll put it together as a series of journal pages.

pink fleece

I decided to start with fleece and it isn’t actually raw – it’s already been washed, carded and dyed – a lovely crushed raspberry pink merino, dyed with madder and logwood, which I bought last week from Fiery Felts at the Embroiderers’ Guild North West Regional Day.

So far I’ve done some small experiments with weaving, knitting, needlefelting, and hand stitching, and I’ve started doing some felting.

weaving with fleece

I wove some of the fleece with a wool mohair warp and some with a fleece warp – I did two of each so I could felt one.

playing with fleece

Creative mayhem…

fleece ready to felt

Ready to felt – thick and thin layers of pink fleece, adding colours to the pink, felting onto muslin, knitted and woven samples. More to come when these are done…

TIF Challenge April 2
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6 thoughts on “TIF Challenge April 2

  • April 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm
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    Looking forward to the rest. Lovely colors!!
    Guess it’s my water that prevents me from getting rich colors with veg.dyes

    neki desu

  • April 28, 2008 at 6:56 pm
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    That colour is absolutely beautiful. I want to know how even your experiemtnts look so good? mine just look dull! You look very well organised.

  • April 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm
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    Oh, we are thinking almost the same! I have just posted my TIF! And was reading today a lot about madder, I bought it with logwood… but see that for good reds I would need thermometer to keep temperature under 60 C.

  • April 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm
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    Your well on your way,,this looks exciting!

  • April 30, 2008 at 6:58 pm
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    Wow you’re place looks like a colourful and exciting science lab!
    Can’t wait to see what happens next.
    Caroline
    X

  • May 8, 2008 at 7:58 pm
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    I like your interpretation a lot, and I love the look of the whirl of activities taking place on your desk!

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