It’s taken me since early November when I last posted to get these pieces felted. I cut the silk painted sample I had made in two, and added a thin layer of white fleece – around the circles only, in one piece, and on the circles only, in the other.

painted silk with layer of wool

This lay for a month on my table. Then we needed the table for Christmas so I rolled the not-yet-felt up in the bubblewrap and put it on the shelf where it lay till last weekend, when I got it out and felted it.

painted silk, felted to gather the fabric in different ways

This image is of the side that wasn’t visible in my ‘before felting’ photo. I think that side is much more interesting but I will take some pics of the other side tomorrow, if there’s light enough, and put them on my Flickr.

I haven’t quite decided where to take this for my assessment piece. I like the effect around the felted circles very much, both the gathering and the distortion of the resist outlines; and I like the way the circles are connected; but I also like the textured background on the other piece, and the contrast between that and the billowing circles. I’m leaning towards using elements of both; and I think it will be a cushion cover, not a scarf. I may use one of my photos of the summer sea around the island to inspire the colours. Maybe this one.

waves at Balevullin, Tiree

I just wanted to thank you all for your encouraging comments about this process, and especially Trisha for taking the time to email me as well. I’m sorry I haven’t replied to you all. I struggled a bit through the period leading up to Christmas when Alan was away for three months but I’m feeling more positive now. And I’m really looking forward to the next module, which is ‘textile structures’, and focuses on yarn and tapestry weaving. (I’m just a little obsessed with yarn at the moment after all.) Alongside that, I must choose a personal theme around which to collect visual information into a book, to use in the final design project of the course. Like Emily Dickinson, I “dwell in possibility”…

handspun

a little bit of weaving

finally felted

10 thoughts on “finally felted

  • January 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm
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    Congratulations on getting going again!
    I love what you’ve done so far and think a cushion cover sounds good. And the yarn pictures are lovely too.
    Helen

  • January 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm
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    The nuno felt pieces are very inspiring – and I am in awe with your spinning! Good luck with your further work for the course!

  • January 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm
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    I love both the colours and texture and think a cushion would look great!!

  • January 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm
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    Well done! Its gorgeous. Love both the colours and the texture you created.Good luck with textile structures! Look forward to seeing what you make next.Are you aiming for Summer assessment?

  • January 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm
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    Oh I love everything in your post today, your felted piece is gorgeous, your fibres are delicious and I absolutely love the colours and textures in your weaving!

    Happy weekend
    Carolyn ♥

  • January 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm
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    This nuno piece is such a delight – good luck with the next module.

  • January 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm
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    Love the colours you used in your felted piece. Good luck with the weaving.

  • February 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm
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    We love reading your creative thought processes – and we couldn’t decide between the two nuno halves as they are both beautiful. Looking forward to seeing what you make from them.

  • March 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm
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    Beautiful pieces and what a lovely picture of the sea, you live in a gorgeous place!

  • April 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm
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    Just happened on your blog pleased I did great work lovely colours …will look for you on stitchin fingers …Lorna

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