Absolutely ages ago I started a notebook cover of purple poppies on a background of grey carded BFL using standard A5 sizing. What better time than the start of a new year to finish it.
Above is the view of both front and back of the notebook. I forgot to take photos during felting but the finished book is below.
It’s finished in black blanket edge stitch and embellised with french knots in the centre of the flowers.
There’s also a little fine running stitch on the black stalks, black running stitch on the black centres and some lilac running stitch on the lighter areas of the flowers.
I enjoyed making the poppies in traditional colours but if anything I think I’ve enjoyed the purple ones more. The notebook is now for sale at £28 including postage, just email me if you’d like to buy.
Before beginning any large project it’s worth doing a practice run or sampler. I intend to make a large sheep shaped door stop so making a smaller version that could act as a paper weight seemed a good idea. First the resist.
The silhouette looked good so I began the laying out. The black for the legs is black Shetland and the body is White Welsh.
It really needs some texture don’t you think? These Blue Faced Leicester curls are the perfect scale for smaller items, I have some Cotswold fleece I’m keeping for the larger version.
Once it was off the resist and beginning to shrink I decided to add a few facial details. I’m not entirely sure that trying to needle on eyes and mouth on wet wool whilst standing up was a good idea. Definitely not one to repeat unless I want a crazed or cartoon type face on the larger door stop.
The shape has worked out very well so all I need is a larger version for the door stop. I would change the ‘legs’ section of the resist to make it much deeper. The extra depth would allow for the fact that it needs a large area to stand on to keep it stable. It will of course be weighted but a stable base is essential.
I didn’t add ears but I’m not sure it needs it, what do you think?
Spinning January 6th, 2015
I seem to have done quite a lot of spinning in the last 6 months and I think that’s mainly because I’ve done most of it on a drop spindle which is extremely portable. You can just pick it up and put it down at will with no need to drag the wheel out of a corner. Don’t get me wrong, I like spinning on the wheel it’s just that I like the drop spindle even more and it takes up so little space in an overnight bag and I can spin my yarn whilst demonstrating at shows.
From left to right – hand dyed Swaledale plied with BFL, hand dyed Jacob/Bamboo and dyed BFL. The first is destined for a friend but the seond two are for me to use. I really really love the Jacob/Bamboo and I’m hoping that I’ve managed to spin it fine enough that I’ll have sufficient for a laceweight shawl or scarf. I adore the colours of the BFL which are natural brown blended with blue, purple and a little turquoise but I have no idea what I’ll do with it. Fingerless mittens perhaps?