a life of fibre

A little bit of weaving April 25th, 2018

When I have time I enjoy a few minutes on my knitters loom, when I don’t have time it, folds up and slips behind the chair. Recently I’ve been using some lovely Jacob yarn from The Knitting Gift Shop and am quite pleased with the outcome, two delicious bedside rugs.

You can see the one on the left has not yet had the fringe finished and been blocked but I couldn’t wait any longer to show you.

I thought I would like the one with more white in best but I think the dark one is stealing my heart, how unexpected.

Nuno scarf workshop April 19th, 2018

I ran a nuno scarf workshop last Friday. Everyone began with white silk gauze and white Merino but the results are very different. Enjoy…

Didn’t they do well!  Thanks to Claire and Kath for modelling their scarves. I’m also very grateful for all the help I had in tidying up at theend of the day – thank you x

Wool Stories – The Felted Mill April 15th, 2018

Yesterday morning was the opening of the exhibition down at Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills. If you recall my posts from earlier in the year when I talked about my involvement in the project, you’ll realise it’s been nearly a year in the making. There’s work from 21 felt makers, covering 2d and 3d work inspired by the mill, it’s contents or environs.

Is it a scarf? April 12th, 2018

Well, it was meant to be. I had some lovely broad french lace which I thought of using for a nuno scarf. Carefully laying out the wool, I added the lace on one side and dyed silk laps on the other and began rolling. Stopping part way to check how it was progressing, I decided I really didn’t like it and promptly ripped the wool from the lace setting it aside as a pre-felt I could come back to later.

Ripping the wool off whilst it was wet meant it stretched and pulled it, it looked quite good, I began to have thoughts of using it as a collar on a pot, hmm….

 

To begin, I made a basic white pot on a resist and took it to the pre-felt stage with the resist moved. Using about half the scarf length I began pleating and tacking it in place before recommencing felting.

I really like all the chunky texture around the opening contrasting with the plain pot.

Really pleased with how it turned out and I still have half the prefelt and all of the lace leftover for another project. Should I bead the collar??

Vintage style book cover April 6th, 2018

In my stash was a damaged vintage silk scarf which I thought it was time to use. I laid it onto a background of white Blue Faced Leicester wool and felted it to make a book cover.

It worked out even better than I had hoped and will shortly make it’s way into Out of the Ordinary in Skipton.

‘Wool’ pot April 1st, 2018

I had a little bit of printing left after my Armley Mills pieces were made and felt inspired to make a pot with them.

You can see I’ve cut round the shape of the letters, the plan being to shape the rim of the pot in the same way.

The word is repeated on the other side too but in a different font and true to form, I forgot to take another photo during laying out.

This huge O and fancy L are my favourite letters. The font on the other side was so large it was difficult fitting it all on.

I used silk paj printed and felted onto Blue Faced Leicester. I did consider embellishing the pot but wasn’t sure and allowed myself to be convinced to leave it plain. Sometimes less is definitely more.

Moorfield School Part 2 March 28th, 2018

Having the scale plan on the wall allowed the students to see what we were working towards.

We began by making all the prefelts ready to cut into shapes for the buildings.

The wall plan was useful for tracing the outline of the building sections preparatory to cutting out. Using a white prefelt for the background, we could then start laying on the pieces.

Building it up piece by piece.

Three main colours were chosen for the building – pink, purple and yellow with red for the roofs. Orange was chosen for the new part of the building and grey with sparkly angelina fibres for all the windows.

Time to start adding detail.

Down to work. Working in teams to roll both with hands and then feet.

It was worth all the work.

It’ll be hung by the means of tabs on the top edge. You’ll notice these aren’t evely spaced so that if, in future, the school would like to hang it as a triptych it’ll be a simple process of cutting it into three.

The students were a pleasure to work with and this may have been a large project but it was fun.

Moorfield School Part 1 March 21st, 2018

I’ve been very lucky over the years to work regularly with Moorfield School in Ilkley and was invited back again this month. Each time I liaise with the teacher to see what the subject will be dependent upon what’s being studied  and we’ve done everything from local scenes to poppy memorials.

The teacher thought we should do a local landmark like the cow and calf rocks and I thought perhaps we could do it in pop art style. We were looking to produce a wall hanging for in a stairwell and my next idea was that we produced a picture of the school and as I love Friedensreich Hundertwasser, we’d be inspired by his colourful style.

Now, who wouldn’t be inspired by this building? My plan was to have the children make prefelt which we could cut into the various shapes to construct the building. It would all be done in bright colours and with lots of pattern.

You can’t just turn up and hope it goes to plan, it needs advance work for which I need to thank Hubby for the time he spent on the floor drawing a scale plan with me.

Large isn’t it? The finished felt will be 1.5m wide by 75cm tall and of course we needed to start larger. It was quite a project.

Covered vases March 7th, 2018

For the felt vessel workshop that I ran recently I managed to source some short glass vases, just perfect for covering with felt. The workshop was working in British wools with silk and plant fibre embellishments and obviously that meant I needed to have a sample or two.

Blue Faced Leicester with mulberry silk and throwsters silk waste emebllishments.

Shetland wool with mulberry silk and throwsters silk fibre embellishments. I left this one a little taller to obscure the glass vase and deliberately chopped into the rim to give it a more organic look.

These are what I refer to as 3 in 1 vases. Use the glass vase alone, the felt vase alone or combine them. The next opportunity to experience this workshop will be at Wharfe Wool Fair on Saturday 5th May – booking essential as space is limited.

Covered soaps March 4th, 2018

Mothering Sunday is on it’s way and with it I thought I should have a few lower priced items for sale in Out of the Ordinary in Skipton. My choice was felted soaps, reasonably quick to do and therefore reasonably priced.