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Whitework tree book cover

Friday, April 7th, 2017

There are some things which you really really enjoy making and this book cover was one of them. Inspiration came from a magazine cover.

I began by stitching into some crystal organza to create a tree shape. The thread used was wool yarn and I used a split stitch.

The little twinkles in the shot above are not water droplets but small pieces of glitter on the fabric. I laid out two layers of Blue Faced Leicester wool, placed the fabric on top and then felted it together.

 

To embellish I chose a simple lazy daisy stitch in cream and white embroidery thread.

In addition to the stitch I added small glass beads for that extra twinkle and finished the edge with blanket stitch

I love using crystal organza as it adds so much texture to the finished felt and using white on white wool means you only see the texture and twinkle added, it hasn’t obscured anything. It’s amazing what a diference even simple stitch can make to the finish.

If you feel inspired to make your own book cover why not come along to my workshop on Thursday 27th April, it’s one of my favourite workshops to teach and a fun one to experience. You really don’t need to be brilliant at sewing as even running stitch is really effective when combined with the nuno felt.

Masham pot

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

This is another of the samples I made for the British wool vessel workshop I ran last week. Masham is a lovely wool to work with and I, most unusually for me, decided to decorate the pot with pattern!  I don’t know what came over me and I actually found it quite fun.

 

It’s been s struggle to get anything like half way decent photos and these don’t do it full justice but I can wait no longer to show it to you. The pattern was varied around the pot and used lines and circles, very simple but also very effective.

 

 

 

I used two shades of Masham – fawn and mid brown. You need to see the underneath of the pot too

 

Quite possibly my favourite view of the pattern if not the potm Much as I enjoyed it I found myself wishing for more texture so perhaps my next one should be both patterned and textured 🙂

Fungal pot

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

What inspires you? On this occasion it was fungus that did it for me, the type you see growing straight out from trees.

My version is made from Jacob wool with the fungus in Blue Faced Leicester wool.

It’s worked out quite well but I would make larger fungus next time, not too large or it wouldn’t be in scale with the pot. We almost saw blue sky this afternoon so I dashed home to take a few photos but the cloud was already back! Never mind, you’ll get the general idea. So much grey sky recently that decent photos seem to happen only in my imagination.

Having said that, perhaps I should just make a larger / very large pot and have loads of fungal growths. What do you think?

 

 

British wool book cover

Monday, February 20th, 2017

In April I’ll be running a British wool book cover workshop. This example was created using a mixture of Cheviot, Shetland and Wensleydale wools.

I enjoy putting a few stitches into the wool at the prefelt stage. As I reached the pre felt stage I stopped and put in a running stitch where I wanted to site the main tree branches and then wrapped those stitches with a mixture of threads in brown, grey, black and amber after which I continued the felting process.

After felting the leaves were inserted on the tree with a mixture of coloured threads in french knots and simple bird silhouettes added to the sky for additional interest.

It’s edged with blanket stitch in brown and white embroidery threads. The same technique can be used for pictures as well as book covers. To come along and create your own unique piece of wool see further details and booking here.

Shetland wool handbag

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Next month, on Wednesday 22nd March, I’m running a British Wool Handbag workshop and this is one of the examples I’ll be taking along to inspire people.

I’ve used 4 natural shades of Shetland: white, light grey, moorit and dark brown. Inside the bag is white and there’s one interior pocket.

The handle has the same 4 shades of wool and is attached by means of decorative french knots and finished in a curl.

For a closure I needle felted and then wet felted a ball from the light grey and white Shetland.

This particular style of bag is one of my favourites and if you’d like to book a place on the workshop you can find more details here.

Nuno felt tree scarf

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

I showed you this when I began work on it and here I can show you it finished.

For the background I used a hand dyed silk chiffon scarf in pale shades of green and lilac. I seem to have lost some of the green during the felting process although, when you see the scarf iin real life, you can still see hints of it here and there.

Loving the way this turned out and feeling inspired to make more tree scarves.

My next nuno scarf workshop is on Wednesday 14th June, bookings can be made direct here.

 

Wool vessel workshop

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

I’m running a British wool pot workshop on Thursday 2nd March at Clifton Village Hall, Otley. We’ll make two small pots during the course of the day, one moulded around a bottle or jam jar and one moulded free form. We’ll be using the seamless resist method which is a standard method for most 3D work.

There’ll be a number of British wools to choose from including; Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester, Cheviot, Jacob, Manx Loaghtan, Whitefaced Woodland, Swaledale, Herdwick and Wensleydale. It’s an abosrbing and fun workshop, you’ll love it.

The cost is £50 per day, which runs from 10am – 4pm, and includes all fibres and equipment. All you’ll need to bring is an old towel and a packed lunch. Bookings can be made direct here or to pay by cheque please call me on 07745 160090

Winter landscapes

Friday, January 20th, 2017

I’ve had a fast and furious hour this morning where I’ve taught felt picture making at Moorfield School in Ilkley, our theme was winter landscapes.

Didn’t they do well? (How very Brucie of me!) So much fun but an hour goes by in a flash. As I entered the school I spotted the felt tree of life, which I created last year with the upper sixth, framed and hung in pride of place in the dining hall over the fireplace.

I only had a moment for the photo and sadly couldn’t find an angle where a light wasn’t reflected in the glass. Made me feel quite proud to see it displayed so prominently.

 

2017 Workshops

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

You may already have noticed I have listed some workshops for this year. As I said in my last newsletter, with working at wool shows and trying to find the time to visit our daughter at university, free weekends have become a scarcity. With this in mind all workshops this year will be mid week. My sincere apologies to those for whom this is a convenience but I really feel my sanity demands it!

This spring I wanted to focus on mainly British wool in the workshops, there’s so much more than Merino out there and British wool is the best, so come along and explore it with me.

British wool pots on Thursday 2nd March at Clifton Village Hall, Otley. We’ll make two small pots so an opportunity to try a couple of different wools, experience the texture, how the wool behaves. Cost is £50 including all materials.

British wool bags on Wednesday 22nd March at Clifton Village Hall, Otley. We’ll be keeping it simple for those new to feltmaking but for the more experienced we’ll be including interior and exterior pockets. The right wool is so much more hard wearing than the softer Merino. Cost is £50 including materials

Needle felted elephant on Monday 3rd April which’ll be held at Adelaide Walker in Addingham. In this workshop we’ll be using carded Bergschaf wool which comes in 5 natural shades or choose from the luscious dyed colours. Cost is £25 including materials.

British wool book cover on Thursday 27th April at Clifton Village Hall, Otley. Combining felt and stitch, no knowledge of embroidery is required a simple running stitch can be all it takes and it creates a lovely texture on the cover which can be reused for years.

British wool nuno scarf and flower on Wednesday 14th June at Clifton Village Hall, Otley. Combining wool and silk chiffon through the felting process to create a luxurious, yet lightweight, wool and silk scarf, perfect for the warmer weather.

All workshops can be booked direct or to pay by cheque please contact me.

 

On my table

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

It seems ages since I last made felt and I’ve really been enjoying working on this scarf.

The base is silk chiffon which I’d dyed a mixture of purple and green. I’ll give an update as soon as I finish. 🙂