We had a great day on Thursday, I say we, me and the four lovely people who came to play felt but actually I should say I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think / hope they did too. No zingy colours to work with as there is when we work in Merino, but I did have a little home dyed Blue Faced Leicester and Swaledale which they eschewed in favour of the naturals.
Quite a few of the British breeds are, how shall we say?, less soft, than the merino which is most commonly worked with. We’re so used to feeling very soft wool that not everyone takes to some of these wools straight away whilst some love them. I’ve yet to find a British wool I don’t like although I will admit there are quite a few which I most certainly would not want next to my skin. There are so many other uses we can put them to though.
So, first up we have a vessel in Black Jacob by Carol (black in these wools is usually a very dark brown), a vessel in Black Welsh Mountain by Belinda ( a lovely springy wool, if you press this vessel flat it pops back up like one of those instant pop up tents!) and a garlic pot in Massam by Belinda. I may pinch this idea Belinda.
The lovely brown is a Manx Loaghtan by Liz. This is a rare breed by the way and such a divine colour. In the centre is Lincoln Longwool also by Liz, lovely art deco shape to it and it has some seacell decoration. Sorry about the lighting on this but it was raining and the light was poor.
Both of these vessels are by Carol. the first in white Shetland with recycled sari silk fibre decoration and the second lovely form in Massam fibres. You can’t see all the colours in the white one but it did look stunning with the coloured marbling.
This fabulous trio is by Judith. From left to right – Blue Faced Leicester, Devon, Massam. I know Judith wasn’t keen on the Devon whilst working it but was a little more won over by the time it was felted and this threesome just look so right together. The final quirky (and I do mean that as a compliment) vessel is by Liz worked in Black Jacob with a milk protein decoration. Judith also used milk protein on her Devon vessel but you can’t see it in the photo.
Some of the fibres smell a little more sheepy than the highly processed, coloured Merino but personally I like the smell and each fibre is so different to handle. It’s wonderful exploring British Wools and as a couple of you have been asking if I’ll be running another one, I’m now planning a British Wool weekend on 1st and 2nd October. Details to follow soon.