No, they’re not all mine more’s the pity, these are from the rug workshop at the weekend. Eight hard working people produced eight fantastic rugs using all four natural shades of Masham plus a little Merino for extra colour.
We laid out three layers of wool then dry felted it using our hands, which helps to take out a lot of the air and begin the felting process. A layer of cotton muslin was added and then three more layers of fibre, dry felted again and then we could begin the surface decoration. Some people chose to lay out random patterns on dry fibre, some chose to lay it out on wet fibres. The difference being thee control this allows over exactly where your decoration is placed. When placed onto wet fibres there is no/less movement of the decoration.
You can see here three of the processes we used for felting. After rubbing to wet and set designs, we rolled as usual then took them outside for more rolling using ropes, bashing with stones, this really hardens the felt but can be hard on thee hands, and walking on it to consolidate the felt.
Didn’t they do well? I just know that you’d like to see them in more detail though.
Clockwise from top left, Lesley with a stunning poppy on the dark brown Masham, Sheila with a contemporary design on fawn Masham, Pru with a striking design also on fawn Masham and Chantelle with a modern design on the white Masham. Pru actually came along with her design idea ready drawn out whilst some had ideas in rugtheir heads and others went with what sprang to mind as they worked.
Amended – Trying too much multitasking this morning and forgot to say that these rugs clockwise from top left are by; Sue on mid brown Masha, Alex on white Masham, Jane on mid brown Masham (apologies to Jane for calling her Alex on several occasions during the day) and Iris on dark brown Masham. It’s a real shame that Iris’s rug doesn’t have a better picture as that bright roving really sang out against the dark background.