Soay adventure

I wish this means I’d been travelling but actually this refers to the carded sliver of Soay wool fibres that I bought in June at Woolfest. There’s been no time since then to play with the fibres until yesterday. The fibres are much shorter than I expected but  a lovely colour with a great sheepy smell.

 

Very short fibres can be difficult to lay out especially when they’re carded and you want a nice even base. I’d decided to make a book cover with the wool and had to take my time laying out two fine layers.

The Soay is a lovely brown colour not the grey it looks above and I decided to decorate with Wensleydale and Blue Faced Leicester curls in natural colours.

It was inspired by Samhain’s heat that I made a little while ago. My idea for this one is a moonlit garden which I  intend to embellish with embroidery and pearly beads. Working with short fibres requires a slightly different approach to the felting process as you need to be very very gentle in the wet and set stage to ensure you don’t spread your fibres and create holes. As this wasn’t commercially prepared fibre and I could feel the lanolin it also required more soap. So, more soap allows fibres to slip and slide if you’re not careful plus the fibres in this instance were short and prone to movement. How did I do it? Very carefully and gently, no more science to it than that just take your time and be careful.

Once it’s dry and embellished I’ll show you the finished item.

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