I love upcycling, don’t you? I also love making book covers so I was very pleased when I came across a damaged vintage silk scarf and decided to nuno felt it into a book cover. These photos don’t do it justice, they really don’t but they’re the best I’ve got and I wanted you to see this pretty book cover.
It really wasn’t a scarf I’d ever have worn but remodelled like this I love it.
I left the little clusters of flowers to speak for themselves and did a small amount of hand embroidery on just three of the larger flowers.
The best news is, I have sufficient left for a second one 🙂
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.
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??
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspired by one of the scarves made at my last nuno scarf workshop, I thought I’d make a scarf using the seed head theme and incorporating one of my favourites – texture.
It’s onto a hand dyed silk chiffon base. I began by layng out lengths of wool yarn to form the stems and then topped each one with a seed head made from carefully picked out bits of wool nepps. I then covered the whole in a fine layer of wool and mirrored the seed heads, this time using throwsters silk waste on the seed heads to give extra sheen.
I don’t know about you but it upsets me if a design on a scarf is not double sided in some way. On the blue side I have the texture and on the white, the texture and the shine, happy, happy.
This is now for sale in Out of the Ordinary in Skipton. I hope someone loves it as much as I do.