I love texture so it should be no surprise that I love the work of the two ladies I was privileged to teach yesterday. Both are made from Shetland wool, the white one is mine which I’ll show you a better picture of later, there’s too much sun in these.
The paler is Shetland with blue Swaledale balls added and two frills and the brown is Shetland with red Blue Faced Leicester balls and Wensleydale curls.
The blue has a quietness to it whilst the red is quite ‘look at me’ but I absolutely adore them both.
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??
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.
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.
I ran a felt pot workshop last Saturday, it was a good day in many respects. the sun shone all day and warmed the room we were working in, the people on the workshop were friendly, eager to work and have a laugh and they made some fabulous pots, especially the newbie felters.
We began by forming felt around a small vase and went on to free form a second vessel afterwards. Both were made from British wool and adorned by various silks, all available from Adelaide Walker (of which I’m a partner). People were encouraged to try a different wool each time. The results were stunning as I’m sure you’ll agree.
You can see bits of hand dyed Swaledale and Blue Faced Leicester adding more colour to the pots. Sadly the silk doesn’t shine too well when wet. Thanks for a great day everyone and for the help in clearing away, I was home in record time!
The next pot workshop is on Tuesday 15th May where we progress to adding lots and lots of texture. I’d love to see you there.
It’s only a couple of weeks since I showed you a felt covered vase which I was stitching into. I wasn’t feeling it, the white stitch just seemed too stark and it needed more.
I’ve added some french knots in an off white silk thread, courtesy of Rosie (thanks Rosie) and some crystal beads and am really liking it now.
This is just one of my pieces that will be for sale at Trawden Artist and Makers art trail and open studio on Saturday and Sunday 21st / 22nd October.
The glass inner for this vase has been in my studio for some time and I’ve finally pressed it into service.
Some of the texture I added has been lost in the felting but you can still see the three cotton scrim windows.
I’m finding the white a little stark so I plan to add more stitch in richer cream tones and some beads as well. That way it will fit in with the other white pots. Expect to see an update soon.
Remember this from a few weeks ago?
I wasn’t happy and not at all sure what to do with it. In the end I left the shape as is and continued to felt it down. Since then I’ve stitched and beaded it, see what you think now.
All the running stitch is in the same cream embroidery thread and the crystal beads are in three sizes.
It’s appeal has increased I think but there’s still something of an eccles cake about it. Do I love it? No, to be truthful I do think it’s attractive but but hopefully someone else will love it.
I stopped working on this second white pot a week ago, it has a nuno lace interior and cut throughs to devore on the top. I can’t say I’m thrilled with the overall shape, it’s maybe a little bit flat for me, and it does have creases round the side.
The question I’m pondering and have been pondering for the last week, is whether to continue felting, reshape it and eradicate the creases or whether to sitch on it, as is, and make the creases a feature. It is all going to be about texture, perhaps it would be better to smooth it out and the texture be all about the stitching?
I thought perhaps you might have an opinion but you know what, this little chat has helped me enormously, I think I need to rework it! Even if I smother it with stitches I just don’t think I’m going to love the shape. Isn’t it funny how writing about it here has actually clarified it for me? Thanks for chatting, I’ll go and make a start.
You may remember these pots from an earlier post or two. This is part of the work I’ve created for the misummer night’s dream theme we were working to at Metaphor.
I was extremely pleased with them at the time but I did wonder whether or not to stitch into them. It seemed an impossible decision with opinion divided on the question. in the end I did the only sensible thing and walked away returning some time later to decide that actually I’d give it a go.
Once I’d started I couldn’t stop!
Do you love it? I do, it makes me so happy and my heart sing.
Just looking at them again now makes me want to do more.
I was worried about boring you so I haven’t even added all the 17 photos here but they are all in an album on my facebook page for those who’d care to take a look. Oh, go on then, just one more 🙂