Masham pot

This is another of the samples I made for the British wool vessel workshop I ran last week. Masham is a lovely wool to work with and I, most unusually for me, decided to decorate the pot with pattern!  I don’t know what came over me and I actually found it quite fun.


It’s been s struggle to get anything like half way decent photos and these don’t do it full justice but I can wait no longer to show it to you. The pattern was varied around the pot and used lines and circles, very simple but also very effective.




I used two shades of Masham – fawn and mid brown. You need to see the underneath of the pot too


Quite possibly my favourite view of the pattern if not the potm Much as I enjoyed it I found myself wishing for more texture so perhaps my next one should be both patterned and textured 🙂

Eight more Masham rugs

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.

Masham rug

I’m teaching a felt rug workshop tomorrow and thought it a good idea to make a rug in the size we’ll be using. After sampling English, Cheviot, Jacob and Masham I decided to use the Masham wool this time. The idea for the design came from a doodle of my daughter’s.

Onto fawn Masham I laid brown BFL pencil roving. I tried out some white roving too but decided I preferred the rug just in brown. The image below shows it once I’ve finished the laying out.

I’m so pleased with how this has turned out, it was definitely worth taking the time on the laying out and being so careful during the wet and set stage.

This is now destined for the living room (when it’s dry). I wonder what  people will make tomorrow.