Swaledale flowers

For the exhibition in Swaledale next month I thought I’d make a small contribution. It really is small you know, it has to fit inside a 5″ cube. What to make has exercised my mind for some time and many ideas have been rejected.In the end, it was a sudden decision to make the roses.

I’ve made them as three separate flowers, each of which can be detached from the landscape
background and worn as a brooch if desired.

Update on Swaledale pots

You may recall, I liked the blue one but not the pink one.

Then I saw lovely mohair yarn in my stash and decided to give the pink one another chance. So after going stitch mad,

here it is re-felted and finished.

I liked it so much I just had to have a go on the blue one too.

I’m much happier now 🙂

Swaledale

I met Helen from the Swaledale Museum in Reeth earlier this year. During our chat Helen mentioned how nice it would be to have some Swaledale wool fibres on show during the forthcoming Felt Contained exhibition. With my Adelaide Walker hat on I offered to supply the fibres and with my own hat on I offered to make a small felt pot using Swaledale fibres. I’ve even talked Freyalyn into spinning some wool up for us so that Helen will have wool tops, spun wool and felted wool.

Made from hand dyed Swaledale this was my first attempt. Pink interior, then blue, and green layers decorated with dark purple and bright pink.  The colours looked great before I began felting but I’ve quickly fallen out with this. In fact, I’m not sure I’ll finish felting it.

This pale blue pot is much better and I’m happy with this. It has a lovely solid feel in my hand and I prefer the straight sided shape. Looks like this is the one the museum will be receiving.

Summer rug making workshop

It doesn’t seem a year since my last felt rug workshop, the time has flown by. The weather has been fantastic for us and we managed to do quite a lot of the work outside once the wool was wet. Each rug began with what most people think is the best part of rug making, laying out the design. For those who did double sided rugs this began and ended with a pattern. Each rug looked gorgeous and fluffy like the one below.

Then of course we had to begin working on them. After wetting the fibres, we rubbed to set the design then began the rolling. We rolled with hands, with feet and with ropes. After this we beat the rug with stones and my special tamper tool,which my husband had to repair after day one thanks to Demolition Debs, just kidding Debs. Not content with that we also walked on it to compress it.

So it was lots of work, lots of water, lots of good company and lot and lots of sunshine. Here’s how they all turned out.

They are fantastic and you wouldn’t believe that two of the creators are novice felt makers. We also wrote a communal toast to our rugs.

May it tickle my toes gently

May it bring sunshiney memories

May mother and daughter share it happily

May the cat love it not scratch it

May it fit by the side of the bed

May it last many years

Margaret has been kind enough to send me the following feedback and picture. ” My rug has been safely delivered to the Relax-U massage room. My friend Lynne was delighted, the colours were perfect and she loved the design. We are going to put a plaque on the wall to describe what wools it is made of, and we thought a felt rug was very appropriate for a massage room as both involve heat and movement. Lynne gave me a free massage as she was so pleased, and it did indeed tickle my toes gently – it is so soft. Haven’t had so much fun giving a present in ages – or been so exhausted producing it!”

Some of the pictures are courtesy of Jennifer who also had this to say “Thank you for a wonderful weekend. I learnt a lot as usual and also really enjoyed myself.” Our novice felt makers survived and were also happy, “Thank you for an absolutely brilliant weekend. I really enjoyed it (I know Debs did too), and we learnt an awful lot, both being absolute beginners. My hubby (and the neighbours) are very impressed with my rug which was hung outside in the garden to continue drying when I got home. I’m sure we’ll be back for more”

Thanks for a great weekend ladies

Swaledale rug

Some months ago my daughter drew a pattern for me, I took one look and thought it would be great made as a rug. It’s taken me a long time to get around to it but at last I can show it to you.

I laid down eight layers of swaledale wool fibres and topped it with blue rug wool and lines of merino. In addition to rolling and stamping I also used the felting roller to help me get the edges nice and firm. Obviously this will now be snaffled by my daughter for her room.

If you’d like to make your own felt rug why not sign up for my workshop on Sat/Sun 26/27 June. Two days tuition, all your fibres, as much tea and coffee as you can drink, plus homemade cake all for just £95.