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.
At last, I’ve found the photos from the wet felted vessels workshop last month. We were working in British wools and if I remember rightly the ones chosen were Shetland, Masham and Blue Faced Leicester. The idea was to make two smaller pots to get a feel for how different wools behave.
They’re cute aren’t they, we then went onto our second ones in which people made larger ones and played with the shape.
All the shapes above come from a circular resist.
They look really great as a group, everyone did really well with the pots. One or two have silk on but it doesn’t shine when wet, more’s the pity.
What inspires you? On this occasion it was fungus that did it for me, the type you see growing straight out from trees.
My version is made from Jacob wool with the fungus in Blue Faced Leicester wool.
It’s worked out quite well but I would make larger fungus next time, not too large or it wouldn’t be in scale with the pot. We almost saw blue sky this afternoon so I dashed home to take a few photos but the cloud was already back! Never mind, you’ll get the general idea. So much grey sky recently that decent photos seem to happen only in my imagination.
Having said that, perhaps I should just make a larger / very large pot and have loads of fungal growths. What do you think?
I’m running a British wool pot workshop on Thursday 2nd March at Clifton Village Hall, Otley. We’ll make two small pots during the course of the day, one moulded around a bottle or jam jar and one moulded free form. We’ll be using the seamless resist method which is a standard method for most 3D work.
There’ll be a number of British wools to choose from including; Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester, Cheviot, Jacob, Manx Loaghtan, Whitefaced Woodland, Swaledale, Herdwick and Wensleydale. It’s an abosrbing and fun workshop, you’ll love it.
The cost is £50 per day, which runs from 10am – 4pm, and includes all fibres and equipment. All you’ll need to bring is an old towel and a packed lunch. Bookings can be made direct here or to pay by cheque please call me on 07745 160090