Friday, December 3, 2010

Icelandic Fleece Vase- Part 1

Vase-with what turned out to be a much too-large resist.
 


Glorious yellow-orange roving.
 


Laying out the Icelandic fleece.
 


Frankenstein-style stitching on the much too-large vase.
 


The Icelandic fleece that I bought in Rhinebeck was still waiting for my attention...

...and inspired by Riet's post, I decided to make a vessel with it.

I found a boring, unused vase in a basement cupboard...

...and drafted a resist pattern.

Unfortunately, I didn't take into consideration that there are two sides to a resist...

...and I ended up with one twice as large as it should have been! :(

I really loved the wild and hairy nature of my vase when it was finished...

...but as I struggled, unsuccessfully, to get it to felt to size, the reality of my predicament set in.

Next time, in Part 2...

...how I modified the vase so that I could live with it.


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19 comments:

Cash en Els said...

I love it,

Have a nice day, Els

WonderWhyGal said...

ooooh, it's gorgeous and if you add orange to anything, I'm excited.

I love how the locks are on the handle and I can't wait to see how you modify.

As I am a beginner felter, I'm learning that it's the modifications that really make the finished products since that fiber does have a mind of its own.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday! Stop by my blog today and link this in. You are an amazing Fiber Artist!

Patty Biermans said...

Oh, what a shame that it is to big. I made the same mistake a few weeks ago :-D, but then I have made a bag out of it. Is that a idea? Hugzz...Peebee

vilterietje said...

oh heather! the most beautiful vase i've ever seen, i love it. next time i do the same and make it double size to make it special.
love, riet:)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Els!

Andrea--I'm with you! I LOVE orange!! (I've never linked anything before, so I'll head to your blog in a bit and try.)

Peebee--Hahaha...nearly everything that I ruin becomes a bag, but this time, it actually stayed a vase!!

Riet--Hihihi Yours is perfect and beautiful...mine looks like a rooster's comb! Don't do it!! :)

Viltalakim said...

this will not happen you again I am sure:)
I always draw the vase a little bit bigger (say 2 cm at both sides and a rounded bottom of 4 cm) when you make the bottom round you don't have to work away the corners:)

Dutch Hollow said...

great colors. I'm so curious to see how you manage to save this project and keep your felted vase!

Allison said...

Wonderful! I look forward to seeing the mods.

Melissa Plank said...

How fun and creative, I'm excited to see the adaptations you have planned. (Also, great comments everyone!)

jessecreations said...

Fun!! I can't wait to see part 2!

Inspiration Fibers said...

So glad you joined us over at wonder why! I really really love all your projects. Just wasted a good part of a busy afternoon ooohing and aaaahing! I really need to try this new-fangled felt thing! :)

Knot By Gran'ma said...

I didn't know you could do something like that! Love it. Can't wait to see your modifications!

Heather Woollove said...

I'm so glad that you all 'dropped by'!! Thanks for the comments!!

AllyB said...

Oh, the hairy-ness of it all! That's an awesome looking vessel and I can't wait to see how it turned out in the end.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Ally--I agree...hairy is FUN!!

Dawn said...

Oh, I'm so glad that we're all human and have these little surprises pop up...Keeps life interesting, doesn't it? You're always so clever in how you remedy the situation, too...Not only remedy, but turn it into totally cool art...Bravo!!!!! You truly are an artist, my friend. I love your posts. Always so happy to see it in my "inbox".

Big hugs,
Dawn

Kelly said...

I really like the organic look to this, and of course ANYTHING with orange is going to look awesome! The black/ gray fleece on this- what type of fleece is it? I love the look of it. I cannot wait to see what you will do with this...patiently (yeah right!) waiting. :)

Kelly said...

oh duh! I see...it was Icelandic fleece...forgive me, I have only had one cup of coffee so far...:)

Heather Woollove said...

Dawn--You're such a sweetie!!
Kelly--Yes...I sure 'love me some orange'!
...and yes...MORE COFFEE for all!!
I realized yesterday that I had a headache from going 4 or 5 hours without a cup. Yeesh!!! Can you say 'caffeine addiction'??