Tuesday, March 22, 2011

'Spring Break' Throws- Part 1

The layout for throw #1.

 


Lace detail.

 


Wetted out.

 


Angelina and cotton thread.

 


As much as I see the value in sampling...

...I find that I'd usually rather launch myself headlong into a project...

...and suffer the consequences later, if necessary! Grin.

My friend Kim has been encouraging me to try using more lace...

...and I thought that this might be a perfect way to sample lots of felted-in embellishments...

...and still get something useful at the end!!

Since my youngest daughters' college breaks only overlapped by a weekend...

...I had them each to myself for several days!

During her week home, and after some time spent just watching the layout...

...H-1 'got into the act' and started adding things to the surface of the wool, too!

We decided to go wild and use anything we liked from my stash drawers...

...lace, Angelina, yarn, silk gauze and fabric, pencil-roving, flax...all were fair game!

I knew that some of the inclusions would felt-in better than others...

...but this was all part of the experimental fun!

Next time, the finished throw (a gift for H-2)...

...and after that, you'll see what H-1 designed for herself!!

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9 comments:

vilterietje said...

titel for your piece: you make me feel like a natural woman! must be lovely to work that way, i'm so curious:)

Heather Woollove said...

Great title, Riet! I nearly wore out that Carole King record when I was a teenager, I played it so much!

WonderWhyGal said...

I can't wait to see it!

Mother and Daughter Creativity Time=Priceless

Enjoy Spring Break with your daughters. Ours starts this next week and it will be odd being at work while Grumpy is home with the kids. I've already given him a list of stay-at-home spring break ideas to make the week fun for the Bears yet still allow him to work.

Happy Felting!

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--You're so right about time spent creating together being priceless! I was actually shocked that H-1 wanted to felt with me, and then when she wanted to design her own throw...well, I was beyond delighted!! I know that you will be missing your Bears this break, but remember that they will get a new kind of experience, being home all day with their dad for a week!
Those are happy memories, too!!XXO-

Angela said...

I too love to add all kinds of things into my felt. I also like to work completely in white and then dye it later. The wool and silk take the dye well but plant fibres like muslin and flax and synthetic lace don't take it too well and it gives a lovely colour gradation.

Mattie van den Heuvel said...

Wow, It looks lovely. Can hardly wait to see the result ;)
Love,
Mattie (Filz10A)

Heather Woollove said...

Angela--Great idea!! I've been meaning to try dyeing an all-white piece like this for some time now. Mariana (Florcita) does this, too, and you're right, it's breathtaking!!
Mattie--Thanks! I hope you'll like it. The second one that I did with my daughter is quite different!! I'll be posting those photos this week, as well.

Unknown said...

FUN! Loving the colors and wild abandon of anything goes! That's the best type of creating. And as far as samples go....you just created a really large one! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Hahaha, Kelly...You're right, it's just a giant sample! :)