Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Barnacle Pillow Tutorial- Part 1 (of 4)

Laying out raw fleece on a round resist.

 


Adding orange wool/silk fiber and a layer of cotton gauze.

 


Side two.

 


Covering side two with roving.

 


I think there might be something really wrong with me...

...since the projects that thrill me the least...

...are the ones that many of you like the best! Grin.

My bright and cheery pieces often leave me cold...

...yet I thrill to the sight of raw fleece, weird boingy bits...

...projects which resemble tumors or fungi...

...and creatures from outer space or deep under the sea.

So...in the spirit of all that is weird (and lovely to me)...

...I bring you the first of a many-splendored post set!!

These pillows were made for my daughter, L's birthday recently...

...for use in her Minneapolis grad school apartment this fall (brrrrr).

I used a round resist, and layered it with raw fleece, roving and cotton gauze...

...and then a second layer of roving (not shown).

I repeated this sequence on side two...

...completely encasing the resist with the raw wool inside.

Next time...felting and finishing the small pillows (I made two).

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16 comments:

FeltersJourney said...

ooo interesting - cant wait to see the next posts... you wicked woman tantalizing us like this :)
xx

Mariana said...

Love it, the combination of colours looks great.
I sometimes get the same feeling, when I put to sale something I didnt quite like completely, and it is the first thing that sells.
Amazing all the tutorials you have here!

FeltFinland said...

Is this an inside out project Heather!?

WonderWhyGal said...

oooooh, I'm intrigued!

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--SO wicked, aren't I? (Maybe I'm trying to train my friend, Kelly, to appreciate it when it's only 1 of 2?!?!?) Giggle.
Mariana--Thanks!! It's interesting that you've had the same experience!
FF-You know me...I LOVE the 'drama' of the inside-out project!! :)
Andrea--I can count on you to be enthusiastic about anything orange!
XXX000--to you all!

Becky Utecht said...

I'm anxious to see how it turns out too. I've been contemplating doing something similar with raw wool locks. It's so nice to be able to come here and see how your projects turn out. I absolutely LOVED that blue bag with silk!

Heather Woollove said...

Becky--Thank you! It's nice to hear that you find these posts useful!! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!! XXO-

elisvermeulen said...

raw wool love.. yep, its strong. :)

Terrie said...

You're always have the briliant ideas and play a magic. Sure will follow to see the next step.

Kelly said...

Well thank goodness this will only be 2 parts!!!! ;)

I love all the wild looking pieces you make, but I also like your not so wild pieces too. Did you make cuts in the resist to help with the seams?

Heather Woollove said...

Elis--Can't wait for your raw fleece class this fall!! Who knows what I'll be making afterward!?! :)
Terrie--Thanks so much!
Kelly--You are such a good sport about my teasing!!! The resist is a plain circle, but I did make cuts into the cotton gauze, since I wanted to be able to wrap it around the resist...giving support to the edges of the pillows.

Ginny Huber said...

Very cool; will look forward to parts 2, 3, 4!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Ginny!! XXO-

Rachel said...

I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Must add felting to the List of Things To Try...

Heather Woollove said...

Yes, Rachel--You should try a project... next thing you know, you'll be hooked!! XXO-

Janee Lookerse said...

Here we go! EEEEEEE!

xoxo
Janee