Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wet Felted Baby Blanket- Part 2

More 'bleeding' of the blue roving (and pink sari silk) plus a new friend!

 


The finished blanket.

 


A close up of the wayward blue dye.

 


"Hello handsome!"

 


As you probably already know...

...I'm not a huge fan of 'cute' for babies.

Odd? Yes. A little aberrant, even? Bien sur!...

...but, please, nothing too saccharine for those impressionable little minds!

That's why I had to add a spider to an otherwise tame doggie blanket...

...and I think it makes the piece much more interesting! Giggle.

You may recall an earlier baby blanket of mine that I decorated with pre-felt germs...

...in comparison, this one's positively tame!!

I used dark grey pencil roving to make the spider...

...and yes, I know that it doesn't have the proper number of legs...

...but hey, I'm an artist here, and six looked better to me than eight! :)

You'll also notice that the errant blue dye moved around some during felting...

...and although I'm not exactly happy with it...

...I don't think that it ruined the piece, either.

If you don't look too closely or even squint a bit...

...you might think that I marbled it on purpose! Grin.

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23 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

I love the six legged spider! Totally perfect and really does finish the piece. The colors are great and it's the perfect gift.

Kelly said...

I bet when that baby is laying on it, that spider will be VERY fascinating! Even though the blue ran, the piece is wonderful! I love the edge and the colors the sari silk gave it!

Rachel said...

I think the vagrant blue dye has added something to the general effect, myself!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Andrea! My boyfriend was teasing me..."Some scientist YOU are!?!? Don't you know spiders have 8 legs!! :) I like his close-set eyes!!
Kelly and Rachel--Thanks so much!!

Suzanne said...

It's adorable Heather! What size is it? I love how the blue dye migrated - adds interest!!

Heather Woollove said...

Suzanne--Thanks! It's a little larger than one square yard in size.

Ginny Huber said...

We have a 4 months old baby whose mom would appreciate that spider etc..as would the babe! Lovely piece. Using sari silks I have found usually means dye s will be elsewhere..and the blues look good too,here! Wonderful blanket, heather!6 legs+ artist's license/choice..as you say!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Ginny! Yes--the sari silks are notorious for 'dye leakage, aren't they? Is this a baby or grandbaby of yours? What fun to have a baby around to play with! XXO-

FaserTräume said...

Das sieht wunderschön aus. Super!!
LG
Barbara

FaserTräume said...

So eine liebevoll gestaltete Decke!!! Lovely
Und danke für Deinen Kommentar auf meiner Seite - ich habe mich riesig gefreut. Thanks a lot!
LG
Barbara

MISZEK POLSKA said...

i luv the idea.
the spider is a wonderful counter-weight

Heather Woollove said...

Danke Schon, Barbara! I'm glad you visited here, too!
MP-I thought you might like the spider!! :)

FeltersJourney said...

I love it Heather! The spider is great :) a perfect companion.

The blue dye looks like a design feature to me.. it adds to the wonderful quirky character of the overall piece.

A lovely and thoughtful gift!
xx

Mariana said...

awww cool! that spider makes the whole blanket fun! Love it. Your "drawing" with wool is beautiful.

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--I'm so relieved that people don't hate the errant blues! :)
Mariana--Thanks! I think the baby's Mama might have been a little taken aback by the spider, but my friend (the Daddy) 'got it'!

Michelle said...

Love it...and the extra blue...whole thing reminds me of Tintin! Lucky baby.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Michelle!

Sandie Knapp said...

Spiders make anything more interesting. They always fascinated me, so I have a love for them, personally. I am sure the dog is happy to spend his eternity with your little spider too. :) The baby won't care, I'm sure. LOL

Heather Woollove said...

Hahaha, Sandie...I am not a fan of 'real' spiders, myself...but I do love this little guy!! XXO-

Sam's mom said...

Doggone it, this is a fun, funky design. You call it a blanket, but is it perhaps more functional as a wall hanging, floor pad or rug?

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Elly!
I did make a smaller one a year or so ago that had a rod pocket for hanging. My friend said that he planned to use this one in the baby's crib. :)

Het Wolbeest said...

I LOVE the baby blanket you made!!!! Your pictures and 'tutorials' are so usefull to people like me who have just started felting and want to learn lots of things!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, HW!!