Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Felter's Fling 2011 "Love Blanket" WIP- Part 1 of 2

Discarded scraps of fabric, felt and wool from my classmates at 'Fling 2011'.

 
Laying blobs of dyed tussah silk onto thin 'painter's plastic'...

 
...then adding snippets of leftover fabric, felt and fiber.

 
A thin layer of white merino comes next...

 
...followed by a layer of silk gauze...

 
...and two thin layers of black merino.


 

 
Wetting the project with water and soaping it up, prior to rolling.

 
This project is a very long-term WIP (work-in-progress)...

...that I started a year ago at Felter's Fling.

Midway through our week-long workshop with Liz Clay...

...I asked my fellow classmates for any small bits of fabric, felt or fiber left over from their garment-making...

...that they were going to otherwise discard.

I thought it would be nice to find new life for cast-off snippets of fiber...

...and, in the end, to surround myself (literally) with the warmth of my fellow feltmakers.

Layering red tussah silk, bits of my friends' work, silk gauze and layers of wool...

...I created a piece of nuno felt that I intended to replicate several times, once home...

...and stitch together into a large blanket for my bed.

I did manage to make one additional small piece...

...but after that, my enthusiasm waned and the project was shelved.

Learning the dryer felt method of making nuno felt in Portugal, however...

...gave me a new, faster way to approach this project...

...and I set about to make additional panels, so that I might complete the blanket before it gets cold again.

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7 comments:

Terrie said...

Such a BIG project! I've never tried or dare to make a huge piece like it. Layering takes time. But after seeing you in the workshop to make use of trumble drier, I may try one. Would love to see your finished one. Must be pretty. Love the orange dot.

Rachel said...

And you'll be able to point to each element and say "So-and-so gave me that!"...

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea--You should definitely try a tumble dryer project! I think you would enjoy the process.
Rachel--Exactly! :)

Ginny Huber said...

This blanket will be great for the cold weather..and connection is such a big part of the warmth of the felting process..you will surely enjoy using it. A fine idea to ask people for their bits and pieces for this project..

Heather Woollove said...

Ginny--Thanks...yes, I thought it would be a tangible way of remembering a lovely week. :)

FeltersJourney said...

What a lovely idea Heather! Using the drier will definitely speed it up :)
x

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--Oh, yes. The project was surely 'stalled' prior to my learning this technique. (Now, I just have to make the final piece!!) :)