Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Portugal- Our Initial Flat Felt Project

Our instructor, the lovely and delightful Nicola Brown.

 
Layers of wool roving (from local, Bordeleria sheep) are formed into a square.

 
Choosing mohair off-cuts for use as an embellishment.

 
Teasing apart the woven fabric...

 
...then adding bits of tussah silk in white, aqua...

 
...pale green, and yellow.



The finished felt, drying on a granite step...
 
...and in close-up.

 
Because we had several novice felters in our group...

...Nicola started us out rather slowly on our first day of class.

We each laid out a square of flat felt with embellishments...

...allowing her to assess individual skill levels and to assist any student who needed extra help.

I took this opportunity to play around with something new to me...

...mohair off-cuts from Cushendale Woolen Mills!

I enjoyed pulling sections of the woven fabric apart....

...and seeing the interesting effect that it produced once it was fully felted into the piece.

Next time: a white felt purse that went from 'problem child'...

...to 'star pupil'!! Grin.

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10 comments:

Terrie said...

I love the way you're doing this piece. Also you've a good record of the name of the wool. Very good reference for me.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Terriea! (I had to search Nicola's blog for the proper spelling!!) :)

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

I met Nicola today!! She is here in Scotland doing an amazing workshop and is only half an hour away from where I live so we went over and said hi : )
Hugely inspired just by being in her company for less than an hour! lol I can imagine how amazing your time in Portugal was and how excited you must be with your new found skills and materials. Your piece here is so full of interest and texture. Love it x

Heather Woollove said...

Aileen--What fun!! Yes--Nicola is brilliant, isn't she?!?
I'm so glad that you took the opportunity to spend time with her and to observe Dagmar's master class. I am envious...I wish I were there, too!! :) XXO-

Rachel said...

A great opportunity for some experimentation, clearly!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--You'll see a lot of that coming up in the next bunch of posts! :)

FeltersJourney said...

I love the effect you got with the mohair offcuts! Looks so pretty with the silks against the natural brown wool background.
x

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--Thanks!! I really love the color of the brown Bordeleria sheep wool!

Kelly said...

This looks like it would be great as a pillow front! Love the colors!

Heather Woollove said...

Kelly--Good idea...thanks! :)