Wednesday, December 19, 2012

'Contortionist' Felting In A Hotel Room Shower (!)

Assembling wool roving, bubble wrap and pre-felt bits...

...and beginning my layout on the shower floor.

 
Luckily, no photographic record exists of my awkward 'felting posture'...

...since I had to actually kneel between the toilet and the shower stall lip to do this! :)

 
Adding snippets of brightly colored pre-felt to the roving surface.

 
Liquid soap from the dispenser is added next...

...and the shower nozzle is used for wetting it all out (how convenient!).

 
After felting only to the pre-felt stage...

...I squeezed out as much of the water as I could...

 
...and hung it out to dry on a chilly balcony porch.

 
I made an additional piece from brighter roving and pre-felt snippets...

...with dyed curly locks added to the mix, as well.

 
The finished pieces of pre-felt, drying.

 
Since I was hoping to meet up with local feltmakers while I was away...

...I took some felting supplies along with me to Germany.

They came in handy on one dull afternoon...

...when I was trying to give my partner some 'alone time' with his ailing mother.

I had first intended to work on the (heated) tile floor in the bathroom...

...but decided that it would be less messy to work in the shower, instead.

Using hand-dyed variegated wool roving...

...and bits and pieces of pre-felt and fibers that I literally threw into the suitcase at the last minute...

...I made two large pieces of pre-felt...

...and one smaller one (not shown) on a second day.

I'm not yet certain what I will fashion from these pre-felts...

...but I'm happy to have spent some creative hours in this way...

...and my partner jokes that I can claim that the finished projects were...

..."Made in Germany"! :)

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11 comments:

Heather Woollove said...

Grrr...I just deleted all of my comments by accident. so here they are (sorry):
Kathryn Ray wrote: "No THAT's a commitment to your craft. :-) "
Andria wrote: "You are amazing, felting even on holiday!! Such dedication! "
Andrea wrote: "...and some say felting is not a portable fiber art ;-)"
Terriea wrote: "How lovely to have done some felting and made use of the time. Bright and cheerful color. My prayers to your better half and his mum. Enjoy your rest time and make some more stuff in Germany."

Thanks for the wonderful comments. I guess I am more jet-lagged than I thought!! :)

Ginny Huber said...

A great use of the time while your partner is visiting his mother. Quite inventive are fellers!! Great use of space and time. WIll look for the next installment.

Heather Woollove said...

Ginny--Hahaha...inventive, we are!! :)

Rachel said...

Goodness, that really does look like "contortionist-in-training" space. A great use of time, though, to make sure your partner and his mother had some time together.

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel-It was an interesting way to felt, that's for sure. Aside from the phtsical discomfort, I thought that the shower spray was pretty nifty!

FeltersJourney said...

You are resourceful Heather! I am in awe at your determination to felt :) Not sure that I would fancy squeezing in between the loo and shower like that.. bet it got to your back!
xx

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah-Hahaha...It was actually my butt that hurt afterward! :)

Karen said...

LOL Heather you do inspire me with your determination to felt no matter where you are :)
I hope your hubby's mum is doing good, love the colors and looking forward to seeing what comes from them xo

Heather Woollove said...

Karen-I'm glad I stuck some roving and bubble wrap in my suitcase! :)

rosiepink said...

We're full of admiration for your thinking of using the shower like that! What a wonderful use of what could have beeen a lot of idle time.

Heather Woollove said...

Rosiepink-Thanks for your kind comment. Except for the slight discomfort, I thought it a convenient way to make felt!:)