Saturday, August 10, 2013

"Wiggly Dreads" Bowl- Part 2 of 2

Mid-way through felting...

 
...lengths of roving are threaded through the bowl edge, making 'dreads'.

(Pliers are used to help to pull the thick, slippery needle through the wet felt.)

 
The piece is gathered into a bowl-like shape...

...by hand-basting with strong nylon thread...

...and then the final felting and fulling takes place.

 
The finished bowl.

 
A close-up of the felted-in wool nepps and dyed tussah silk.

 
The rather 'sedate' bowl bottom. :)

 
The finished bowl...

...with nylon basting stitches removed.

 
With this project...

...I took advantage to the propensity of felt...

...to hold a 'shape memory' once dry.

Basting the piece prior to final felting and drying...

...allowed me to remove the nylon thread...

...while retaining the desired shape.

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7 comments:

Rachel said...

Truly fantastical!

Sandie Lynne said...

Congratulations! It was a success after all. Looking down into the bowl it looks like pea soup with bits of carrots and whatever in it. LOL I'm so glad you were able to "fix" the problem and now have a bowl that is unique, and useful too. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Yes...tres etrange!! :)
Sandie--I didn't realize how 'food-like' this project was until the comments! :)

Karolina Zienkiewicz said...

Fantastyczny projekt.Uwielbiam czerpać inspirację z Twojego bloga.

Heather Woollove said...

Karolina-I'm very glad! Thanks for your kind words.

Kathleen said...

That is so cool!! Wait till you see the scarves I made with Chad. Fabulous class.

Heather Woollove said...

Kathy--Thanks! Yes...I'm anxious to see your finished projects!! :)