Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Own 'Fling' Rug- Part 1 of 2

Cutting bell-shaped pieces...

 ...from well felted Finn pre-felt.

 
Laying out green wool for the 'stem'...

...in a spiral shape...

 
...for less waste, later, after trimming!

 
Laying out the rug base, frame...

 
...and pre-felt embellishments.



Black yarn is used for definition within the 'frames' of some of the flowers. 
 
Covered in nylon voile and pet screen...

...the piece is wetted out.



After rubbing for quite some time...

...I'm nearly ready to fold in the edges!
 
Working with Finn wool is a unique experience.

It's quite an 'aggressive felter'...

...and Karoliina had me prepare pre-felts so fully-felted...

...that they really seemed like felt to me!

I layered ovals of colored wool, 'frames' of orangey-red pre-felt...

...yellow wool antennae, and small lengths of black yarn...

...to make flowers along a green, spiral pre-felt stem.

Next time: the finished rug!

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11 comments:

Rachel said...

Gorgeous, vivid and lively!

Sandra Knapp said...

Your "rug" is gorgeous. Like walking down the garden path! I love it!!

Kathleen said...

Heather, that is just delightful!! Love the spiral - it's a key shape in wire-wrapping which I have been doing lately. Can't wait to see the finished product.
Kathy

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel-What wonderful adjectives! Thank-you so much!!
Sandie-i hadn't thought of that! :)
Kathy-so many of us love spirals...your new work sounds interesting...can't wait to see it!

Becky Utecht said...

Beautiful rug Heather! I just used Finn in a raw felted Lincoln fleece last night. I needed something that would felt fast because the fleece itself was already partially felted(by the sheep) and I didn't want to lose the tips during felting. Thanks for posting all the lovely photos of your experience at this year's Fling. I would love to go there someday!

FeltersJourney said...

It's looking beautiful already Heather! (you know how much I luuurve spirals) I can't wait to see the finished item :)

I've never used Finn wool.. this makes me want to try
xoxo

Heather Woollove said...

Becky--Yes, you must come along one year!! It would be wonderful to have you there!
(That Finn wool is an amazing felter, isn't it?!?)
Deborah--It's really an interesting wool to felt. I could NOT believe how the (to my mind) nearly fully felted pre-felts just melted into the wool....it's so 'grabby'!

Alyluvsminialbums said...

This is gorgeous!
TFS
Aly :o)

Heather Woollove said...

Aly- I'm so glad you like it!

Anu Völp said...

Heather, great job, this is stunning!

Heather Woollove said...

Anu--Thanks so much!