Monday, October 27, 2014

Fiona's Highly "Illuminating" Workshop- Part 1 of ?

Laying out wool...


                         ...and adding felt circles (cut from my original project samples)...

                                      ...to only the smaller segment of the resist...


                                   ...then covering them with additional wool roving.
  

                                    In the larger segment, mid-way through felting...

                                                  ...I cut small slits in the felt...


                                   ...and gently teased them open with my fingers...


                                                   ...to create small holes.


                                         Adding to- and enlarging the openings...


                                      ...and rubbing their cut edges to 'heal' them.


                                                         Earlier this month...

                         ...I spent several days in Ottawa on a 'Fiber Retreat' with Fiona Duthie.

                It was a delightful, educational and truly memorable experience! :)

                         We spent 1 and 1/2 days on the topic of 'felt illumination'...

                       ...and each of us designed our own unique lampshade...

                                          ...for functional use at home.

                                Next time: the felt begins to take shape!

7 comments:

Susan and Sally said...

thank you for sharing I look forward to your posts

Rachel said...

A lampshade? My goodness, the versatility of felt!

Heather Woollove said...

Susan and Sally- How nice to hear from you! I remember you both from the Felt Gathering in MI some years ago.
Rachel- Pretty cool, huh?!? ;)

Terriea Kwong said...

Heather, thank you for showing the steps. May I know why the small circles are added then open the holes? Does it make the holes more firm and round? I like the idea.

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea- The small circles were added to the rounder (smaller) half of the light, and the holes were cut into the larger section. This way, once the smaller bit is tucked into the larger bit, you can see through a round hole to a round spot on the inner section. I know it's hard to picture, so I hope to show and explain it better in Part 3.

Terriea Kwong said...

Thank you Heather. I'll take note how it is in your next post. Always learnt something from your information blog. THANKS!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Terriea! The concept was to look through circles to see a circle with circular spots on it and circular holes out the other side in some areas. I hope the nighttime photos will make this a bit clearer, because it's pretty hard to articulate! :)