Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Feel for Felting....

Well summer got in the way of any progress on my felted vest, but I'm back at it with a vengeance, now that Fall is here. This time lapse, however, was not a negative. In fact it was quite a positive. I love the way the creative process works. Sometime between my last post in August and today, I happened to be talking to a shop owner about felting. I mentioned some of the problems I was having in creating the exact look I wanted. She said simply, "Why not use yarn!" Why not in deed?

It's a little like the elephant in the room. Because we are constantly surrounded by yarn, we often fail to look at it in new and engaging ways. Here is a picture of one those somewhat loose, dare I say, diaphanous butterflies from my last post.

Before yarn

Now here is one with yarn accents. I just added some lace weight yarn to define the wings a little more and voila! The addition of the yarn also stabilized the surface of the fibre and made it more durable.

After yarn

I am now working on small templates to use for classes. These small, stand alone, motifs can be used for brooches to pin on hats, coats or bags, suspended for mobiles, or hung as Christmas tree ornaments. They may also be used to decorate packages, make greeting cards, place settings etc.

If you'd like the instructions, just remind me and I'll send them along with your next order. Please note that there is no sewing involved. All the yarn is applied with a felting needle, as is the coloured fibre and.....they are really a lot of fun to do!!!

Have a great day

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