Although this blog was started to discuss feltmaking embroidery seems to have taken the upper hand of recent times – mostly as it’s easier to carry round and grab the odd half an hour here and there.
I did a feltmaking course with Heather Belcher at the City Lit in March, which didn’t really get a mention despite being tremendously useful. Coming at feltmaking from a fine art and sculptural perspective really suits my style and gave me a number of new ideas and ways of working…
However apart from those four Saturdays I haven’t really done anything worth mentioning until the recent bank holiday weekend. I go to Portugal next month for a week long feltmaking holiday with Nicola Brown, and I thought I really ought to get in some practice – so I felted a new hatband for my straw hat (I am hoping the weather will justify wearing it!!) The design is based around a bowl I produced in Heather’s course.
The grey background references stone walls and lichen, and the flowers are made from some of the naturally dyed wool I brought back from Wild Rose in Scotland last year. I carded this together with some bought Shetland and silk mix. They are primroses although a bit big to be naturalistic – I really must get it into my head that Shetland doesn’t necessarily shrink as much as Merino! But I am pleased with their delicacy. I decided as they were on a hat I didn’t need to felt them as hard as I might other items. I even used some embroidery wool to add a properly primrose like yellow centre. I debated whether to put some leaves in, but ultimately thought that the more two tone yellow and grey was rather lovely and I didn’t want to disrupt it with any green.