Christmas Fairs past and to come….

Setting up the stall

Chris setting up the stall

I was at the Morley College Christmas Fair on Sunday with the collective ‘London Loves Felt’ – the fair was really buzzing and seemed to go well.  I didn’t have a lot of work on the stall as I haven’t really done any felt making since April – life events have rather taken over.  But I made a bit of money with some of my old stock (the bits of it that hadn’t been banquetted on by the dreaded moth….) and some new cards with my sheep photos on them. 

I was channelling a sheep on the day as you can see….

Tess in sheep hat

I think I need to refine my hood pattern and do a bit of trimming at the back as the front kept slipping over my eyes (particularly when I tried to eat a hotdog at lunchtime!!)  My excuse is that I was working in Shetland wool and it didn’t shrink as much as the Merino I’m used to.  Yes I know you’re supposed to do a test of shrinkage first but it was a playfull hat anyway (see the post about the January 2012 hat)

London Loves Felt will be out at the Lower Marsh Market in Waterloo SE1 on Friday with some of my stock there as well…

And finally some feltmaking…..

I have committed to a Christmas Fair with ‘London Loves Felt’ in few weeks’ time and so last weekend I took a deep breath and opened my boxes already completed felt items.  As I feared the moths had been banqueting despite the closed plastic boxes and the anti-moth sachets….

At least they don’t seem to have got into my boxes of wool tops – I have to be grateful for that!  So time to start on some new work, although with such limited time (and energy) not sure what I can achieve.  The events of the last year have robbed me of a lot of my ‘oomph’ and it’s going to take more than a week and a half of holiday to put it back….

I haven’t made any felt since April so to break myself in gently I made a piece of felt for my next embroidery project.  It is made in natural wool colours of Shetland with Masham, and a little coloured Merino for highlight…I am looking at doing an embroidery inspired by moss and lichen so the natural colours seemed appropriate …. I’ve also made some thin felt ‘ropes’ as Isobel showed us newbies how to do couching (ie anchoring thread/string/rope etc on the surface with small stiches) before half term, but I haven’t tried it yet.

Now I just need to get going on some berets or hoods – or at least a Christmas card or two!!

A Big Beret (or the April Hat by mistake….)

Last weekend I decided to make a couple of berets – following on from my beret making course in January…. (I may have a stall coming up in May and would like some new stock). 

I used what I thought was the round template from the course….. which makes a ten or eleven inch beret.  I layed it out last weekend and was all ready to felt and full it yesterday.  But it didn’t seem to be shrinking down to the size I expected and it was then that I noticed the rolled up template on the floor of the studio!  And I realised too late that I had accidentally used a round template for a hat brim – which was about five inches bigger….

So now I have a very big beret!!!

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I wondered if it was beyond use but I tried it on and scrunched and folded it while it was still damp and actually I quite like it…. even the Scotsman says it has something (although he didn’t specify what!!)



London Loves Felt at Morley Winter Fair on Sunday

I’ve been working this week on some items for a stall at Morley College on Sunday.  My studio is full of felt flower petals and sheep (currently without eyes!)  Winter Fair e-flyer

I have found a more consistent method of making the sheep – leaving fluffy ends on the legs so that they felt in more easily and sandwiching them bewteen two layers of prefelt before adding felt rolls and a black face…..

Sheep in progress

For the rest of the week I have been making flowers – I think I have now managed to produce the delicacy I was aiming at by using silk hankies and a thin layer of carded wool.

A bowl of flower petals ready to be stitched together

Now I am off to put some eyes on the poor eyeless sheep!!!

Sheep waiting for eyes

The Thames Festival

London Loves Felt had its first outing at The Thames Festuval this weekend – we sold felt, talked to lots of people about felt and the sun shone (contrary to what was being said by the weathermen.)

Setting up the stall

It was good to see so many genuirne craftspeople and artists taking part under the auspices of Southwark Arts Forum.  We were able to spread the word about felt, and promote  the classes at Morley where most of us met.

Thanks also to the person who sold me a cut price apple and cinnamon cupcake as a fellow stall holder!!

And especially thanks to Chris who did the majority of the organising and made beautiful personalised designer labels for us all….

Yesterday in Highgate

Sewing a button on a new bag

Sewing a button on a new bag

Hello to anyone who came to the stall yesterday at Lauderdale House…..We went for a stall inside the house this time and given the weather yesterday I was really glad that we did!!  The feltmaking demonstration creates lots of interest.  However I am left with a number of small bags and sample pieces which are often attractive designs but not the best made pieces of felt in the world.  It isn’t always possible to talk to people and concentrate on laying an even layer of wool at the same time!

I am thinking about having a basket of them on the stall explaining their provenance, and suggesting that people who want to give them a good home  make me an offer…..People also seem to like the sample pieces I put with my photos and I have sold several of them.  I made a couple yesterday which I liked so maybe this is a  good way to go with demonstrating…….
Piece of felt with peacock designOrange flower sample
I also got a chance to try out the two  scarves I have made on the public.  They had some interest but it seems that I need to work on getting the size right.

Pink Silk Nunofelt Scarf

This pink one is very pretty but maybe too short to be worn  wrapped round the neck.  The cream one is much longer but more like a stole / wrap than a scarf.  Its all in the proportions……Looking on Etsy it seems that makers are mostly seeling scarves that are at least a metre and a half long, but often thinner than mine.

Cream Chiffon Nunofelt Scarf with blue flowers

Cream Chiffon Nunofelt Scarf