Sunday, 21 March 2010

Tap dancing with seaside rock

I have been getting to grips with felting, inspiration came from Liz at the Futurity. I first tried a pebble bag using some jacob sheep wool. The bag worked fine but the bit of chiffon used to keep the pebbles in place kept floating away so I gave up on that and just made a plain bucket bag. I don't have a photo as it was a pressie for my friend the jacob sheep owner and she arrived before I could get the camera out.

Next I thought to try the lacey merino scarf, it ended up looking like a stick of seaside rock and was too short to wear! (felting tends to shrink stuff).

Time for a longer piece of merino in violet and using black fibre from Moira to fasion a scarf for my son's girlfriend, this was more successful as I used bubble wrap on the top as well as the bottom of the scarf. This seemed to keep the fibre in place during the felting process. ( see the way technical terms are already creeping into my vocab.)

Monday, 8 March 2010

Pela in a spin and crochet in the crocuses

I have started spinning my last fleece, this one from Pela, a fawn girl. Its always tempting to blame the tools but really I'm just not an expert yet. This ball was about 60% even and acceptable and 40% thick or thin which is an improvement.

There is only so much substandard wool I can pass on to Knitter sister so I taught myself to crochet and created this rather dashing scarf. The buttonhole was too big for my button so I created a piece of felt from Pela's seconds to make the button larger.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

The future's bright...........

The alpaca futurity is a weekend packed with all things alpaca. This year's seminars were mostly about the fleece, spinning and felting. I took part in a felting workshop which greatly inspired me. My feet had hardly touched home soil before I was in the workshop and up to my elbows in warm soapy water. My creations leave a lot to be desired but they are original, the black and white scarf has a layer of Moira on one side and some of Minnie on the other side so 100% alpaca. The other piece has a background of blue dyed alpaca and a centre square of merino with some alpaca.

If You Want To Get [ahead] Get a Hat

The knitter sister's latest creation is a rather comfy, very warm black and white hat, knitted as with the tea cosy from some of my earliest balls (of wool). Modelled here by Mrs Littleholder...

Felt Good

Books taught me the basic methods of felting. It's a simple process in it's basic form and can quite easily be a complete accident (think expensive woolen jumper on too hot a machine wash). I've made a few small felted pieces - a brooch, some bookmarks and a few sample pieces (A4 size). I've also purchased some felting needles and created a rather useless blue circle of felt (which is almost something useful, but not quite).