Mindless wet felting; playing with wool to create Spring blooms!
No real ‘method’ to my felting madness. Grab a wisp of this and that hand dyed wool roving, layering as you ‘stack’ colors. The more layers/wool, the thicker your finished piece.
If you’d like additional texture, add little pieces of scrap yarn or wool snippets to the mix, before felting. Working over the kitchen sink or dishpan, rub a little (hand made) soap onto your hands (or directly onto the wool). Alternate hot & cold water and a little rubbing action/elbow grease. An old vintage wash board works well and suits my purpose!
Blot with towel and air dry. Once dry, embellish with a few beads, buttons or embroidery stitches. Add a pin-back and viola!! Sweet blooms!!
Oh, happy day!
Yesterday was bright and sunny (albeit cold). I decided to ‘play’ with Shibori, a Japanese term for a method of dyeing cloth by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing. (Here’s a link with a little DIY-Shibori how-to.)
Katie likes purple. I used inexpensive flea market (100 % cotton) shop towels and Rit dye. I thought I’d get a feel for the technique of wrapping, before I used bed linens and indigo!
There’s definitely a learning curve!
No where near perfection, but, oh what fun!!
Matt and Katie came home this past weekend (quite unexpectedly). Needless to say, it was so good to have them home even though I accomplish very little… perhaps it’s a good excuse to just ‘visit’ instead.
I did fiddle with yarn bits and charms, ribbons and buttons. I managed to create a few brooches/pins. Perhaps it will hurry Spring along!
A great stash buster… almost instant gratification!
Year of the sheep (goat).
You never know what those little bits of yarn and ribbon might inspire!