Monday, 28 November 2011

home sweet home in Welsh!

Made with Japanese/Moda fabrics 100% cotton on calico, machine embroideried, hand finished with seed beads, sequin and mother of pearl button.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Felt making

For the last few weeks, I have embarked on a felt making course at my local education centre.  Ever wondered how to make felt? Here goes...
Using merino tops wool, pull small tufts and layer them onto a piece of bubblewrap - horizontally, then vertically, then horizontally again. 

Place a piece of net on top.  Wet slightly and rub on household soap.  Move hands gently in a circular motion.  After a few minutes, the wool will begin to felt. You may need to continue, or turn the wool over.  Rinse the felt.  Then dip into hot then cold water.

Roll in a sushi mat for 1 minute, then rotate 90 degrees and repeat - the felt will shrink. Rinse again, repeat as necessary until happy with size.

 a few wonky attempts with:

felt balls and a bracelet

a flower and a leaf

a purse

an owl, which was going to be a bag...

but will now become a cushion

with a patchwork back

and a bag

with a rose