Monday, 1 April 2013

My first attempt....

I joined my Fibre craft/felt making  course at the beginning of February. We have a class for four hours on Tuesday afternoons and have been looking at some interesting techniques including the wonderful alchemy of Indigo dying, which I loved, and this week the magic of 'Cyanotype'.

We painted a piece of white cotton with a green coloured chemical then immediately placed some leaves and grasses on the top. The whole thing was covered in a piece of clear perspex then placed in the sun for the rest of the afternoon. The fabric turned a steely grey where it was exposed to UV light and stayed white under the leaves. when we rinsed the fabric in cold water it turned this fabulous blue.

It's truly an amazing process, I'm embroidering over this now and will share the results soon.

Felting is a really new skill for me, and I need lots of practise. I love the random nature of the finished results which can't really be predicted.

I love the soft feel of 18 micron Merino, so I combined it with a flesh coloured 23 micron Merino to try my hand at making a collar.

                                Now, I'm really a novice and I'm experimenting so be kind to me.

  I used little pieces fleece from Leslie Prior's wonderful Angora goats to add a little texture and  mulberry silk to create the large flowers.

I couldn't resist a little free machine embroidery over the holes, around the large flowers and lots of
small flowers in a soft pink.

The rose pin was made from felt which I cut into petals and stitched adding stamens and seed beads to the centre. Two silk cocoons have been embellished and hang below the flower.

                                          This is the back, aren't those curly bits lovely,

                                    The felt is very pale so I hope you can see the pictures...

   I had a small piece left over from making the flower so I've stitched a little pocket. it's not quite finished so that's a little project for this evening.

I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter and not eaten too much chocolate....

Have a fun week, xox Angela.


Cynthia said...

Novice or not, I think your work is beautiful! Especially the little rose with the cocoons. The stitching is really, really pretty. Nice job!

Dorthe said...

Dear Angela, how beautiful a collar you have felted- so lovely with the stitched flowers, and your rose is adorable- also love the blue print,and am sure you embroidering the leafes will make a beautiful art piece.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Angela
What a very beautiful piece of felting - love the softness of the collar in shade and look. Soooo beautiful and, of course, adore the Angora ringlets added.
The blue piece is a lovely experiment also. Very interesting!
Sending some Spring hugs,

Sugar Lump Studios said...

I'll be interested to see your new creations from class! love your precious collar too!

Terrie said...

Your work is beautiful. Felting and stitching are wonderful match.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Angela, how did I miss this post when it was so long ago? Life sometimes gets in the way. And sometimes you are thrown a curve ball. Your felted pieces are lovely. I know whatever you try your hand at, it will be wonderful. Very cool process on the fabric, too. Have you finished your work on it? Hope all is well. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the world. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Jillayne said...

That is not the work of a novice - it's brilliant! I love the delicacy of it, and how you have used your stitchery to enhance it.... so beautiful Angela. I think it's wonderful that you try these new things and experiment, but always bring your needlework into it somewhere along the way.... beautiful.