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.
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.