This last Saturday I taught a slipper class to 6 lovely ladies. I gave them a choice of templates, so there were different types of slippers being made at the same time. We used the one that looks like bunny ears, the one with little pointy the ears on the sides, boots and some pointy ones. They used Corriedale wool for the slippers. I prefer something like Fin wool but it is hard to get it in colours and everyone wants colours. So Corriedale is a good compromise. After everyone made templates it was onto laying out the wool.
I haven’t had much time to felt and today I finally got some time to start some new little bags.
The last time I made little bags I forgot to add the spikes that end up as the closures so I made a bunch of spikes to be ready this time. Now to remember to make the rings for the bottom.
I make these bas self lining by putting fabric next to the resist. This creates a nuno felt lining and I don’t have to do it later. I licked this silk scarf a friend gave me for it’s nice bright colours and interesting dye pattern.
The other thing adding the nuno lining does is add strength allowing me to make a thinner, less bulky bag. I set up 4 resists because if you are going to rub and roll some felt you might as well do make it worth while.
Here are the 4 bags ready to be put together. I try not to match the linings to the bag colour to much so it doesn’t disappear when I am done. I may have to switch the 2 middle ones.
At this point I had to stop and switch the laundry and got distracted with other things so I haven’t made it past this point today. You will notice that I have forgotten the rings at this point but I have a chance to fix this when I get back to them. It is not to late …..yet. Next time I will hopefully have some progress to show you.
This week I decided to make a new pouch for my business cards. The one I am using now is getting a little ratty looking from being in my purse for several years.
I didn’t take any in progress photos. I wasn’t really thinking about it, just enjoying the process of making something.
This is the first one, front and back and closed. It turned out well but I tiny bit smaller than I wanted. Not bad considering I didn’t do any measuring I just cut out a resist and started.
Here it is on the resist so you can see the shrinkage
And a pictures of the nuno felt designs.
I made the second pouch bigger. I wanted some ruffles along the sides so added extra fiber there sticking out from the side. I didn’t make the extra wide enough and it almost disappeared. It is a tiny bit ruffled but not great.
and on the resist.
And a close up of the silk roses, I think I will shave them, they are a bit fuzzy.
Finally both of them with a ruler to give you an idea of size. one is about 6 and the other about 8 inches
I have a thought of making them to sell. I thought maybe I would put a grommet in the back with a carabineer clip in it. I am just not sure they will sell at a decent price. Do you like the idea? What do you think people would pay for them?
I taught an enthusiastic group of ladies how to make felted vessels last Sunday. They were a great group and without Carleen’s reminders to take pictures I would have nothing to show you today.
Three ladies chose to make pots that were a different colour inside. and two made theirs a solid colour.
Then of course there was the wetting, rubbing and rolling and shapping
Blowing up a balloon inside helps get a nice shape. In the back ground you can see Carlene rolling on a car mat.
For some reason I did not get a picture of all the finished pieces. This is the only one I have of this white and gold pot. It was very elegant and I think it would make a great light cover. She said she was rewetting it and reshaping it. I hope she remembers to send me a picture of it when it’s done.
There was also some very determined rolling on the glass wash board.
I do have some finished pictures.
The blue one is Carlene’s. She wants to add to it. Here are 3 thoughts. The second and third pictures are the same yarn but different ends, one has more blue in it.
Her husband thinks the yarn covers up to much of the pot. I like the spiral but think maybe make the lines farther apart. What do you think? It may have been better to felt it right in. It would still be texture but flatter, more integral to the pot. Hey Carlene, maybe you just need to make another pot.
Christmas is coming so I am still working on fingerless mitts for my guild sale the first weekend in November. One of my scarves made the poster.
I decided to try an experiment with a couple of pairs of Mitts. I wanted to make long cuts to reveal another colour. I wrapped some shrink tubing and some regular tubing like you might use in a fish tank in some wool. I gave it a quick felt to get the wool tight around the tube. I thought this might be the best way to keep the fibers where I wanted them. I placed them between the layers of the mitts.
It worked really well. After I cut the felt and took the tubes out I steamed them and opened up the slits. They are purple and pink and pink and purple but the cameras seems to think the purple is blue. I think it is because the wool of the table is so yellow.
This is what they look like on. Sorry the pictures are bad I had to take it on my own arm.
They turned out really well . I think I could have used less wool around the inclusions. I think I might felt them more next time too.
the other thing I did recently was make a matching set of hat and mitts. I added some silk to both, scrunching it up to make it very textured. One small part didn’t stick down properly on the hat and will need a couple of stitches.
I have more hats on the go and need to do some scarves before the sale but I think things are going well so far. Have you tried anything new recently?