First Quarter Challenge Done.

Yay, I got it done in the first quarter. I didn’t seem to be able to do that last year. So let’s hope this is a good sign.
You can see the beginning of this here:
I have slowly worked on it mostly at My guilds Social nights.

I needed to put “wire” on my fence posts so I spun a thin grey single. I took it right off the spindle and onto the fence posts.

I wanted some bullrushes mostly just because I like them.

I really liked them but once I added some sheep they looked much too small for where they were.

I really liked them but I took them off

Next, I added the wool to the sheep and some rocks for interest. Also some shadows so my sheep are not hovering.

I took my piece to the guild social and use one of Jans windows. This one has a 5×7 cutout. The picture is about 6×8 naturally. I tried it in different positions on the picture.

We decided to make a new mat. Jan cut it out of a piece of bristol board. She used to be a framer in your younger days.

Here is what it looks like. I am not sure about the frame but that can be changed.

The glass gives great reflections

I think a black frame but I don’t know about the mat. Now I will Wait for Lyn to give us the next quarters challenge.

The Hat is Finished

So this week I managed to finished the hat in my last post.

I left you with this picture:

Next I covered it and rubbed it for a while. then rolled it up and into the dryer with no heat for 10 min. while I was waiting for that I started to lay out another hat. After the first tumble I took the hat out flipped and rotated it and rolled it up again. you can see the other hat I am working on under the bundle.

After a few turns in the dryer I cut the hat open and shifted it so I would not be felting in the seam crease.

I continued to roll it in the dryer shifting the hat on the resist each time. Once is had shrunk some, I continued to full it by hand. This is what it looked like still wet and in need of a rinse.

and this is after it has been rinsed reblocked and dry. not really much different. the close up picture is a truer picture colour wise. it is a light silvery grey with pink and grey accents.

I like it, it is simple but interesting. I think I will leave this one the way it is. the next on in this style may be more embellishment after there fact. I need to dye more silk hankies.

A new hat started and why it isn’t finished

This week I decided to try a new style of hat. As it’s the first one and I don’t know if it will work I am making it fairly plain.

To save time I started with a template I already had. I traced around it so I would have the nice round part in the right size all ready to add the new part.


This is the final shape.

Next, I added some silk from silk hankies. The hankies are gray and pink. I stretched the hankies out long so I could wrap them around. They are hard to see, you can see them sticking out the sides.

After I wrapped the first side around, I added another hanky going the other way as well.

Here is how it looks with the first side of wool wrapped around.

And lastly where I had to stop. On the outside of the hat, I added more of the gray and pink hankies. They are very hard to see, on the wet felt they pretty much disappear. I am hoping the pink and gray on the light gray wool will make it shine nicely. It is a very conservative hat but this is a government town so that would work ok.

And here are some of the reasons I haven’t got back to it yet.

The red light is a heat lamp. It has moved to another pen now. They just needed it the first night as it was very cold. These 2 moms and babies are not much trouble but these three below take a lot more work. It is not a great picture but to get a picture of them not moving, standing in front of one another or showing the camera their tails is quite difficult.

Landscape in Progress (1st quarter challenge)

I have been slowly working on the 1st quarter challenge on the Felting and Fiber Studio.

I started with a piece of white prefelt to work on. Starting at the back I adding the sky and the mountains. The mountains are prefelt as well.

Next I added the grass, clouds and water. This is where the water isn’t blue comment comes form, on one of my other posts. Mostly at this point everything is just a place marker to be added to after wet felting.

So the first thing to do after wet felting it was to rip the water off. It looks better white than it did blue.

I set about fixing the water using some brown, grey, neppy Romney wool I had. I also added some silk noil to give it more shine and rocks.

I used the same Romney for the Mountains too.

After fiddling with the mountains it was time to add the fence. To get the placement right I used a piece of yarn to mark the path.

And here we are at the present. I added the posts. I need to spin some quit dark grey yarn very thin or possibly I will use some sewing thread. I have not decided yet.

Are you working on a piece for the first quarter challenge?