A good project before Christmas. One of our members, Janet Armstrong, showed us how to make felted Robins, or we could make a mouse too. We all went for robins.
Janet had made a felt ball for each of us to base our robins on, and had made flat felt for us to cut out to make the robin.
We had to sew darts in the main body piece and then sew it onto the ball, leaving the head area unstitched. It was a bit of a walk down memory lane remembering how to do blanket stitch.
We stitched around the wings and attached them. Sewed the 2 tail pieces together, stuffed the tail and sewed it to the body.
We stuffed and sewed the head and added beads for eyes and a black felt beak.
Then we had to make wire legs, and wrap them with crochet cotton, it was quite fiddly:
There was a bit of wrangling with a scalpel and a large pair of scissors to insert them in the body, you don’t want to see pictures of that, we all felt a bit sorry for the robins at that stage, and when we needled-felted their red breasts on. They all emerged looking chirpy and Christmassy though:
There was even a Chris mouse!
One of our members, Mary Watt, brought along her expertise, equipment and materials for a Natural Dyeing Workshop. These are her dye recipe swatches, showing which mordants and ingredients combine to make which colours:
This is Mary dyeing with onions skins:
We tied tags to our swatches to write the details of the mordant and dye used:
Dyeing in progress:
Rose Madder dye:
Here is some pre-dyed tied mordanted yarn:
Here it is after dyeing with sandalwood:
Here are some of the other dyed yarns from the workshop, lovely colours:
On May 23rd Anna Turnbull (Biteabout Arts) joined us to deliver a Nuno felting workshop. Many of us were keen to learn this technique of felting onto silk chiffon.
We all did a small test piece first to understand the technique, then we had the opportunity to make a scarf.
Lots of lovely coloured merino fleece for us to play with.
Laying out the fleece on the chiffon
Felting in progress
Danielle Ray decided to experiment with felting onto different fabric to see the effect and how well it worked. She tested plain cotton, cotton muslin, nylon chiffon, netting and voile, with varying results:
Here are some of the finished scarves:
Ruth Churchman’s scarf
Liz Scarpa’s scarf
Thanks to Anna for all her help, advice and creativity. A very enjoyable workshop.