Thursday, 22 April 2010

Scrumptious Felt

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, it was Easter and I went away for a week to visit family... but now I'm back and exited about getting back to work on some projects.

On Saturday April 10th, I went along to Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford for a felt making course.  It was called 'Scrumptious Felt' and was advertised as 'experiment with felting techniques as you create a wonderful textured work with the help of Barbara Meek! Add depth and detail and mix in other materials, then embellish with beads, bells or buttons!'  I had done needle felting before, making animals and dolls out of wool using a needle, but had never tried wet felting, which is like painting with wool.  Wet felting is made by laying out fibres and then wetting, soaping and rubbing them together (we used bubble wrap to help us), which bonds the fibres together.

Barbara showed us that there were lots of wonderful things to make by felting, such as wall hangings, jewellery, scarves and bowls, to name a few. She brought in a selection of things she had made with felt, including a beautiful rug she had made on a five day intensive felt making course in Turkey to learn traditional Turkish felt-making (I believe she made the felted work in the image above too).  Barbara also runs courses on felt making, which can be seen on her website: Felt World.  She also has some taster sessions too.  I really recommend them as she is an excellent teacher :)

On our course we made a wall hanging (I made one of a heart, which I have embellished with beads and buttons), a felt bowl and some beads that can be used to make into a necklace.  Below are some photographs from the course.  It's a wonderful craft to learn and we all really enjoyed it :)

Thanks to Barbara Meek for the images :)

Monday, 12 April 2010

Grown With Love.

I thought it might be a nice idea to incorporate my fairy gardener illustration with a cup cake to join my 'fairy cake' illustrations.  I've played about with the illustration and this is what I came up with :)