These two pictures were selected for the Williamson Open Exhibition and can be seen in the Williamson Gallery, Slatey Road, Birkenhead till 6th May. More pictures from this new series can be seen on my Clatterbridge Landscapes page.
Following a bag making session earlier this year at Frodsham, the bags we made have been donated to palliative care patients to use for syringe drivers. This allows the patient to move freely without worrying about their syringe driver which has to be kept upright and attached at all times.
Beautiful Days Festival in Escot Park, Devon starts in two weeks so it was time to think about the Sunday theme.
This year it is “stars” and I found a pattern for a star-shaped beret in Chad Alice Hogan’s book Fabulous Felt Hats.
The prefelt hearts were cut freehand to give a more jumbled look. I used Corridale for the outer layer to help the hat hold it’s shape well. On the inside I used Merino to make it more comfortable to wear.
On a recent trip to Sorrento I did a few charcoal sketches of the view from our balcony.
I find that sketching in monochrome helps me to concentrate of the composition rather than the colour.
When I create a felt picture using these images, it is easier to take into account the emotional and visual impact of alternate colour schemes.
And here is a wall hanging inspired by the colours and textures of Sorrento. It is made from Merino wool, wool roving, Indian cotton lawn fabric, silk fabric, Indian printed polyester fabric. For contrast, I defined the hill by needle felting pieces of cut wool prefelt made from Blue faced Leicester wool.
As there was a lot of interest in joining me to make felt together, I am currently searching for a suitable venue and will be offering an introduction to feltmaking class later in the year.
Several people were interested in the Friday Felters group that meets every third Friday in Frodsham Community centre, Fluin Lane. The group welcomes new members, please contact Beryl if you would like to join in, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the International Feltmakers Association visit www.feltmakers.com
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This weekend saw my very first Open Studio weekend. It was great to meet some fellow felters from Wirral. There was a really positive response to my work and I was able pass on my enthusiasm for felting on to my visitors.
As there seemed to be a good level of interest in me offering feltmaking classes, I will be investigating possible venues soon.
Recently I attended Shore Cottage Studio for a two day class in laser cutting. I took along some felt I had made from two layers of Merino wool and a design based on the cross section of an onion. The pen drawing was scanned and converted to a CAD outline telling the laser where to cut. The end result was three sliced onions created from separate pieces of felt which I then interchanged in the same manner as traditional mosaic felt.
It was a beautiful location as you can tell from my pics below and my tutor Kris was extremely helpful. See further details of the courses at http://www.shorecottagestudio.com/