CAT | Felting
Today I took the blanket to the lady whom family made all the pieces in Aug 2012 . (read about the layering of the back here ) As it was a gift I wrapped it up in giftpaper adding my card and a little extra handmade felt. I drove to Maastricht and they asked me to come in for a cup of tea.
How surprised she was, to see it wrapped up and opening it carefully, that really made me feel good She and her husband really liked the result and is now proudly laying on their couch. I hope they will use it very often.
Ok enoug written, time for some more pictures. I bet you all are anxious...
this is how it looked when I was rinsing it with water.
inside on the floor drying in the tiles as we have floorheating
and this was today outside again to make a nice picture
a close up.
I am very proud of this project and think it really came out very nice. Hope to make many more of such projects.
Some time ago a whole family of 19 people wanted to have a workshop felting at my place. They all came as a birthday party for the mother of the family whom turned 73. Her husband was the oldest 75 and the youngest grandchild was 8 years old.
They all made a piece of prefelt and after that a mobilephonecase.
The plan was that 2 daughters and the mother would come back to felt all the prefelt pieces into one blanket on a base which was woven by the mother years ago.
Somehow they couldn't find a proper date so I was asked to finish it by myself. A huge task to do all alone. But once I say "A" I also say "B". So I started by desciding where to add which prefelt , turned the pieces upside down and layered the wool. As I didn;t want the blanket become too small I added 2 layers of wool in between all the prefelt pieces, making it bigger and getting the same thickness there as the prefelt.
All prefelt pieces and the -inbetween- pieces were then covered with 2 layers of merinofleece. The grey and white wool is Gotland wool
As last layer I used a sheet of prefelt which i bought, so I was sure I had no holes in the blanket .
Then the best part came: wetting and soaping, but oef, that was more work than expected... before all the 10 cm airy wool was wet... I didn't have time anymore, the weekend was over. So after 5 days seeing the blanket laying on the table, half wet, ready to be finished. I must admit my hands itched everytime I saw it.
So today was the day I finally had time to finish it. I asked a friend whom also felts a lot to help me out as rolling this amount of wool all alone isn't funny... Thanks for your help E!
Now it was time to rinse, closests was taking it outside and use the garden hose. Eventhough it was cold outside I think the best option, no messed up bathroom now
The final result I cannot show you yet as I think the first ones to see the blanket is that family... so I only share the backside, which I think is also very nice
I'll show you the front side once the family has got it, ok?
Yesterday I had one lady coming from far to learn how to felt. She had never felted before and was excited to get started. She descided to felt a scarf with a "corner" in it for extra protection in purples, aqua and green
The result was a very nice scarf and she was amazed by the wetfelting proces and very happy with her scarf as it was nice soft and thin.
After she left I had again some time left before the next workshop started. Yes it was again a day with 2 workshops. While this lady was bussy with her scarf I was also able to felt. I made a lovely musicbox, but not yet completel;y finished so not picture of it yet. .
In the evening 2 ladies came to felt a flower This time they wanted also to felt a stem to it so we did.
"it is more work as thought" and "so amazing to make felt like this we never knew"
After the flower was felted , there was even time to add some beads to it:
Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the final result, but I can guarantee they were both very happy with the flower and best thing of all they assurred me they will come back again to felt some more with friends. Best Pr ever
As only one workshop a day isn't enoug I planned 2. One in the evening and on request, one in the afternoon. So after the 2 ladies finished felting the scarfs gone I had 3 hours before the next workshop to start. So I had enoug time to prepare the table now for 4 people to work.
Theme was candlelight votivs and a small vase, which also can be used as candlelight holder.
The 3 ladies were doubting about colors and designs but each finally made their own set of votivs, with their own style. As it were only 3 ladies I was able to finish my examples too
Alsof een workshop per dag nog niet genoeg is had ik gisteren 2 workshops gepland. Eentje in de avond uren en een op verzoek 's middags. Dus toen de dames van de sjaals weer naar huis waren had ik nog 3 uur voordat de volgend workshop begon.
Thema van de avond was 3 theelichthouders vilten. 2 kleine en 1 grotere.
Het resultaat aan het einde van de avond mocht er weer zijn, iedereen tevreden met hun keuze. Ik vind het telkens weer leuk te zien hoe iedereen zijn eigen stijl in het vilten krijgt. Voor 2 dames was het de eerste keer dat ze gingen vilten.
Wie weet tot dan?
So Carnaval is over and life is getting back to normal, tidying and doing lots of laundry. Today I had 2 ladies coming over for a feltingworkshop, the theme was wraphat, but then one lady said she would never wear such thing and I offered to change the theme into a scarf. Which they liked more. So after the colors were chosen layering out the wool.
The results after felting:
2 happy ladies went home :)