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  • garden art « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    just wouldn t survive so for now it will hang in the dining room as soon as I get a ceiling hook Tags 3D bird garden art merino norwegian teeswater Posted in Felting 4 Comments Garden Art Thursday May 13th 2010 Increasingly I m moving to using and exhibiting my felt outdoors It just seems a natural progression to festoon the garden with as much felt work as the house has received This will inevitably lead to loss of colour in dyed wools but actually I don t mind this idea I m excited by the thought that my felt will change over time by becoming paler stretching or shrinking gathering moss changing shade when it gets wet perhaps even getting a little moth eaten To watch it change or not across the seasons will be interesting So when I found some blue tatty rope on the beach I just knew it had to go outdoors There s a little spot at the back of the house which is long and narrow and for which I wanted to make a felt hanging The best part about the rope was the loop at the top a ready made hanging mechanism Beach blue rope the hanging just had to be blue too I also like rust so I added a layer of tan merino to begin and allowed it to show at the edges slightly I covered the rope with three shades of turquoise and blue merino allowing it to break out and sit on top of the fibres in places On top I used a few wips of tan and rust merino ramie silk and bamboo fibres in tiny quantites for a little sheen and a teal crystal organza to create more texture and give a hint of shine It s not a great picture of the hanging but I thought you d like to see where it will sit It is south facing so if I leave it there I m expecting to see colour fading quite quickly Although I was very pleased with the hanging it just felt like it needed something more I wondered what I could add and remembered my ever growing stash of beach glass Excited I pulled out lots of lovely white it was once clear glass and sprinkled them on the felt It didn t work but when I replaced it with brown glass I knew I d hit upon the right thing It was also lucky to find amongst my threads one in turquoise which was quite twisted I ve used some scrappy looking knots to fasten the glass on and positioned it near the rope This has had the effect of making it look like it became trapped there naturally On a separate beach trip I d found a lead weight from a fishing net and that s what you can see tied to the bottom of the felt I can t decide whether to leave this on or not It helps

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  • hanging « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    more like this in other colours Not sure if they ll sell what do you think Hubby has also been very busy in the garden witrh some assistance from yours truly We now have a brand new trellis fence and bench They look great and he s now moved on to repairing the old fence which has meant a lot of digging out of old concrete sweat and a ittle bad language My contribution was to hang a piece of felt against the garage wall It s on a north facing wall so we shall see how it ages in comparison to the one hanging on a south facing wall The top half of the garage is a little bare at the moment so it also gives me something to look at The weather has broken and we ve had lots of rain I wonder if they ll stretch when the fibres are soaking wet Tags carded fibres felt fencing hanging photos Posted in Felting 2 Comments Garden Art Thursday May 13th 2010 Increasingly I m moving to using and exhibiting my felt outdoors It just seems a natural progression to festoon the garden with as much felt work as the house has received This will inevitably lead to loss of colour in dyed wools but actually I don t mind this idea I m excited by the thought that my felt will change over time by becoming paler stretching or shrinking gathering moss changing shade when it gets wet perhaps even getting a little moth eaten To watch it change or not across the seasons will be interesting So when I found some blue tatty rope on the beach I just knew it had to go outdoors There s a little spot at the back of the house which is long and narrow and for which I wanted to make a felt hanging The best part about the rope was the loop at the top a ready made hanging mechanism Beach blue rope the hanging just had to be blue too I also like rust so I added a layer of tan merino to begin and allowed it to show at the edges slightly I covered the rope with three shades of turquoise and blue merino allowing it to break out and sit on top of the fibres in places On top I used a few wips of tan and rust merino ramie silk and bamboo fibres in tiny quantites for a little sheen and a teal crystal organza to create more texture and give a hint of shine It s not a great picture of the hanging but I thought you d like to see where it will sit It is south facing so if I leave it there I m expecting to see colour fading quite quickly Although I was very pleased with the hanging it just felt like it needed something more I wondered what I could add and remembered my ever growing stash of beach

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  • ramie « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    ve used some scrappy looking knots to fasten the glass on and positioned it near the rope This has had the effect of making it look like it became trapped there naturally On a separate beach trip I d found a lead weight from a fishing net and that s what you can see tied to the bottom of the felt I can t decide whether to leave this on or not It helps to weight the felt and stop it blowing about too much but I m not sure about how it looks or if it will stretch the felt It s tied on using the rope which is embedded into the felt What do you think I should do about the weight leave it on or remove it This is a style of felt art that I d like to do more of and be able to sell What do people think would you buy it It s not like a sculpture for the garden It will be quite long lived but it s condition will contsantly change Will it sell Tags bamboo beach glass felt garden art hanging outdoor ramie recycling rope silk turquoise wool Posted in Felting 5 Comments Who likes net curtains Tuesday May 4th 2010 I really don t like net curtains but it s essential for the sake of decency to have something in our toilet Surprising really that not liking it I ve actually had the same net curtain up for ten years I do wash it One of my many beach finds was a number of mussel shells and it was the lovely blue colour of the shells that inspired me to make a felt curtain and eradicate the net forever I began by trying to drill holes into the shells so that I could attach them to the finished curtain All the small shells shattered but I successfully drilled into the larger ones which were surprisingly tough I didn t have a special drill bit I just used the smallest one I could find My idea was to create a curtain with shells hanging from the top some colour of the mussels in the felt and mussel shell shapes cut into the bottom of the curtain for added detail Cobweb felt is traditionally made using just one layer of fibre As I needed to make sure no holes appeared in the felt I decided to make a very fine felt using two layers of fibre The shells would be quite heavy on such a fine felt so I made an extra strip of three layers for the top from which to hang the shells The main colour is obviously white with added splashes of blue silk fibres and ramie fibres for extra shine plus wool pebbles and curly kid mohair for texture I cut the shapes into the bottom of the curtain when it was finished If I d cut them out earlier I think they would probably have been

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  • silk « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    trip I d found a lead weight from a fishing net and that s what you can see tied to the bottom of the felt I can t decide whether to leave this on or not It helps to weight the felt and stop it blowing about too much but I m not sure about how it looks or if it will stretch the felt It s tied on using the rope which is embedded into the felt What do you think I should do about the weight leave it on or remove it This is a style of felt art that I d like to do more of and be able to sell What do people think would you buy it It s not like a sculpture for the garden It will be quite long lived but it s condition will contsantly change Will it sell Tags bamboo beach glass felt garden art hanging outdoor ramie recycling rope silk turquoise wool Posted in Felting 5 Comments Shot silk Saturday May 8th 2010 I decided to try doing some dyeing in the microwave and got out my equipment with a light heart As usual with me and dyeing it didn t go quite to plan I had to put one piece through a second time because it was too pale and the scarlet dye didn t dissolve properly leading to spotting on the silk However I was in too good a mood to let this bother me and carried on although I was tiring and was happy to see I was reaching the end That was when it happened I d mixed up a dye caught the edge of the bowl with my hand and sent it spinning through the air to land on top of the cat s food bowl by the wall It splashed up the wall on the door into the kitchen and began to run across the floor Why is it that liquid always seems ten times more when spilt At least I had the presence of mind to mop some of it up with a piece of silk It was running down the wall staining the paint and creeping across the floor to me And the colour Red of course It looked like a scene from a massacre As it ran down the wall it appeared to be staining the wall so I cleared it up as quickly as possible On hearing about it my husband quipped shot silk and so you have todays title He seemed surprised that I hadn t taken a photo but I would have had to step in the dye to get to a camera Don t they look lovely and bright I thought I d try a few bits of lace in the yellow green and see what happened They weren t soaked first I just put them in dry and watched Interesting that they re mainly the same colour as the silk except for the one which has

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  • wool « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    was to create our own sample scarf using as many of the techniques and effects as we could In addition to working with Rutsuko s techniques I d challenged myself to work in naturals just because I rarely do so I had gone armed with a natural grey and a 100s superfine white Merino and bits of yarn ramie and spare fabric The first difference of the day was the availability of silk organza as the fabric for the scarf I had taken silk chiffon but thought I d give the fabric from Rutsuko a go the silk organza has more body than the silk chiffon and is Rutsuko s fabric of choice Step one was to make some pre felt to cut up and use in the sample scarf I normally use the width of my hand to pull the fibres from the tops and then lay two layers of fibre the first horizontal the second vertical We were advised to lay out two layers of diagonal fibres No wet and set stage but a small number of rolls increasing in quantity and pressure until we have a pre felt Now I don t make the softest pre felt part made felt in the world but even I was surprised at what Rutsuko considered a pre felt We rolled until there was no movement left in the fibres a stage so late that some people would actually have finished felting at this point Then we began to lay out the scarf All around the edge we put two diagonal layers of fibres then laid on our designs using our pre felts yarns etc We were all very keen to make a flower using Rutsuko s technique and as usual I had a yarn that I didn t know the composition of and decided to experiment with it anyway You perhaps can t tell from the photo but it was quite hairy which is the main reason I wouldn t use it again It only stuck where I used a few fibres to attach it so that tells me it wasn t pure wool either I still really like this scarf and it is wearable I love the natural grey merino which felted quickly We rolled and rolled and rolled until there was no movement in the fibres at all and it was even beginning to shrink a little Then we heated it up and rolled it just in our towels This fulling hardening process made it shrink quite quickly as we continued to add hot water or dip into hot water between each set of rolls Things really got wet at this point it s a process that could easily be done on the draining board at home so at least all that water would have somewhere to go Only after all this was finished was it time to cut the flower and shape the petals The flower and the leaf lattice at the other end are my favourite parts of this scarf When it was time to make a scarf on day two I knew I wanted two flowers some lattice work and to add more texture but I also decided just to work in white and on silk chiffon this time Along the edges I added Ramie fibres and curly kid Mohair In the centre are some plastic rings wrapped with lambswool yarn and trapped under scrim with a little fancy yarn on top The lattice is made from strips of fibre but twisted a few times I wouldn t normally twist the fibres but you can t tell from the finished item that I have Could I have made this scarf using my usual techniques yes I don t think I learnt a huge amount on adding effects and finishes to my scarves but the techniques used to achieve them were new and interesting I would adopt some of the techniques in some instances and I really enjoyed working with someone from a different culture and with so much experience Rutsuko shared her knowledge willingly and with a mastery of English that I could never hope to emulate in Japanese It was also wonderful to give myself entirely to making felt and to focus on design and techniques without wondering if the washing was ready to hang out yet having a cat walk on it or being distracted by the fridge I feel like it s refocused me on thinking about what I do not just doing I really thought my husband would like these scarves as they re so restrained but he surprised me by saying they were wishy washy It hasn t put me off I still think they re great Tags felt merino nuno pre felt rutsuko sakata scarf wool Posted in Felting 16 Comments Spotty Runner Tuesday June 1st 2010 Last year my daughter and I sat and cut out loads and loads of pre felt circles for a a school project Not all the circles were used and they ve just been sat waiting for a new project which I came up with yesterday I decided to create a new table runner and to use up all the different coloured spots on it After a little thought I decided that I d sit them on a natural grey merino fibre It s a lovely mix of light and dark grey and sets off all the colouirs very well At the ends I ve also cut out more circles for added interest There are five cut outs at each end I decided not to include white and to keep it to coloured circles only The pile of waiting circles looked very large and yet I had to cut out more Obviously I cut out too many more and now there s a small pile waiting for a new project unbelievable Tags contemporary felt merino spotty table runner wet felted wool Posted in 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  • Not quite what I intended « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    looked on the book and it seemed a waste so I changed my mind and have kept it as a picture After some debate over whether or not to add some stitch I took the plunge I ve included about 5 stitches in total and finished it off with seed beads This really works for me as a picture with the beads giving the impression of sparks I ve decided to call it Flame Garden and all that remains now is for me to make a book cover Tags hebridean wet felted wool Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Subscribe to my blog Join my mailing list to receive latest workshop dates and felt news or My Flickr Photos Hints and Tips Tutorials Tutorial Felt cord making Tutorial 3D Pod Tutorial Nuno felt scarf Tutorial Trollen weaving Tutorial Seamless Felt Handbag Tutorial Seamless Felt Notebook Categories Book Review Curlew Diaries Featured Maker Felt United Felting General Metaphor past workshops Spinning tutorial Search blog Good stuff Andrea Graham Arlene s felt Attic 24 Cash en Els Clasheen Felt Alive Feuer und Wasser Fiona Duthie Foxglove Felts I live I love I craft I am me Irit Dulman LoveFibre Rabenfilz Renata Felt Studiofelter Tanglewood Thicket Terrie Kwong Threadborne Vilt a la kim Vital Temptation Wildy Woolly I m a member of Felting and Needle Felting Forum Archive April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 Older entries April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014

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