Experiment with plastic, awards, spiral neckpieces and production line of prefelt


Detail of plastic onion net in felt

Detail of plastic onion net in felt

Here is an image as promised of the experimental piece I felted using wool, silk, alpaca, scrim, mohair and an orange plastic onion net.  Using a typical Irish seascape for inspiration I created a wet felted piece suggesting rocky pools, frothy water, fishing nets and swirling sand.  It was great fun to do and now I am going to ask all my pupils in Leitrim to collect these nets as I really think that we can use them in some of our work for ‘Craft in the Classroom’.

I had a great evening at the Irish Blog Awards in Cork on Saturday.  It was a LONG drive up and down but well worth the effort, stylish hotel (amazingly the Cork International Airport Hotel!), the ladies tea party was a hoot and the ceremony itself great fun.  Congratulations to ‘Irish Blogger of the Year’ Suzy Byrne who’s blog Maman Poulet won the gong Best News/Current Affairs Blog as well as the top award.  You can check out all the winners in the various catagories and a big word of congratulations to Damien and all his crew who organised such a great fun event.

I was pretty tired yesterday after my 6 hours driving so decided to relax by making two more spiral neckpieces (pictures in Flickr), very relaxing!

Today it is back to the grindstone as I have a production in line up and running making prefelt to use for my first session in Leitrim this Wednesday.  I have decided that since we will be having a 2 hour ‘taster’ at the school the best way of ensuring all the pupils make a successful piece of felt in the allocated time is for them to lay out their design on a backing of prefelt, hence the production line!


6 thoughts on “Experiment with plastic, awards, spiral neckpieces and production line of prefelt

  1. Hi Nicola,

    That must be the piece you were telling me about on Saturday with the onion net. It looks AMAZING! The contrast between the blue and orange is fab and I would say texturally it is also striking.

    Good luck with your work with the school in the northeast – I look forward to reading more about it.

    Great to meet you on Saturday!

    le dea-ghuí,

  2. Hi Deb, I usually do teach at my house/studio and sometimes in various venues where I have been invited to facilitate a workshop. Because of the project that I was accepted to participate in with the Crafts Council of Ireland I am now completing a residency in a small rural school in the midlands, hence the production line of prefelt!

  3. Your spiral neckpieces are wonderful………….it’s the cutting, after they are felted that make them so unusual, isn’t it????

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