Before I write about the felting I did over the long weekend just let me answer a question that a lot of you have been asking via email. The ridged wooden object pictured beside the washboard in my last post is called a ‘felting mouse’. This is a wonderful hand held tool which I bought from Wollknoll and I find it fantastic for spot fulling all types of felt and great for shaping felt vessels. They sell this hand held style which is so comfortable to use and also a bigger paddle like version with a long wooden handle, I recommend this one!!
Although I didn’t get to felt for as long as I would have liked to over the weekend (things are hotting up for Alan’s local election campaign!) I do have images of a couple of works in progress to show you. One of the pieces that I worked on was the thick felt pad pictured above, I had actually made it at the beginning of last week but only started punching it yesterday evening. I borrowed Carmen’s hollow punch set as it has much bigger punches and so far I have stamped out beads in various different sizes.
These beads will be used in a variety of jewellery projects that I have in mind, unfortunately I need to buy more seed beads as both the yellow and the blue that I have in stock just don’t cut the mustard with the colours of the discs! My main felting project over the weekend was this nuno felted wrap made from some of the gorgeous hand dyed silk chiffon and merino friends from Feltmakers Ireland gave me as a present. The colours are wonderfully subtle, hand dyed graduating shades of golden olive, now I just need to felt a contrasting flower or button to use as a closure. I KNOW that I will wear this a lot! If you check out my Flickr images you can see how textured and subtle this nuno is if you examine the close up image of the wrap.
Good morning Nicola,
O.K., felting mouse, got it. Now, for my next pesky question, as you’ve stumped me again! What is a “hollow punch set”? It looks like it would be mighty handy for felt bead making. Your new beads are gorgeous…Can’t wait to see what you make with them. Would you ask Carmen if I might be able to borrow her punch, too? Just kidding of course…But it looks like a great gadget and I can’t wait to hear more about it.
Also, love, love, love your new nuno wrap!
Hope you’re having a great day.