Beachcombing for felting inspiration and pictures of the resist for my first large felt sculpture!

On the first day of Sigrid’s visit our Irish weather lived up to it’s reputation, very wet and windy although not too cold!  As a result we decided to felt together on Friday and leave it until Saturday for a trip to the coast.  With all the windy weather on Friday evening we had great fun collecting seaweed, driftwood, pebbles and other interesting flotsam which we will have available to participants this week. 

Sigrid lugging our spoils badk to the truck!

Sigrid lugging our spoils badk to the truck!

It will be wonderful if anyone wants to incorporate it into their work or use it as an inspirational starting point.  Yesterday we washed all the seaweed and at the moment it is hanging over a wall at the back of my house as we don’t want it to dry too much yet and stiffen into difficult shapes. 

When we felted together on Friday I showed Sigrid how Anna Gunnarsdottir makes her multiple resists and both of us experimented by making a piece during the afternoon. 

My first multiple resist sewn together ready to lay out the wool

My first multiple resist sewn together ready to lay out the wool

This image is of the resist I made at ‘Felt in Focus’ and clearly shows the stitching up the centre line and how I intend the finished sculpture to stand up and fan out.  One of the most important things to remember using this method is to be sure and not wrap the wool around two layers of resist, sounds obvious but it is easy to make the error!  I will continue with the explanations for this method over the next number of posts but for the moment I am trying to absorb as much information as possible from Sigrid in order to improve my felting skills!  Carmen came over for the day yesterday and Sigrid showed us how to make welcoming spirits for the house, kind of small felt pockets with various embellishments and stitching.  This morning we stitched and embellished some bags that I have felted for an exhibition and now I am off to try out another design which Sigrid uses, this time for a cut and felted net shopping bag!

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4 thoughts on “Beachcombing for felting inspiration and pictures of the resist for my first large felt sculpture!

  1. Good morning Nicola,

    Oh, I’m so excited to see what type of felt creations you come up with using the seaweed and other treasures that you and Sigrid collected at the beach.

    Thank you for the continuation on the multiple resist felt piece. It really is a complex and fascinating technique.

    I’ll be anxiously awaiting your next post to hear all about Sigrid’s workshop.

    You are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great day!

    Hugs,
    Dawn

  2. Wow Nicola, a shopping bag! What ideas and I am drooling overt he sculptures in progress. So, you are not using the bubble wrap as the resist. Ummmmmmm I am so intrigued I hope I get home early this afternoon so I can attempt a following your lead. Thank you for generously sharing these ideas, I feel somewhat inspirationally bankrupt in my isolation here on the great plains of USA.

    • Hi Deb, Not exactly sure how the large pieces of seaweed will react, today is the day some of the participants might choose to use it so check back later!

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