At Saturday morning’s workshop Hilary made some gorgeous felt flowers and we tried out a super new soap!
Because there were only the two of us (unfortunately the other participants were not able to make it) I was able to show Hilary how I usually lay out my wool and then we would both make a flower, Hilary following my lead. We started with some simple rolled flowers as described in Lizzie Houghton’s book ‘Felting Fashion’ and then went on to make flowers using a resist to create two layers of petals. After this we made a felt ball and then finished up the session creating another flower but this time incorporating a glass bead to form a focal point in the centre.
During the morning we tried out a new natural soap which Hilary had discovered during the week in her local Lidl supermarket. This ‘Suhada’ brand rice/bamboo soap is part of a new range that Lidl are currently stocking and contains amongst other ingredients palm oil, coconut oil and cold pressed olive oil. I found it excellent to work with, soft on my skin like olive oil soap and if anything you needed to use even less than with olive oil soap, it lathered very well. The liquid ‘brown’ soap that I had brought back from Denmark in the summer contains palm oil but this is the first time that I have known of any product with similar ingredients being for sale anywhere in my locality, I will be stocking up and advise you all to do the same!
Check out my Flickr photos to see more images of the flowers that we made.
I still need to finish stringing the felt balls onto the ribbon yarn, why do I find it so difficult to add these little finishing touches???