Lyda encouraged us to incorporate artifical fabrics into our layout and these had some amazing results in the finished felt, you either loved each piece or you hated it, no middle ground! During the morning I suddenly remembered that I had a large artificial fabric wrap donated to me by a friend to repurpose and the metallic weaving combined with black was perfect to cut up into pieces to see what the result would be if it were felted into a background of short fibred merino. As you can see from the picture on the left it formed a good bond with the wool fibres and crinkled nicely during the felting process! I thought it was interesting the way the mixed fibres in the weave affected the finished shape. My lay out of wool and fabric for this piece was square but as I felted them together they shrank very much more in one way than the other. This ended up as an interesting twisted rectangle shape which I further embellished with turquoise stones and strung on a black rubber tube. My brief to myself over the weekend was to try our new things, to stitch or bead some work and to complete some projects and not leave them on the long finger for finishing later, whether you like this piece or not it is finished and it is beaded!
Argh, I am so annoyed and frustrated because when I uploaded this post for some reason the second half of my writing and the image to accompany it was deleted. I don’t know what actually happened and unfortunately I have to rush to the bank so don’t have time to write any more right at this minute. I will however leave you for the second time, this time with a picture of my merino, stone, fabric and bead pendant minus the longer and more instructive description!