Yesterday I ordered the raw materials to fulfill the trade orders from Showcase and got some dreaded paperwork out of the way early in the morning. This left me free to felt my first vessel of 2014!
Every day when I walk up the lane and through the fields at Clasheen with Rex, my eyes are drawn time and time again to the beautiful lichen, moss and fern strewn dry stone walls which are a constant source of inspiration for me. It was interesting to see the night before that I was very attracted to an unusual polymer clay necklace online friend Jaroslava Zikmundova posted to FB and Etsy, I then discovered when I left a comment that it too was inspired by mosses and lichen!
Anyway, yesterday I wanted to work on an idea that I had had for a while, a felt vessel with plenty of texture and some craters. I'm planning a series of vessels incorporating some natural printing but for yesterday I just wanted to break my duck and get back to felting three dimensionally. I also wanted to use some of the lovely Portugese merino I bought at the wool factory in Guarda on a trip we made last year at the wonderful residential felting holiday at Dominio Vale do Mondego. Just as an aside, if anyone is interested in joining us for this years extravaganza don't forget to check it out and contact Karin ASAP, spaces are filling very quickly!
Here's a picture of the vessel during the early laying out stage…..
and one after I've laid out all the surface embellishments and started to felt, thanks Sue (GlitterGirl Feltworks) for the funky yarn!
Here's a picture of the almost finished vessel sitting on top of the wall, I still need to do a little work to firm up the shape. Overall I'm happy with the result, the craters would have been much better if I'd used a different method for creating them, the Portugese merino batt gives a lovely pebbly texture when felted but was a little uneven to lay out, all in all it was a pleasant way to start felting vessels for the new year.
Very lovely…i too get inspired by all the moss and lichen dripping from rocks and branches around here (the coast of Vancouver island).
Will you be doing any workshops in this neck of the woods this year?
Would love to learn more on natural printing techniques.
Hi Kerry, I definitely intend on teaching in Canada during Sept/Oct this year. This week I’m trying to firm up all my US spring workshops then next week I’ll start to organise dates and venues for Canada, hope to see you then!
Awesome texture. Lovely effect of the yarn that looks so vivid. The Portugal wool are so good to work with. Your area is so inspiring no wonder you’re so creative.
How gorgeous! It looks as if it has grown out of the landscape!
I love the vessel, but I’m a little worried about your poor duck….Why did you have to break him/her prior to the feltmaking? Duck lovers unite….This odd custom must stop 😉
Well Dawn, we’re just a shower of bird bashers here in Ireland, remind me to give you a lesson in April!