I'm amazed how long the large wall hanging is taking to complete. I called in to the Gaelscoil after I'd finished felting with the Goleir group yesterday morning to discover the art room was a bit smelly and humid because of the drying felt. Now that it's not so wet and heavy I decided to bring the piece home with me and try to get it dry outside, at least this way I can move and turn it regularly.
At the moment it's draped over one of my felting tables at the front of the house. I'm a little nervous that Rex might lift his leg on a corner of it but unless the wind and possibly the sun gets to the felt (hopefully not rain, look at that sky!) I'm not sure how on earth I'll get it ready to iron and attach the flowers. The school have put a picture of the wall hanging in progress online, once we're finished I'll collate all the picture and videos I've taken myself and post the best images here on the blog.
I'll leave you today with a picture of the beautiful flowers felted by the Goleir group yesterday, next week we'll take pictures of all the work created during this fun and creative four week series of workshops!
It's been an action packed week to date hence no blog posts or much of any Internet activity. I worked until 10.30 on Monday night, taught all Tuesday and was in Galway yesterday with Alan, today I need to catch up with things at home and prepare for the market in Borris tomorrow. Here's a picture of one of Monday evenings felt pieces prior to wetting out, I'll blog properly and get more pics online but it might be the weekend before I do so!
I'm just taking the opportunity to post these pics of work in progress while Brid and Brenda are having a break for lunch and a walk outside. We're here in Duckett's Grove working on flat felt pieces, thank goodness it's a bit warmer in the studio today, not much, but a bit!
Brid chose to 'draw' her design on a background of natural brown French roving and Brenda selected soft white short fibre merino for her base. Both have used a selection of mohair, silk and shimmery Firestar to lay out the surface detail, I think they're going to be wonderful when they're felted!
Yesterday morning I worked with 70 four and five year olds then in the evening I started a course of four sessions with an art group in Myshall, a busy day you might say. I'll be posting before and after pictures of all the wonderful felt pictures to FB later this afternoon but here's a little taster for you to enjoy now!
I think that the participants did amazing work, none had ever felted or handled wool batts before, it was a wonderful night!