Sorry about the lack of posts since last Tuesday, I am TOTALLY engrossed in Lyda Rump’s visit and our wonderful felting workshops! Lyda arrived from the airport on Wednesday and Thursday was spent together visiting Cushendale Woolen Mills and Kilkenny city. In the late afternoon friend and Irish feltmaker Maureen arrived and the rest of the day was spent chatting and having a ‘show and tell’ of Lyda’s felt! The following morning another felting friend Cristina arrived to stay and then we were all set for more friends and participants to come for the felted accessories workshop.
Gerd's glam brooch
Here are just two pictures from the first day’s workshop to tantalise you, full report and loads of pictures to follow over the next few days when I have time to stop and catch my breath!
As promised here are some pictures of my new style (loosly based on a Lyda Rump design) fabric and felt neckpiece.
Printed silver fabric and black felt bead neckpiece
The scarves that I have used in my first two prototypes are a 20% silk 80% linen mix and the beads are wet felted from some of my gorgeously soft short fibred merino. When I was taking these pictures I thought again how perfect this style would be for anyone who is allergic to wool. The felt beads may be moved around the scarf and never touch the skin therefore anyone finding wool itchy would never come in contact with anything irritable.
Detail of printed fabric and felt bead neckpiece
I formed one long felt bead around a wooden dowel and just before I had finished felting cut the piece into five even pieces. The black beads perfectly compliment the silver printed fabric and I am still deciding if I will add small seed beads to the turquoise neckpiece (pictures on Flickr) or leave it as is, plain and simple. As mentioned before I sewed the ends of the scarf together and covered the join with a felt bead. It would of course be an option not to do this but leave the ends open, this way the scarf could be wound around the neck in the normal manner as many times as wanted leaving the ends free to sit to the front or to the back.
I am off now to have a quick snack for lunch and then set in to a long afternoon felting in preparation for Sunday’s craft fair! Until tomorrow …..
At the end of last week I made two fabric and felt neckpieces, basically a cross between a necklace and a scarf! These were inspired by a piece of Lyda Rump’s that I saw in Denmark this summer and consisted of a long scarf of silk and linen pulled through large felt beads. The two ends of the scarf were sewn together and a felt bead covers them and the whole ensembale may be worn wrapped once, twice or three times (if you have a small head!) around your head. I used my short fibred merino to make the beads so they are exceptionally soft but even if you were actually allergic to wool it would be possible to enjoy the neckpieces as only the silk/linen mix scarf would sit at the back of your neck. As soon as I get a chance I will upload some photos and you can see how simple but effective these are, a perfect present and a great way of combining some artificial fabrics with felt as well!
This week it is all about preparation for the craft fair that I am attending on Sunday. I did mention before that I am only doing the one this year, Carmen is organising it and I really want to support the cause. I have boxed up LOADS of books in my quest to tidy up the house and I am going to bring theses along as well (having of course asked permission) and sell them from beside my stand, hopefully I can make a little extra cash and sort the house out a bit more at the same time! Here are a few details about the event …….
RAHEEN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTE
IS HOLDING OUR 2ND CHRISTMAS FAIR ON SUNDAY
DEC 6 FROM 10 AM TO 16 PM.
Venue: Raheen Community Hall, Raheen,
This year’s event promises to be bigger and better that last year’s craft fair. The diverse range of stalls include: