Felt and driftwood ring

By the time I had finished my proposal for Cashel Arts Fest, had a chat and some lunch with Carmen, Mariate and Alan it was four o’clock and we (with the exception of Alan!) were all ready to get down to a bit of felting (or sewing in the case of Mariate) for the rest of the afternoon.  Carmen laid out a gorgeous scarf and I started to decide exactly how I was going to make a ring using merino and a well worn piece of driftwood collected on a recent trip to the beach.

Felt and driftwood ring

It took ages deciding which piece of driftwood to use as when you are a confirmed hoarder like me it is difficult to use anything from your stash in case you mess it up and end up wasting the piece!  I had a couple of minutes trying to work out how to attach the bit to Alan’s small drill but eventually decided just to run with my own Makita and not worry about the concequences in the event of any misadventure!  Choosing the colours for the felt was easy, the dark patina of the wood lent itself to orange, yellow, wine and green Autumnal colours, no surprises there.  Overall I was very happy with the end result and plan on wearing the ring tomorrow when I go to a podcasting course organised by ArtL!nks.  I also felted another ring using bone and merino and then made an experimental cuff using merino and some very sequined jersey fabric that Carmen got as waste from an Irish dress designer.  Unfortunately it will be Tuesday or Wednesday before I get to felt again but now that I have got started combining felt and found objects I will be planning some more pieces of jewellery and then hopefully some bigger three dimensional projects which are floating around in my head at the moment.

Busy day today and combining felt with found objects, my fun project for tomorrow!

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Today was Carmen’s birthday and we had an active day variously felting, weaving, chatting and catching up with our friend Martina who called in on a special visit from the other side of Ireland especially in honour of the birthday girl!  Tomorrow we are going to be joined by more friends Cristina and Mariate for a felting, chatting and eating marathon.  You may wonder how Alan fits into the middle of this activity (especially since he really doesn’t like all that fluffy wool stuff!!) but this weekend was put in motion when he announced his trip to visit his parents and since he did not travel due to a cold what else can a girl do except persevere with her plans?

My objective tomorrow is to make some small three dimensional pieces and then combine them with found objects from my stash to create unique and funky felt and recycled jewellery.  I got a GREAT book during the week through Amazon, ‘Fabulous Jewellery from Found Objects’ by Marthe Le Van.  For the first time ever I now have some technical knowledge which shows me the safest way to drill through stones, work with precious and semi precious metal and basically gives clear step by step instructions for some of the necessary jewellery skills required when working with various types of new and found objects.  Alan has lent me a very small drill ( mine is a BIG Makita power tool!) and I have loads of ideas floating around in my head so hopefully I will have a few photos tomorrow to show you how everything is progressing.

The other necessary thing I have to do in the morning is put together a proposal for the Cashel Arts Fest.  This event does not take place until November but the organisers are sorting out the workshops sometime this week and I really would like to have something fun and interesting to offer for the children.

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