Flu and felt!

Cristina and I had a lovely time felting together although we did miss our friend Sheila who had some sick bodies to look after and couldn’t make it down from Dublin, hope everyone is feeling a lot better by now Sheila.  Unfortunately I seem to have succumbed to some kind of flu myself (how annoying is that) so I am going to keep this post brief and share a couple of pictures of two sleeveless jackets, one which I made a while ago (and now has a new home with Cristina!) and the other which Cristina made during her stay here at Clasheen! 

Detail from the front of Cristina's jacket

Cristina’s white jacket is worked from needle punched felt and has some lovely raised detail inspired by some interesting techniques of Danish felter Charlotte Buch.   The merino in mine picks up the colours of the large hand dyed silk lap which formed the basis of the design, I love the texture this silk adds to the surface and the little holes which I emphasised in the wool. 

Close up showing how the silk laps add texture to the felt surface

Printing on felt

Printing on felt is one surface decoration that I have not tried yet but hopefully today will change all that!  I am just off now for my monthly workshop (have missed all during the summer unfortunately) with the South East Textile Group and apparantly printing is what we will be learning, specifically printing on felt or so I believe.  Luckily I have a plain green felt rectangle in my stash and I am hoping it will be fine to try on this, some of the other members are bringing along commercial needle punched felt and possibly some hand made prefelt as well.  I will also have access to a good printer which the group owns so I am bringing some JetFix paper as well.  I want to print on to muslin and gauze and then incorporate this into some experimental nuno as soon as I have a minute early next week.  Anyway, off I go, I will update you on how I get on over the weekend.