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

Stop press, my nuno felt poncho had been converted into an amazingly versatile sleeveless top!

Sleeveless top with flower brooch

I know that I promised you photos of my reversible nuno felt poncho/wrap in my last post but since yesterday afternoon the poncho has taken on a new identity masquerading as a fabulous sleeveless top! It is a bit of a long story and forgive me if I need to cut things short but it is a bank holiday here and my sister, her three kids and my mom are arriving to visit almost any minute now! 

Basically I am very excited that it has just been confirmed that I will be participating in a Charlotte Buch workshop at the Danish felting symposium this summer and yesterday I discovered that Charlotte has now uploaded a tutorial for her clever 3 in 1 top to her website, check it out for yourselves and see what I mean!  Armed with her finished measurements I hauled out my measuring stick and realised that the poncho was larger in diameter that those in the tutorial which meant that I could safely cut the neckline into a circle bigger thus transforming the poncho into this cute and extremely wearable reversible top! 

What makes this top so exciting for me is the multiple ways it can be worn and the fact that is is created from one single piece of flat felt and not shaped around a resist, perfect for an enthuastic beginner!!!  Head on over to my Flickr photos to view some (but not all) the ways you can wrap this beauty around your body. 

I’ll leave you with a shot from the back, isn’t this just a wonderful concept??? 

One option for the back view