I hope that this Christmas and 2016 are full of peace, love and laughter for us all..
Nuno Angels from a couple of years back,
I haven't had chance to felt anything Christmassy this year..
|Taken on the 1st of December, just as the sun came up and bathed the tree in gold :)|
|In our small woods this tree is always the last one to give up its leaves..|
|As you can see from it's neighbours..|
|I put the left over solution in an old preserve jar..|
not sure how long it keeps once made up, guess I'll find out
|Please excuse the horrible photo!|
|Light objects weighting the front of the brim down|
|Nice straight brim.. much better :)|
|Changing leaves and light quality|
|Image of a contemporary engraving of the plotters|
|Guy Fawkes signature on his confession|
|Using three strands of yarn.. 1 aran and 2 double knit and a 10mm hook|
|They're approx 4'6" x 5' really snuggly and warm.|
Some of the yarn used was passed on to me by my Nan, and I
recognise some of it from childhood cardigans and jumpers :)
|in the making :)|
|Wider in the brim|
|And yet another selfie :)|
As you can tell there hasn't been anyone around to help with pics lately..
|This was the fungal inspiration..|
I now know this is turkey tail fungus - thank you Kerry :)
|Laying out the layers with bubble wrap between|
|Wetted and carefully rubbing..|
forgot to take progress pics after this :)
|Close-up of finished ruffles|
|I love seeing them rolled up like this :)|
|Another terrible selfie!|
This is a pretty long one.. it loops round the neck 3 times
|Turkey tail fungus (thank you Kerry for the name :)|
I love the colours, pretty bands and rounded ruffling shape..
|Laid out fibre layers separated by bubble wrap |
(apart from a thin strip along one long edge
- where I wanted the layers to be joined)
|Wetted and carefully rubbed|
|After lots of rubbing and rolling.. when it was holding together well.|
Using my painters tray 'washer board' to firm up the ruffles
|After rinsing and a gentle spin I stretched and formed the ruffles|
- leaving it in position to dry
|Unfortunately I had to take the photo myself and it isn't very good -|
But you get the idea :)
|If you look closely some of the leaves are starting to turn..|
|I usually take photos of this tree in the morning.. this was taken in the afternoon,|
notice how the light is different..?
|Close-up of the smallest|
|They have flown over to my Etsy shop :)|
I wonder where they will find their home..
|The animals went in two by two...|
Just drying out here.
|Sewing prickles onto the first hedgehog - HARRIS the big one.|
I used a nice Harris tweed fulled in the washing machine for this one
|Harris and the Hoglets :)|
|This is the darker coloured reindeer with more 'grass' showing through the snow|
|Lighter coloured reindeer up close n personal :)|
|Silk fibre, curly locks and prefelt for the floral design|
|This was to be a deep tote|
|a wide bottom :)|
|The width at the bottom makes it roomier |
and allows it to stand unsupported.
This one was white Falkland inside and dyed merino outside, see how the white has crept through
|I lined the handle area with a pretty Kaffe Fasset print cotton fabric|
adding a piping edge to the pockets in the same.
Finished with a magnetic popper closure (the stitch on sort)
|Black Shetland lamb, Black Welsh and the darkest brown parts of a Jacobs|
again with silk fibre, curly locks and prefelt for the design
|This one has tabs at the top for attaching the handle|
|The handle is a strong felted cord - with a metal ring felted into either end.|
The metal rings were then threaded onto the tabs which are turned over and
stitched securely down.
|This style lends itself to sewing a zip across the top :)|
|Close-up showing texture.|
All the different fibre used - different shrinkage rates etc. have
given a really lovely deeply pebbled texture.
This bag has a very vintage shabby chic character I think (it actually reminds me of a Victorian table covering in the Housekeepers room of the Victorian House I used to work in)