Last night at our art group Running With Scissors, Jan took us on a felt journey! Jan is a wonderful, enthusiastic teacher, and I am delighted to learn anything from her.First we laid out fluffy fleece in a cross pattern, then we added wonderful bits of yarn and fabric and things. This is Anne’s beautiful landscapy design, laid out on bubble wrap. Another great use for bubble wrap, making felt.
Anne added hot soapy water and worked the fleece until it shrunk and bonded.
As the felt starts to bond, you can get rougher with it, here Julie starts rolling it back and forth between two sheets of bubble wrap.
This is partway through the process, becoming a beautiful Kandinsky-esque abstract felt.
This is the master (mistress? I guess not.) of felt, Jan, expounding on the wonders of making your own.
Joan had added marbles to her felt to add some texture, here Jan demonstrates how to birth the marbles (pop them out) so you are left with small, interesting caverns in your felt.
This finished piece has lovely bits of velvet trapped in the felt. Everyone was making such beautiful things! Thank you, Jan, for taking us on the felt journey!
Congratulations are in order for my friend, Lynn Krawczyk! Her book is finally in print, and it is beautiful!
Lynn is an amazing artist and writer. Her book shows you many interesting ways to get paint of fabric, it is a delight! Congratulations, Lynn, job well done!
I embroidered the voodoo symbol for Papa Legba, and I’m pretty pleased with how it came out.
I made a couple of queens for our fiber art group. Our theme was couples, pairs, two of a kind, so I went with red queens.
Only Jan Waller could get me to take fleece and hot water in hand again to try to make felt. She taught a group of us to make little vessels, and I just finished decorating mine.
I’ve added stitching and beads, and I rather like the way it turned out.
The problem, of course, is what can you keep in a felt vessel with a narrow opening. The only thing I’ve come up with so far are twigs.
It’s easy, she said, stitch some fabric on a sweatshirt, cut it here, sew it there, and you’ve got a beautiful jacket! So far I have a very ugly jacket, and I’m not showing it to you.