Tonight we got great instruction and history on the three different kinds of felting. We also were able to try all 3 kinds.
These are samples of Heidi's work. The hats are wet felting, the birds are needle felting and the fabric type pieces are nuno felting. We first tried needle felting which is done with a barbed, very sharp needle. We used a plastic cookie cutter to give our piece a shape. Heidi uses a medium grade, short staple wool for best results.
Next we tried wet felting. We placed a thin layer of wool in one direction and another layer in the opposite direction and then placed the piece in a plastic bag. We added a little water mixed with detergent and began rubbing.
Nuno felting is similar to wet felting except that the wool is placed on a piece of silk gauze and then worked into the silk with water and detergent. Very time consuming.
These are our finished samples above. Very interesting.
Trying on Heidi's beautiful items. Butterfly wings.
Several guests tonight.
I belong to the Surface Design Association (www.surfacedesign.org).
One of the perks for me is getting one of the three swatch collections
of actual textile work done by SDA members. I have Collection C right
now that I'm going to bring to the meeting on Wednesday and spread them
out for everyone to look at, touch and talk about. There are 90 12" x
12" pieces in all conceivable fabric techniques--- even some where the
back is completely different than the front.
Some how we missed not telling all of you about Jane Blacquiere's major prizes at the MLH Biennial Fiber Show. She won the Best of Show as well as the 1st Prize in Fiber Art for her "Ascension" piece. A gorgeous piece that the juror, JoAnne Bachelder, loved --- it made her happy.
Priscilla Lynch and Jennifer Gould had pieces in the show, too, that received Honorable Mentions. Thanks, Jonetta, for the great pictures.
The above two pieces are Priscilla's. The one below she got an Honorable Mention for.