Another way of making cloth…take wool roving, add hot water, soap, and sweat (my own, as I provided the “friction” required to make felt), and in a relatively short bit, the soft fluffy separate pieces of wool that could blow away with a gentle breeze, interlock and become one single strong piece of cloth. Like weaving, very magical.
I did have to move my studio mates to make room for the felting paraphernalia, but they were much interested in the process so watched on…
gathered up some of my handdyed and handfelted felt to see what kinds of hearts would emerge. as you’ll see, one had a bit of help from Van Gogh, so to speak. his painting La Berceuse was the colour inspiration for the leftover bits and bobs of felt and yarns/threads. find it very satisfying to cobble together the “unwanteds” (those leftover bits too small to create a heart in its entirety) and let the stitching pull them all together into a whole new entity….
using the frame loom (called a pin loom here I think) that I got in argentina to weave dishcloths for stocking stuffers. why, you ask? because it’s my form of textural doodling, it uses up my stash, and mostly because the 100% cotton dishcloths are better than any I’ve ever bought! made to last, and yes, you can machine wash and dry them as often as you like. My new year’s resolution is to buy/acquire less, but what I get will be of very good quality with no built-in obsolescence.
Haven’t got anything on the loom right now…but these are potentials: a scarf warp to add as strips to a little-bit-too-narrow blanket (think African Kente cloth made from strips stitched together) as well as some of my handdyed and handspun yarns. The cloth in the middle is a silk sampler I made a while back.
The latest set of scarves from a log cabin warp….
Using seven colours to plan a Fibonnaci sequence scarf….yup, look it up!
These are a few of the characters that share my studio with me….and yes, they end up in my art.