Another mother and daughter project. We did this on an extremely warm day (well for England anyway) and rolled it out on the trampoline.
The rug is made from a Jacob sheep’s fleece I brought at the Woolfest, felt fibres of a similar colour to the fleece are laid on the back – or inside – of the fleece. The net is then placed over it and wetted.
Covered with netting
Unfortunately because of the thickness of the fleece it just wouldn’t soak though so I had the brilliant idea of spraying it with the hosepipe. After spraying myself to cool down, the fleece was finally wet. It then needed rubbing to make sure the fibres were stable before rolling. We then washed it in several changes of water, it’s surprising how heavy it gets and how dirty the water is, before putting it in the washing machine.
It took all day and is more tiring than it looks, especially in the heat. Anyway, here’s the finished product, I particularly like the mottled effect of the fleece – not a bad buy for £4.
I made this scarf for a friends christmas present last November. I got into felting because my Mum started attending courses and so I got her to teach me how to felt as well. Now, I’m not as competent as she is and don’t have the confidence to make anything without her instruction but, I’m quite proud of this one 🙂
First, I laid out the wool and wetted it with soapy water before rubbing it to get it to felt together. Unfortunately, the wool didn’t want to felt on its own so we decided to add a black backing, hoping the colours would show up bright enough.
Using more warm, soapy water I spent ages rubbing until it was secure enough to roll. Everytime I do some felting I’m surprised at the amount of physical effort it takes but this had to be done quickly because I was using the dining room table and the family were getting hungry 😀
I was quite pleased with how the colour looked against the black, in fact I think it looks better than it would’ve done without the backing but it did mean it wasn’t as floaty as originally planned.
I almost didn’t want to give this away but giving something handmade as a present means more than just buying a mass-produced product 🙂
This weekend I visited the Lakedistrict to attend the Woolfest, just outside of Cockermouth. http://www.woolfest.co.uk/ The Woolfest has been orgainised by Woolclip since 2005, it involves many weavers, spinners, knitters and felters all displaying their wool and fabulous designs.
The start of our little holiday was … well there’s only one word for it – wet. The trip up the M6 was terrible, at some points we could hardly see 100 meters infront, with the backs of lorries and cars seemingly appearing out of nowhere. Anyway, thankfully we arrived in the Lakedistrict safe and sound. Braving the weather we ventured into Ambleside for some lunch and a bit much needed of retail therapy.
I decided that this house, perched on a bridge (or is it the bridge?), would be my future home. It’s a shame it’s owned by the National Trust.
Still tipping it down, the waterfalls where in their element.
Although, the next day they may have flooded, as many places did after recieving a months worth of rain in 24hrs.
Some interesting fungi found as we wondered up to try and find the waterfalls, however, it didn’t take long until we gave up as we were getting soaked through and instead decided to make our way to the B&B.
Our compact and cosy room.
Saturday morning we had to go the long way round Bassenthwaite lake since the top road had been flooded. However, we didn’t realise that the alternative route was flooded as well.
Water was running off the hills onto the roads.
Cars swimming through the road-turned-stream.
It was great to see some of the livestock there as well as their wool.
Although, I can’t remember their breeds now.
Cute little lambs peering inquisitively at all the strange people.
I think these were gotland lambs but I could be wrong.
I absolutely love these long, curly coats.
Alpaca wool is so soft and beautiful.
Entertainment while we ate our sandwiches. Folk music? Tap dancing?
Whatever it was, it was traditional and the tunes very catchy.
Loved this coat, very clever and skillful with a variety of techniques.
Doesn’t skill like this make you jealous?
Project number one – learn to needle felt in 3D
After we’d spent up at the Woolfest we drove to Thornthwaite Gallery: http://www.thornthwaitegalleries.co.uk/ for a well deserved cup of tea and slice of cake. Then back to the B&B to start designing and planning all the new projects.
The rather cloudy view from the B&B.
The Lakedistrict never fails to be beautiful even in the cloud and rain.
Having never been to the Woolfest before I wasn’t sure what to expect but knew I wanted a fleece. My mother had been on a course where she learned how to felt a sheeps fleece to make a rug, and I wanted to do one for my room. After wading through the muddy car park I felt like flitting from one stall to the next, but restrained myself. We chose our fleeces, mine a dark Jacob and Mums a blue-faced leicester and dropped them off in the wool creche before making our way up and down the aisles.
Now, along with all the half-finished projects at home, I’ve added to the list. If ever you want some crafty/arty inspiration go along to the Woolfest in the Lakedistrict. Wish me luck with completing my new projects!