In 2008 when I moved to Rotterdam I joined the local Stitch and Bitch group of knitters. There I found lots of knitting friends and I also found felters, weavers and spinners. I am not sure exactly when it was but I remember being giving the options of learning to spin or to felt. I chose felting. Looking back that was a pretty momentous decision. The lady that taught me to felt , Els , has become a really wonderful friend. In a few weeks I will leave the Netherlands and move back to the UK , although I am really looking forward to this move, there are things I will miss and seeing Els on a regular basis is one of them.
As my move approached I felt (no pun intended) that I should give Els a piece of felt as a thankyou for changing my life in so many ways. I then discovered that Els , translated into English from Dutch was alder . Fantastic. Alder cones are a wonderful natural dye . So I have made Els her own piece of felt dyed with Els , with lots of love and many many thanks.
Here it is after felting, Blue faced Leicester in two natural shades plus loads of silk and cotton fibres , both felted in and machine and hand stitched.
And after dyeing