Most of my natural dyed felted vessels are quite small , about 5cm in diameter and only weigh about 10 grams, as such they are so light they are likely to be blown over unless fastened down in some way. I have thought about how to make a base in keeping with the natural nature of the pieces for quite a long time , and eventually decided to give small pieces of weathered slate a try. Small pieces of slate are readily available in the spoil heaps from old slate mines. I like the idea that the wool , the dye and the base were all originating in the countryside.
But how to attached the two together ? Here is the solution.
Not my normal felting equipment but very well used for other things as you can see by its battered case. I needed a small training course before I could use it !
First a tried one hole but the vessel seemed too wobbly to me , so I nervously drilled a second hole close to the first. Nervously because I thought the piece of slate would shatter. I need not have worried it seems incredibly strong.
I packed the holes with some felt as the edges were quite sharp and then simply stitched the vessels to their new plinths.
I am very pleased with the results.
My two onion dyed vessels.