Taking my time 

I am coming to realize that it can take me a very long time to finished a felted piece.  In July 2015  I made a piece based on some photographs I had taken in 2014.  The inspiration was wet lichen covered rocks. 

  
Then I looked at this felted piece and thought what on earth will I do with this now ! For those of you who read this blog , might remember I eventually cut it up.  A radical move , but I still could not finish it ! I loved the dark brown Masham surround and wanted to find away to bring it all together. 

  

So I took it to a master class with  Artybird and asked ,” what shall I do now”. Various suggestions were made mostly involving bringing it together as a piece.  I thought about this , alongside the original inspiration  for the piece and suddenly I could see a way forward.  Organic stitching across the whole piece, along with the addition of some more fabric. 

So here is the piece being transformed .  

Some stitching and pinning.  And here it is , ready for framing.  It’s only taken me about 18 months to get to this stage!!!!!!! 

Stocking up 

Over the last few months I have been foraging and collecting and stocking up on materials I can use for dyeing in the future.  Whilst walking I have been picking up lichen that has been washed off the trees by the rain and now have a small collection of two varieties.  I have still to research what colours these will yield.

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I found some fallen down tree branches and collected some silver birch bark .  I am hoping this will give a beautiful pink colours.

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Both in the UK and in the Netherlands , I have found is very easy to collect alder cones especially after all the heavy rain we have been having.  These can be used as a mordant , or a dye.  Only a few months ago I don’t think I really knew what these were. !

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I harvested some young bracken shoots and some dock leaves , which I have dried.  They don’t look very inspiring any more but hopefully will give green and browns.

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I have really enjoyed slowly collecting these materials and I am planning to collect berries and fruits in the next few months. Lots of dyeing to look forward to 🙂