Felting in the garden

It has been the most beautiful weather this week in the Netherlands .  So I decided to do some felting in the garden .  I always feel freer to use loads of water in the garden where I don’t have to worry about mopping up , I also use the hose to rewet my pieces which is really quick and feel that the slats on my wooden garden table help the process.

Outside with my neighbours apples tree in full bloom and the sun shining it’s hard not to be inspired.

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I am making a series of vessels to naturally dye.   I decided to have a go at making three at once.  One Polwarth , silk and merino , one Blue Faced Leicester and one LLewyn and merino.

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The LLewyn had been in my stash since a Woolfest a number of years ago.    It proved to be the problem child of my trio.  It’s short fibres had made it hard to lay our evenly and that made it subject to  forming holes.  It also required lots more water,  soap and rolling than the others to felt.

I thought about giving up but persisted.  I should not of bothered as I am left with a holey piece of felt , which I think is a hopeless case.  Maybe some creative stitching , arty darning ?  , but no somehow I think it would look just a bodge.

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My other two working well and after some stitching will be ready for the dye pot later this week.

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