Boring but ……

Over the last few months I have made quite a number of wet felted small vessels.  These vessels have been made out of different white fibers and then dyed.  At the time I made them I knew exactly what I had done ,  but coming back to them a few weeks later and I began to get seriously muddled up .  I was no longer sure which was the nettled dyed BFL , or the nettled dyed Polwarth (   Thanks to Teri Berry for these fibers they are great)

Time to take control and keep on track before I was totally confused. Better  admin was an urgent necessity? So I gave each vessel a reference number and a small label with the critical information.

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And I started I vessel register on a spreadsheet.  This feels a bit like work   But I know that the key to being able to reproduce these vessels in the future,  is to know for sure what is the fibre , and the shape and the dyeing conditions .  A lot of information , but put together with the  label and a photo of the vessel , I think they will be records that will serve me well in the future.

Here is 2015/ 13  sporting a small slate pedestal , a necklace of lace and dyed with onion.

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Followed by 2015/2 from March , also dyed with onion , but made with pale grey Shetland , so a completely different effect.

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Collecting all this information together has been boring in some ways , but I think its enabling in others.

 

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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