Wet Felted Green Bowl approximately 6×6 inches
Here is the second bowl I made on the August Bank Holiday Monday. This bowl is slightly thicker and feels sturdier than the Purple Bowl I made earlier in the day. I had ordered some mixed Scandinavian wool batts from a different supplier than the one I normally use as they also carried the box of sari silk fibers that I wanted. Also, the batts are in 100g units which means that if you don’t like it…. There are really only two major wool suppliers in the UK that offer wool at a reasonable rate. Then there are the smaller suppliers if you want something different. I like to shop around.
I started off with the new batt as my inside layer. I am of two minds of this wool. The color is great, and the texture is fine for what I need, but there is a huge amount of vegetable matter in the batt. Fortunately, as the batt is for the inside color, it really doesn’t matter. Because of all of the VM, I used a variegated Corriedale on top of that as I was going to do the bowl within bowl thing again and that is what was going to stick out. I then used some more Corriedale in light green and an ice blue. The Corriedale in these colors has a long staple like Merino, so when I first got it to needle felt with I was really disappointed as I love the colors. The texture is not great for needle felting, but is excellent for wet felting. It is also cheaper than Merino, so bonus!
As with the purple bowl, I used some green sari silk, threads, ribbon, yarn and curls. This was all held down by a very thin layer of the light green Corriedale. The yellow/green matches the light green for the layer underneath in the variegated wool. See how I thought about that? The cool thing that happened is that when the wool shrunk, the green ribbon poked out.
I need to cut or tuck in one of the loose pieces of ribbon, but otherwise I really like this happy accident. I’ve got some beads for bling and then it’s done. Here is another look from a different angle.