Here is my latest vessel. I am starting a new contract, so I will only be able to felt on the weekends! It is approximately 6h x 7w inches.
I used the embellishing machine to make some fabric. I embellished different shades of pink and purple wool, with sari silk fibers and sari silk ribbon onto a piece of Merino Prefelt. The silk gives the fabric a nice sheen. I also added some Angelina fibers for a bit of sparkle. I then used the sewing machine to sort of make some round flower shapes. I have to admit that it was tough going without a backing fabric on the piece, but I wanted to use the fabric as an applique, as I did with the iris vessel. I lost the will to live with trying to sew the whole piece of fabric, which is a good thing as I have an idea for another bowl.
I decided to make the design on the inside of the bowl, which would ultimately become the outside. I thought that wouldn’t disturb the applique too much. In any event, some parts of the applique didn’t felt completely to the vessel, but as it is all a learning curve, that was ok. It may have had something to do with the stitching. The wool and silk felted nicely in any event. I embroidered a running stitch around each piece of applique and stitched a few beads on each piece too. I was going for an abstract flower design. The felt is nice and thick and I am happy with how sturdy it is.
On another note, I went my first meeting of the East Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers this weekend. They meet once a month on a Saturday. It was suggested I go by two people I met and I finally decided to do it. I have to say that there is a combined wealth of information to be had here. Although I don’t weave or spin, I am interested in dying and carding wool. I met some really lovely ladies. Although we are not supposed to bring work to sell, some people had bits of carded wool and books for sale. I restrained myself from purchasing anything other than dye. There was a guest speaker who talked about her life in dyeing and she had product for sale. There were some bargains to be had. If I had known about the dyeing class on Sunday, I would have booked that. Something to look forward to in the future. There is an exhibition at the end of the month over two days that I am looking forward to going to. It could be an opportunity to show my work one day. 🙂