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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I just can't help myself!

More wet felting!
There's something about a new, creative discovery that just
makes me want to get up in the middle of the night and felt!
In the past few years I wake up, quite often during the night and can't get back
to sleep (must be my age!) so I lie there and dream up the
worlds greatest ideas....things to make, solutions to problems, what to make for dinner,
how I'm going to get to the Faroe Islands one day, etc...
The other night I thought about 'painting' with wool.
Making another pair of cuffs is a simple and fairly quick way to experiment.
In this instance I thought of  summer fields, of Monet, pink poppies, fluffy clouds
 and got to work on it the next day. I laid out the 'painting ever so gently...
The tufts of roving are light as a feather so any sudden movement or the slightest
bit of breeze will disrupt the pattern.
After felting I was quite pleased with how it turned out...
Still wet...
Look at the sun peaking through the fibers...
Did you know that each strand of wool has scales sort of like a fish?
When they are moistened and agitated the scales stick together.
(Just a bit of wool nerd information.)
After the cuffs were dry, I got out my jar of white buttons, all shapes and sizes,
a lot of them vintage Mother of Pearl and chose three, little different ones for each cuff...
 I added snaps for ease of getting them on and off. The buttons are purely decorative...
I believe it's off to the wool store again!!



Suz said...


Mairéad said...

You are so creative!
I can't help thinking that that these would also look great mounted and framed as little pictures.

farmlady said...

You are sooo hooked!!!
This is magic and that's the only word for it.
These cuffs are beautiful. Such a combination of you and the fleece.
Keep makin' the magic my friend.

Stone Angel said...

These are gorgeous - the buttons are a dear addition.Love the colors.