I didn’t have as long at the felting group this time because I had to nip into Inverness first, so I took along some fibre for a project that wasn’t on my YOP list, but has been waiting almost 25 years for me to do it!
In June 1995 my mum and I went on a silk painting course at Westhope College. I think it was for my 23rd birthday present. Anyhoo, one of the things I made was this painting of autumn leaves.
This has sat in a drawer and moved house with me 6 times and been waiting for me to do something with it! So, I made a felt backing for it to make a cushion. I will iron on some interface behind the silk to firm it a little and then, when the felt is dry and ironed I will sew it into a cushion. This is just the back of the cushion, so its hints of leaf shapes, rather than accurate leaves…I mean who is even going to see the back?
Well I have been back and forth with Elda and my goodness this yarn is coping amazingly well at being ripped out. The sleeve was too tight so I ripped it out, then I got half way through the braid/slipped stitch edging and it was puckering so I ripped it out to start it again but picking up more stitches. I have some extra yarn (about half a skein) from Helen at Ripplescrafts, she was so generous to give it to me for free. The colour isn’t exactly the same tone, but I think if I use it on the braid section then it will be part of the design feature of it and not matter so much. Then I will split the remaining original colour yarn and do the sleeves as long as possible with that yarn until it runs out. No photo, as with all the ripping out I have actually less progress than last week!
Spinning and Weaving
Not much change since last week, so no pictures.
I bought from Helen a small gradient pack to weave a scarf. Helen had made one with one of the blue packs and that can be seen on her Instagram. I managed to resist the purple pack and went for grey, Peat and Rocks. I also bought a skein on sock yarn from her in lovely blue shades. Check out me, breaking away from my pink and purple obsession!!
I did do some dyeing this week, testing what the unmixed colours look like and then made some random purples mixing the blue and red toned dye mixes.