Gallery of projects from Felt magazine, Vintage Made magazine, Yarn magazine, Embellish magazine and Textile Fibre Forum magazine. This gallery will showcase readers remakes of ArtWear projects and designs.
I am relatively new to felting and have attended some workshops. So many different aspects to felting. I am enjoying this new medium I attended a workshop with Nancy Ballesteros in the Grampians this year. She demonstrated silk paper and I was fascinated. We didn't have time to explore further so I decided that with this challenge I would try it out. I used dyed tussah silk and silk hankies then cut, folded and manipulated the paper onto fine merino squares.
I used black and white prefelts cut into squares. I wanted to weave them and have a continuous black path through all 9 while at the same time gradually building up the black by adding one more black line each time either vertically or horizontally, sometimes a little more. I think it worked except maybe for the last one but by then my mind was so confused I didn’t do it again! Is that enough? I certainly found it challenging.
Here is an attempt at the 9 Square challenge - the finished squares are not really exciting but it was definitely a worthwhile exercise. I wanted to experiment with pieces of silk and a few fibres (crossbred fleece, fine Merino and Camel) so I didn't procrastinate about the colours. The silk/fine Merino combination felted well but other squares were more visually pleasing. A faint smell of eucalyptus unexpectedly emerged from some of the squares which had natural-dyed fleece.
My 9 squares explore the ideas of line, vertical, horizontal and random; materials, merino rovings, knitting yarn and tissue silk; and technique, hand felt, nuno felt, knitting and crochet – set against a background colour palette of shades of green and blue plus white. And thank you and the magazine for putting on the challenge - got me back into making felt after many months of idleness.
The interaction of various fibres mixtures gave rise to this project. Each square is a different combination of wool, wool yarn, wool pencil roving, silk, alpaca and silk fabric. I noticed that wool fibre melds with alpaca but alpaca fibres are drawn through the silk fibre and the silk loses some of its sheen. It turned out to be very worthwhile as a future reference.
I want to make a felted jacket using black merino fibre layers) with an all over white design. Whether to risk using synthetics or natural fibres for the design is my dilemma so the 9 square challenge helped solve that issue. Naturals won hands down.
Needle felting embellished with: 1. Finn & viscose on alpaca 2. Alpaca embellishment on wool 3. Flowers 4. Chasmanthe bulb sheath felted in by single needle felting 5. Wool/alpaca base encased in matawa silk hankie 6. Alpaca 7. Silk threads 8. Tea bag paper 9. Thin merino over mohair curls.
I decided to go back to basics and use just black and white. This freed my mind from thinking about tying them together with a theme as that was already established. I then began to explore texture, pattern and design using whatever I had to hand. I had some wool yarn scraps picked up from Bendigo which I knitted up with my own unique lace work (very unique!).
An experiment with eight pieces of silk thread. I was playing with how many ways could the threads be arranged in a geometric form. Pairs of thread were taboo, the colour felt and the thread to remain the same. This experiment was with an eye to incorporating these pre-felts into a future piece.
Blocks laid out on a base of cotton scrim overlaid with merino (two colours) and scattered with fine muslin pieces for texture and some curly roving drizzled over the merino. This was more about the materials. I was interested to see how the cotton felted in.
I have an upcoming exhibition titled “Wanderings”. I created nine rectangular felted pieces based on my Cooper Creek photos, experimenting with colours, shapes and textures to achieve a finished artwork 600x300 incorporating six of the samples. I then chose 8 and 9 to make larger pieces for the exhibition.
My challenge was to represent the circle in felt as surface decoration in 9 different techniques in 2D and 3D forms using a limited palette of black, white for maximum contrast and touches of red. I have used resists in various ways incorporating silks and bamboo fibre as well as exploring the characteristics of BFL and merino wool.
My challenge used a printed scarf, the geometric patterns appealed and I have reinterpret them in a different way. Changing the placement, alternating the materials and limiting colour, and by giving line, design and placement of pieces more emphasis. I used little or no texture to let the patterns speak.
My challenge was to use multi-coloured merino fleece, Silky Chiffon fabric and yarn crocheted chains. The samples use the merino fleece and chiffon with varying toppings of crocheted motifs and fleece. The samples are required to be interesting on both the front and the back to produce a reversible fabric
My challenge was trying out new wool colours, using pre felts combined with silk fabric, silk fibre and yarn. I made a big piece to pre felt stage and used a cardboard window to select areas to cut into nine squares
Autumn Colour Shape Texture Using yellow, orange and cream silk slivers, silk thread, cotton gauze, blended wool slivers and pre-felt on a base layer of brown Melanian wool blended with fawn and butterscotch wool rovings to discover how they would felt to give an impression of autumn.