I am all about the procrastination… anyone else the same? I’ve been procrastinating writing about my finished needle felting because the pictures weren’t adequate. Have I taken new pictures? Not yet, but now I’m procrastinating on a different matter, so I’m writing about needle felting.
My last post was about a day of wet/Nuno felting. I did one test strip, two larger pieces, and worked on a sample I had previously needle felted. The one piece that I have completed from that day was for the annual art show at my office. Although the piece has sold, I’m hoping to take it out for an artsy photo shoot before it goes to its new home.
On that note, here is a question for fibre artists – what sort of tricks do you have to photograph your work? I have been having a lot of trouble getting a true colour image, as well as an image that has any sort of depth. I have tried photographing at different times of day, with direct and indirect sunlight, as well as in fluorescent lighting.
Here is the progression of “Chimerical”:
And here is the final (non-artsy) picture:
I have added some new dates for workshops on my classes page – pumpkin making is coming up later this month. Call the Beehive Wool Shop to sign up.
Beautiful weather… low wind… a long weekend – definitely time to set up a table outside and start wet/Nuno felting.
Wet felting set-up
I haven’t done a lot of wet or Nuno felting, so I started off with a small practice piece – I wanted to check how some of the different types and colours of roving felted and blended. I re-read a lot of instructions, took from them what I wished and ignored the rest, so that I could see what would happen working a different way.
I was trying to achieve a cobweb type of fabric, so I was working with fairly thin bits of roving. This piece was not on a silk chiffon base – it was only roving.
Once I finished placing the roving, the “fun” began… time to wet the roving, roll it up, then roll and roll until my arms and back hurt.
Bundle to roll
Here is how it turned out – see if you can find the fabric – it matches its background.
I also started a new project for the annual art show at my office, but that is a post for another day. 😀
… so this may be a rather rambling post. I’m coming to the end of a very relaxing week of vacation, and I’m feeling well-rested and content.
I’ve spent some time this week looking through books on jewellery making and getting excited about going back to the basics – I’ve gotten quite lazy with aspects of jewellery making – I don’t remember the last time I set a stone, and I have some gorgeous stones waiting to become part of a piece of jewellery. A few ideas have already been sketched out… Yay! We also took some photos of my jewellery on the beach and other locales. Once the pictures get edited (gack!) I’ll be posting them.
We spent some time at Qualicum Beach and visited a wonderful shop called Let’s Knit! I found some fabulous roving there – hand-dyed and a very different texture from what I already own.
Happy new roving
Although I had brought a healthy selection of roving to work with, I thought I should start with the local stuff. This is the beginning of an experiment…
I’m working on silk chiffon and plan to wet felt it (Nuno felting), but rather than place loose bits of roving on the chiffon and wet felt it right away (hoping desperately for a non-windy day or the roving tends to fly), I needle felted it first, and have let the needles ruche the fabric. When I get home I will wet felt it and then start working into it properly. I look forward to seeing what it becomes, texture and image-wise! I consider this just the primer… many more layers to follow!