Those of you who know me know my background was in textiles originally, my interests evolved into other areas of art and craft. I suppose to satisfy the ‘I wonder what would happen if’ part of my creative process.
For some reason I had an urge to go back and play with fibres recently, maybe because I just touched on felting but never explored it fully, or maybe it’s because I’m exploring clay just now. I know it may be difficult for you to see the connection between clay and textiles but I have had a vision for some time to use textiles and ceramics together in my work.
I decided that I wanted to make something fine and cobwebby, maybe nuno felting using silk. There is such a lot of information on Youtube about felting, including nuno felting, have a look at these lessons numbered 1 to 7.
So I collected my wooltops, bubble wrap, polyester fabric and some towels and set to work felting, I decided to try something without the silk, I was willing to risk holes as I thought I could work with them.
I rolled and rolled, and turned and rolled, and to my amazement my piece of felted fabric emerged. Then it was washed , dried, and blocked into shape.
Some places are quite thin but I’m thinking of adding some embroidery, I have some beautiful silk and bouclé yarns, or maybe some machine embroidery with dissolveable fabric to hold it together until I have a framework of stitching.
I also thought about the porcelain flowers I’ve been making , they would look beautiful stitched into a fine piece of felt, with some beads or metallic threads to catch the light.
This was a fun thing to do an a refreshing change, it sparked off a lot of ideas. i don’t think it’s a bad first attempt , what do you think?
I’ve added a couple of fibre artists to my bloggers list