Friday, May 6, 2011

Felting, Dyeing, Spinning,...OH MY!

What a day! Kelly (shown below with her new works of art) spent the day with me, felting, dyeing, eating, talking, laughing, and learning form each other.

I'd started the llama pod for an upcoming class that I'll be facilitating in Cedar Grove, WI the end of the month. I needed to make a couple of samples because the class will be using raw llama fibers. I'm accustom to raw wool, but llama does felt differently and I needed to practice. The llama felted bird pod is the finished results and will be sent off to Wisconsin Sunday. The birds were checking it out already this morning. I am concerned because the llama is such a soft felt even when felted hard. It is also not as water resistant as wool is. I may have to put a water resistant stiffener on the outside of the pod. Any thoughts on that? Got ideas?

I made this wrap this week and then decided to over dye it in hot fuchsia and purple. Love how the colors melded and played with each other. I was going to keep it for myself, but Kelly purchased it. She wears it well.

Kelly asked for private felting classes and this is the results of her wonderful labors. Love what she did.

Jone stopped by for a quick spinning lesson. I think she'll produce the lovely lumpy, bumpy yarns that she so wants to add to her incredible felts. She took my wheel home with her to practice. She is going to love spinning her own funky yarns.

Have to get ready for dinner plans and my mom arriving in town for an extended stay. It will be so good to have her here.

Happy felting and Shalom,


WonderWhyGal said...

ooooh, I love the llama pod! Geez, I wish I could give you a suggestion about the water resistancy.

It's beautiful and I wish I could take your class in Wisconsin learning this technique. All of your pods that you have shared here and on FB are gorgeous.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

LOVELY POD and all the rest of the felt in this post! PVA glue (white craft glue) or wood floor varnish should give you the waterproof coating you want although it will make the felt feel harder to the touch. I did blog about experimenting with stiffeners during theh winter so here is a link you might find helpful!!! Good luck! X

Hooked On Felt said...

Thanks so much Andrea!
If you want to take the class, you're welcome to set up an appointment with me anytime. I do a lot of private classes. You would love it!

Hooked On Felt said...

Hi Nicola,
Thanks for your response on my blog post:
I really appreciate it. I've used most of these stiffeners on wool, but I am wondering if you've used them on llama or alpaca. I am going to try it on the current bird pod I've finished. ( I use floor was or water based polyurethane) and I'll try to remember to let you know how it works out. Llama and alpaca are so different from our beloved water resistant wool.
Maybe get to see you soon?


That's realy a very nice one!!