Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Experimenting with nuno felt

We just had our last weekend of the City and Guilds course, which I'm really going to miss. I've learnt lots of new techniques and have been constantly inspired. I'm also going to miss the social aspect, it's so nice to felt amongst others when you are so used to working on your own at home. But, I'm hoping to do part three next year so that's something to look forward to.

Here are my two final pieces, the cape is not finished yet, but I'm really pleased with the shape, it took the whole weekend to get that far, I don't think I've ever felted anything so hard in my life! At one point I looked like something out of dynasty so the shoulders took a lot of work, now it's a perfect fit. The skirt is nuno felted merino (cobweb) and cotton scrim. I love the textures. I've been experimenting with this blend of wool and nuno, I made a small piece to make into a cuff, but it didn't get completed, so last night I chopped it up and made it into these buttons. Now I can't decide whether to make them into brooches, pendants or just keep them as buttons. Your thoughts would be very much appreciated.

17 comments:

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

I adore the skirt. Really lovely.

Crafty Cripple said...

The buttons are so beautiful that it would be a shame if they got swamped by anything other than a very simple and plain garment. If you had such a garment I would use them as buttons, if you didn't I would be very tempted to make them into jewellery as they deserve to be the focus of all attention.

Shalana, the funky felter said...

Love the skirt! You should model the skirt and cape together some time when it is all finished :O)

Julia said...

What beautiful work! I think the buttons should be jewelry so you can wear them on lots of different things. So pretty!

MyTreasures /http://www.1000markets.com/users/keepsaketreasures said...

I have just started to try out felting. My husband bought me a Janome needle punch machine. Not quite sure what to do with it yet. I enjoy seeing your work. thanks for sharing with use. You are amazing!

Kerrie said...

That skirt is breathtaking!

olivia said...

Very beautiful work!!!

driftwood said...

just lovely Beth, the colour of the cape is gorgeous. love the simplicity of the buttons, but might be nice to have them as a brooch - try making just one into a brooch perhaps so we can see xx

GIfelt said...

Very beatiful nuno felt.
Ciao
Giulia

Clare W said...

What an amazing skirt. I am truly inspired. I love the "bottons".

Anonymous said...

Wonderful skirt, and such pretty buttons! I'd make the buttons into jewellery. I agree with Crafty Cripple and Julie. They are beautiful! Your felting goodness never ceases to make me go WOW!

Anna x

Heather said...

gasp! I just found your blog...so excited!! LOVE your things can't wait to check out your etsy shop!!!!

Lion said...

They are all really lovely, the buttons would look great on a special item of clothing.

If you don't mind me asking, where did you do your City+Guilds? I've been looking for this course for ages but no one seems to run it.

urban craft said...

really amazing work!

Apple Blossom Designs said...

I am so inspired by what I saw posted on your site. Beautiful and colorful are your designs. How charming of a person you must be, it shows throughout your work!

Daniela Cerri said...

Very, very, Wonderful!!!

Daniela Cerri said...

YOU ARE A BIG ARTIST!!!