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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A weekend of Culture

I got to see The killers at the weekend up in Newcastle, and as if that wasn't exciting enough, Mike and I were at the very front, right against the barrier, Dave Keuning and Brandon Flowers were about 2 meters away! I could have kicked myself because I told Mike not to bring the camera as we never get decent shots at gigs (hadn't expected to be at the front). They were fantastic, one of the best gigs I've been to in a long while, the support band were good as well, Louis XIV.

The children were staying at their grandparents so we made a weekend of it. We visited the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and saw Yoko Ono's exhibition. Some of her piece I liked but not all, some of it seemed a bit contrived. We also visited the city art gallery and the castle, which was right next to our hotel.

On the way home we stopped off at the Angel of the North, it's the most amazing sculpture that towers above the A1 ( the main road up into the north of England).

Monday, March 02, 2009


I have just started another blog, in which I hope to explore textile artists from all corners of the globe. This is not just about felting, I will be blogging about designers who work with a variety of mediums within textiles. Please pop over and take a peek at fibrecrafts.blogspot.com.