Shelley Rhodes U.K.
My Further Development walk with Shelley's workshop was to wander among my Bearded Iris and Lavenders.
This strip, using various scraps of magazine papers, with gesso, coloured pencils, ink and fragmented into 2.5" x 3" pieces.
These were then placed into a concertina book.
The front cover made using a piece of gell printed paper with a small photo of my iris.
Jeanette Appleton U.K.
"A Stitched and Felted Fabric Sample"
Jeanette said " In this workshop you'll transform hand stitched transparent cloth by adding wool tops and then wet felting the layers. By the end of the workshop you'll have created a stitched and felted sample".
The requirements asked for silk chiffon and merino wool roving or tops. I had neither of these so made do, as I do, with what I had. I found some bits of felting wool in a box from many years ago. (turquoise, green and yellow)
I enquired about purchasing a piece of silk chiffon in 3 different colours, unfortunately the shop's minimum cut was 1 metre and would take 2 weeks to arrive. So...scrounging through the little stash I have, found a piece of sheer organza, fine tulle with a few tiny scraps of offcuts from an op shop scarf.
Also buying wool roving was also going to take several weeks to arrive.
These were not successful as the fabrics did not shrink and matt to the fibres. I decided to undo the stitching and pull the felting from the back and re do.
My second piece was no better using some of the scraps with the organza.
An exercise was to find a fashion photo and dress the model.
A different look!!
A bit more scrounging in a drawer, some scraps of felt in shades of brown/oranges.
Tucked away was a piece of cheesecloth and a shower towel from a hotel in Japan. My 3rd attempt didn't really do much better though it was interesting in the final piece. I preferred the reverse felted rather than the fabric side. I also found using a rolling pin was helping my back to matt the fibres.
Stitching on the fabrics for the base layer.
After several hours of rolling, not very successful.
I quite like the bubble wrap indentations which disappeared once dry.
Next we were to add stitching to a piece. I only had cheesecloth left in my stash. My neighbour is a spinner/weaver and she sold me a bag of tops that she thought would be ok..
I was surprised that my pieces of old cheap coloured felt tops adhered better than these to the backing fabric.
I am not sure what I will use the felted pieces for, perhaps put into another book or make into cards.
I enjoyed the process, would I do more....perhaps not. It is great to learn new crafting ideas.