Sunday, 9 November 2014

It's Official!

My City and Guilds certificate arrived yesterday, I heard that I would pass in October but did not want to tempt fate by telling people until the certificate had safely arrived. Silly I know, but I am strangely superstitious like that. It has finally arrived, and to my surprise is actually 2 certificates...

To celebrate I started making myself a nunofelt dress, it's not quite going to plan but I think it is still salvageable with a bit of dressmaking. My biggest learning so far is that the "holes" (i.e. around the neck line and arm holes) in the template should not be increased by 50% along with the rest of the garment.... more on that next time.

Here are couple of other pieces I have been working on this week:

It may not be that easy to see from this photo but I have used resists to create flower patterns peeking through the green, I plan to add some embroidery to the centres of each flower.

This piece has been sat on my table for a few weeks now and I still can't decide where to go with it, should I just leave it as it is? The yellow and pink patterns are rather nice but not as striking all the way round as they are in the photo below. I could add some embroidery but am concerned it might just detract from the dye pattern. Another idea I had was to cut holes about a 1/4 of the way down and add a drawstring to make into a bag rather than a pot. It stands about 30 cm (12") tall. What do think? What would you do?

I also made a couple of coin / key purses to match the 2 bags I made recently, both will have a zipper on the back and the loop at the top allows for a key hoop to be attached.

This is another coin purse, but using the flower resist technique again, the zip will sit across the top where you see the line of orange. I plan to add some embroidery to the centre of the flower on this one too.

Hope you are have a creative week too... :)


  1. Congratulations Teri! Now you are a qualified feltmaker!
    Can't wait to see your dress!

  2. Great news on the certificates! In regards to the yellow pink vessel, it looks like it would be a nice bag. If I was going to add any hand embroidery I would use a thread with dark value to give more contrast. I think that maybe that's why you think it needs more because all the values are nearly the same.

    1. thanks Ruth - I hadn't really considered the pink vessel in terms of value contrast but I think you are right....

  3. Congratulations on the certificate! I love the green pod and can't wait to see the embroidered details. If you don't want to lose the dye pattern on the pink one perhaps you could outline the shapes with a darker thread as Ruth suggests. Good luck with the dress!

  4. Thanks Marilyn, the green flower pod is my favourite out of this batch too, I think it is really quite funky

  5. Congrats on your achievement for the City & Guilds! That’s quite an accomplishment. I’m with Ruth on turning the pink vessel into a bag.
    Luvswool (Felting & Fiber Forum)