Monday, 28 September 2015

Challenge Cheat

This quarter's challenge from the felting and fibre studio was to dye or blend our colours to match samples from a colour pallet generator. I only had an afternoon this weekend for felting so decided to bend the rules a little. I found a photo I liked in Pinterest and plugged it into a colour pallet generator with this result:

Instead of blending / dyeing my own colours, I rummaged through my wool stash for the closest colours I could find to pallet of colours above:

I decided to make something small, a phone case for an iphone I haven't even bought yet. I know, I'm a little bit mad but when I get an idea in my head I rarely have the patience to be sensible.

Keeping to the flower theme of the original photo, I created a resist based on phone dimensions I found on the web and started laying out my wools and found some scarlet cotton in my scrap bag along with some pieces of hand-dyed prefelt that I thought would work well with this colour pallet (another deviation from the challenge brief).

This is the nearly finished case, I just need to trim the pocket where the phone will sit, but I will wait for the phone to arrive before I do that final step, even I'm not that brave/stupid/reckless (delete as appropriate).

Here it is drying (front and back):

I'm already thinking about adding some machine embroidery to the front flap....

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Weyfest 2015

I have taken few weeks off from blogging and almost all social media over the last few weeks for a much needed break. I have still been felting, including finishing the rainbow wall hanging I started in August.

I like how the rainbow colours are subtly coming through the grey and brown background.

And I started a new hat, using some of the lovely BFL locks I bought at woolfest:

I didn't even get a chance to photograph it before it sold, literally the first person to see it fell in love with it, here she is sporting her new head-gear at Weyfest, one of our local music festivals:

Her blond hair complements the locks on the hat wonderfully.

We (West Surrey Spinners Weavers and Dyers) received a lot of interest from the fabulous gothic morris dancers that have attended for at least the last few years. I taught one of them to use a drop spindle (she was a natural) and they even treated us to several dances right in front of our pitch.

You can see some of my hats in the lower left corner of the bottom of the picture, most of which sold, I really couldn't have asked for a better or more exhausting day. I can't wait for Weyfest 2016!