Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lichens and Moss

Lichens Moss, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

Here's the second of my felt pieces that uses my hand-dyed merino wool and dyed cheesecloth, which is laminated to the felt surface, during felting. I have added some hand stitching in the background to give it a rough, pebbly texture. To complete the piece, I will be doing some more hand stitching and loop embroidery to create some mossy areas.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Forest Floor" - in progress

Forest Floor, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

Here is one of my newest felt pieces, titled "Forest Floor". I dyed the merino roving in numerous Fall colors, using WashFast Acid Dyes. Then I laminated some silk organza that I dyed with MX dyes, in leaf shapes. I love the mark that handstitiching gives and there is nothing better to stitch on but felt! I've added the stems on each leaf, with plans to stitch skeletion like leaf shapes in the background, for more depth and to complete the composition.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Handspun Triinu Scarf

Triinu Scarf, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

I love knitting lace and when Nancy Bush's latest book, Knitted Lace of Estonia, was published, I immediately was drawn to the Triinu Scarf. I dyed some Cormo/Silk roving from Barb Parry of Foxfire Fibers and did a small test gauge of my yarn for the pattern. I love how it came out. Now I just need to find time to do both my spinning and felting!

Felt - Texture Study #3

03 14 09_1502, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

I love this sample, where a thin black and white cotton fabric was laminated to the black wool during felting. The surface is wonderful.

This week I will be posting two works in progress that will be part of the faculty exhibition at NEWS - New England Weavers Seminar, where I am teaching a Fundamentals of Dyeing workshop. Stay tuned to see some new felt.