Last Saturday, February 19th, I gave a two hour demonstration at Artworks! in New Bedford, MA. This was part of the juried exhibition of the Massachusetts & Rhode Island Surface Design Association members, that I curated. Two of my felt pieces were juried into the show, so I wanted to educate the public on the process that I use to create my art work, with this one having a "nest" theme. I had a captive audience who asked a lot of great questions, as I showed the step by step process. I promised them that I would post the finished and dry felt, so here it is, everyone! It is not complete yet!!! I still have a lot of hand stitching and embellishing to do to my nest and perhaps add an image of a bird in there. I will post when I have completed the piece.
I am laying out the first layers of wool
The wool is laid out, with yarns laid in for the nest
and is now ready to felt
Here is the final felted piece, which had about a 30%
Itajime shibori is the Japanese name for what we can simply call "fold and clamp". The cloth is folded and then part of it is clamped, on both sides of the fabric, with similar shapes of wood.
I found a nice set of wood shapes at Michaels Craft Store, ranging from round, to oval, to rectagular. They were made of 1/4 inch plywood - very sturdy for this process.
The following example of Itajime has been titled "Indigo Moons". I started with white cotton and prepared it using bomaki shibori. Then after one dip in the indigo vat, I let it oxidize and used my new round wood shapes to complete the itajime. After a second dip in indigo, I re-clamped it with a smaller round shape and dyed it one more time. I love the resulting patterns.