Well our week with Pam De Groot certainly flew by!
We had full classes of enthusiastic women that got to play with colour and fibre and what could make you happier than that!!
The first day we made pre-felt using natural white merino and silk. The next day we got to play with all the different ways we could come up with to do resist dying on the fabric.
It was fascinating watching how the colours would change, blend and bleed to different colours from the points were there was pressure clamped onto the fabric.
We had all raided the hardware stores for everything from pvc pipes, clamps, screws and scraps of wood to create our designs. Even a few wine bottles were put to good use.
The results were varied and even the colours were different from fabric to fabric. It depended on how long they stayed in the pot to how much dye had been already absorbed by the first fabric pieces to go into the pot. There was no disappointment just lots of ooohs and aaahs as we opened up and laid out the fabric to dry.
We all kept an eye on each other’s discoveries and borrowed ideas and dye pots to try to get similar colours that we liked. Each piece of fabric was like a snowflake and very unique.
The next part of the creation of our garments was the hard part. Now began the planning of where each piece would lay in the design of the tunic. It was like creating a large puzzle of colours and shapes but without a wasting a scrap!
Cutting into the beautiful fabric was a bit scary since once you cut you were offically commited to what you were doing. At least when it comes to felting you can save every scrap to be used another time in another garment.
There was also a bit of bartering going on between some of the ladies. A few bits of fabric that didn’t work for one person but worked for someone else were happily exchanged.
Most of the ladies didn’t finish fully felting their tunics but we did get a few photos and I’ll add more as I get photos sent to me.