Playing with Nuno Felting

blueberry swirlEvery year there is a juried art show called Art In The County that is open to all artists living in Prince Edward County. I have entered a fibre art piece each year for, I think, 5 or 6 years now.

This is the piece I entered for the 2016 Art In The County and it actually won an Honourary Mention Award! This came as a complete surprise since usually the judges are painter, photographers, sculpters, graphic designer. They don’t usually have a whole lot of exposure to the Fibre Arts so to be recognized as my piece being a quality piece of art was wonderful!

Fibre Arts are sometimes a bit frowned on by people that admire high end art work. Fibre Arts are many times considered a craft and not an art form. This designation I have been working on breaking through for a decade now. I’m a knitter and a felter and so far the felting pieces get much more respect than the knitting, though in reality the knitting is way more complicated in many cases!

One of juror’s comments that was posted on the wall beside my piece was this:

“The technical ability of this work is remarkable. Silk and felt blend together in areas that are mesmerizing.” 

I have to say this made me feel really good that someone figured out how tricky it was to lay the wool the way I did and keep it from wiggling around while I felted it all!

Also I did sell the shawl at the show as well so I did an extra happy dance when that phone call came in!

IMG_8396 (200x300)IMG_8397 (200x300)I did have a free form knit & crochet shawl that was accepted in 2013 to Art In The County. This was a surprise to me since I thought for sure that one would be not accepted into a gallery of high end art. I always put my pieces on a lovely mannequin and let’s face it display can make a big difference in whether a piece looks high end or not. This shawl I got obsessed with finishing and since it is completely free form it was so hard to know when it was done! I was up until 3 am the night before the piece was to be taken in to be juried!

I did sell this piece to a lovely lady that looked spectacular in it and hopefully she still loves it as much today as when she walked out of the shop with it!

The Blueberry Swirl shawl shown above I tried something I have wanted to do for a while. I love swirls and curls and use them constantly in my art work and I wanted to do swirls on the edge but allowing the curls to have open areas around them. The tricky part was keeping the areas open that I wanted to stay open and not letting them get too big so that the shawl would not drape properly.

Felting is obviously a technique that shrinks wool and when you have a hole or opening as the wool shrinks it pulls away from the hole which then becomes larger. The other issue that occurs is all the tiny hairs from the wool that still sneak over top of the hole opening. Each hole has to be worked individually with fingers and your thumb rubbing around each holes edge to push all those fibres out of the way and clear and shape the hole properly.

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Each colour of wool was laid down individually and most of the openings between the colours I had to keep working separately to them open.

I want to keep working at creating negative space or openings around the wool. I have a couple of other ideas to help make this work closer to what I have rolling around in my brain.

Never a dull moment in working with wool!

Felter Extraordinaire Pam De Groot is Coming HERE!!!

I am so excited to announce that Pam De Groot is coming to Rosehaven Yarn Shop to teach a 4 day and a 2 day workshop on felting!

The 4 day workshop will be August 24th to 27th from 9-5 and the 2 day workshop will be August 28th to 29th from 9-5. After that Pam is winging her way to Vancouver!

10491212_852928628052497_8674838530394716852_nPam is going to teach us how to create a gorgeous mosaic garment in the 4 day workshop.

Here is Pam’s description of the class;

In this workshop we are creating a cloth from multiple dyed pre felts. It is method of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction to discover a cloth with interest and complexity. The garment pieces are linked to unify the cloth with each maker creating their own garment of unique beauty and interest.

We will learn how to make a template from our own body measurements and to allow for differing shrinkage rates. We will be dying our own pre felts using safe dyeing practices.

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The 2 day workshop will be focused on creating jewellery. Pam has told me that this class is one of the best for learning a large multitude of techniques that can be utilized when creating many other felted items. We will be working with roving, silk fibres, pre felts and lots of other different embellishments that can be added to wool. Learn the skills of felting on wire and sculpting wool to bend to your will!

524140_481562238522473_1284598392_nThe 4 day Mosaic Garment Workshop will be $475 with materials included (plus HST). There will be a lunch break so you can bring a lunch or visit one of the local cafes right around the corner for lunch. There are 12 spots available and we have a list already begun of interested people so don’t wait too long if you are interested before you call the shop to register.

 

 

DSC_0007 copyThe 2 day Jewellery Workshop will cost $275 with materials included (plus HST). There will be a lunch break so you can bring a lunch or visit one of the local cafes right around the corner for lunch. There are 12 spots available so register by calling the shop at 613-476-9092.

We will be hosting the workshops at Picton’s Salvation Army gymnasium and large kitchen so we will have lots of room and good lighting.