In Downtown Buford, at the Tannery Row Artist Colony, the Gallery where two of my paintings are currently hanging, they offer a gathering each week called Thursday Things where artists and various others share their knowledge and expertise just for the fun of it! I've attended several lately and wanted to share what I made last week (in a simple tutorial).
When I walked in, I was surprised to see a table full of wool, fresh, right off the sheep's back! We were going to learn Hands on Felting taught by Mavis Stevens, a Fiber Artist.
The off white color was the fresh unwashed wool and the colored wool, which was clean and dyed, came from Hobby Lobby. We first began with the fresh wool. We were all told to grab a clump, but honestly, I was hesitant to touch it as my germaphobia kicked in. But since I needed my hands to begin the process, I gave in and just tried to enjoy the lanolin that began to envelope my hands as I manipulated the wool.
I did run across a thorn that was in my fresh wool clump. Ouch! I don't know if that hurt more than the sharp felting needle I kept poking myself with. We used needles with "spurs" to hand felt our wool. Poke, poke, poke, that's what we did over and over again before we added the colored wool. And then more poking. So far, I don't know if I have the patience to hand felt wool...it took forever! I did learn that they make machines to do this. Hmm, seems so much quicker and easier...if I were to become a master felter that is! But probably not :)
Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but I cheated, after I gave mine a good bath at home, I threw it in the dryer to finish felting the wool. Mavis said if we "shocked" the wool with heat it would do the same thing. Yes! I like that method.
As you can see, I sewed in some bling to my wool creation....just a touch as not to take away from the pretty colors of the wool.
Then I created a brooch by adding a pin on the back.
something I always wondered about...
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