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I love watching traditional felt being made so when I stumbled upon this beaut on youtube I wanted to share it. I thought I’d seen most of the Ray Mears stuff but don’t remember this:

200 sheep fleeces…cor blimey! Can you make all our felts good and strong please Tenge? Not quite so critical for those of us not actually living within our felt but nonetheless…

Now I want to read up on Mongolian history! Although I didn’t finish my anthropology degree I can’t stop being fascinated. Talking of degrees, did I say I’m off to study LD nursing this Autumn. Well I am, woohoo!

Isn’t it interesting how so many textile crafts (knitting, felting…) are/were traditionally made by men when they are now overwhelmingly dominated by women. I don’t believe what they say, equal rights can’t exist when (albeit among many many other issues) we’re still too sexist as a society to really think it normal for men to be doing these things as well.

I think I’ve been living up to the tagline of my blog with this post, I’ll stop rambling about whatever pops into my head!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the vid 🙂

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I haven’t posted for a while, but I have done some playing.

I did a couple of experimental pieces – one using silk cocoons and using wensleydale differently and one where I trapped small squares of fabric, yarn, beads and feathers (the feathers didn’t work at all!). But they are for a different post really as I haven’t photographed them yet.
So on to the point…

Flower necklace

Close Up

Necklace Without Flower

Flower Brooch

The first rope I made was too small to fit over my head if I made it continuous, so I left it as a single length. Then I made a continuous rope that was big enough. It looked a bit plain and I wanted to make use of my earlier mistake so I felted it onto the second rope. The effect this gave was lovely I think – 1/3 of it is 1 stranded and 2/3 is 2 stranded. It’s something I might not have thought of if I hadn’t made the error. Felt, how I love you!

Then I made some individual layers for my flower. I think the wool was corriedale. I got them to pre-felt stage but they looked a bit boring so I added some whisps of white merino to about half of them. Towards the end of the process I started trying to give them a bit of shape. I also made a merino ball to use in the center to tie in with the colour of the necklace.
Then I needle felted the layers together. I worked at this for quite a long time to ensure it was strong and to give the petals a bit more shape. I also needle felted in the ball to the centre.
Next came sewing on a pin to the back. I eventually got this right after first sewing the wrong side of the pin down, d’oh!

The result: Flower necklace with detachable corsage. I love it 🙂

My Mum’s down for the weekend visiting, hence lots of woolly activities going on – as I write this she’s sewing one of my felt flowers onto one of her knitted and felted bags!

Anyway one of her friends from the knitting group she goes to has written this funny list, so I’m putting it on here – thanks Cas!

Reasons for buying lots of wool:

1. It keeps the shelf/storage box warm

2. It is our duty to support British farmers

3. It is less expensive and more fun the psychiatric care

4. It is useful for filling up all those empty spaces where dust may otherwise gather

5. A sudden outbreak of foot and mouth might mean a reduction in fleeces available for wool production

6. I am participating in a contest – the one who dies with the biggest stash wins

7. Stress relief from dealing with the Stash Control Officer (SCO, otherwise known as DH or Dear Husband)

8. It is not immoral, illegal or fattening. It calms the nerves, gratifies the soul and makes you feel good

9. Buy it now before your husband retires and goes shopping with you

10. It keeps without refrigeration; you don’t have to cook it to enjoy it. You never have to feed it or walk it

11. A ball a day keeps the doctor away

12. YOU DESERVE IT!

It put a big smile on my face, hope it does for you too. Have a good night everyone 🙂

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NOW A TUTORIAL FOR FELT SLIPPERS HERE: https://fortheloveoffelt.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/wet-felted-slipper-tutorial/

I’ve spent all night (and my back) on my latest project – new slippers for me 🙂

They are made using dark purple merino tops and red and purple carded Finn. There are 7 or 8 layers. To be honest I lost count amid all the rubbing and rolling and laying.

I added a little purple silk top and orange/red Wensleydale to the final layer to add a bit of interest…watch this space for photos.