Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Feltastic!


I hope you are going to enjoy a burst of colourful felty fabulousness to brighten up this miserable November morning! I am suddenly consumed by a passion for felt, and have been stitching away for the past few days and no let up in sight! My threads are tangling again ......


.... but as it is Work In Progress I think I'm excused. I'm heavily into a tactile and colour sensory overload and it's brilliant! Of course, I've been working on the pincushions for a while now, so there's nothing new there, and you will remember my Angel and Wingèd Hearts  (need to make some more)


Gloria was begun at a Madeline Millington workshop quite a few years ago, and of course, as it is more or less a Madeline design I cannot sell her, nor copy her for sale. But I have been working on some designs of my own and hope to get round to making them up some time soonish. (Oooh, can you spot something rolled up at the back there? I have rediscovered my rag-rug work!)


The Wingèd Hearts are my own design - well, an adaptation of a very old image really, it's been around a long long time. I know one went to Penny  and Victoria bought one ...I must have sold them all so need to replenish.

But something else has been nagging away at the back of my mind for ages. I've been interested in African wrapped and coiled jewellery for some time - again, texture and colour, very attention grabbing. And lately I've seen a lot of jewellery made from felted wool; I love the effect of felted wool but just don't want to go down the wet-felting route, or even the needle-felting route, come to that. So I had to devise a way of utilising my felt and wool felt to make the coils I wanted. So, remember those felty worms from the last post? This is what they were destined to become!


I have to say I am pretty pleased with them. It took a while to work out how to make the base coil, and the 'faff factor' is quite high. But each one I made I refined the process and think I have just about got the hang of it now.


The embellishment part is the fun bit - but even here there are improvements to make and different effects to discover.


I shall be experimenting with various embroidery, and am debating whether to add beads. I do have the odd bead stashed away, as you might have guessed! The bangles are less chunkier looking when worn than it appears from the photographs, but I might experiment with various size cores.


So there you are, last post's mystery solved! I'm chuffed with them, hope you like them too!

24 comments:

  1. I just love them! So beautiful and colourful and just so happy looking. You could also make smaller ones to serve as napkin rings should that be something that you might use or sell?

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  2. Cheers, m'dear! I think, because of the afore-mentioned 'faff factor' I wouldn't make them as napkin rings; if I made them, I'd make them in flat, embroidered felt, probably double sided to give them a bit of stability.

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  3. I do not wear jewelry but that arm candy is just lovely, a bead or three would add to the ooh factor.

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    1. Thanks Pam. Yes, I am thinking about beads, but I have to be careful which beads on which bangle - shiny beads would look daft I think, they would have to be matt. Wood, say or matt ceramic rather than transluscent glass.

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  4. Very colourful and handy. Are they stuffed well enough for say a hot plate/dish ring?

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    1. Mmmmm. I think they'd certainly stand up to the heat because it is a solid core, not fibrefill.

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  5. You clever thing you - I imagine the faff factor on the bracelets is high enough to make me quiver in me boots but the effect is glorious. I think the pincushions are my favourite though - so pretty. Well done that woman x Jane

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    1. Thank you Jane, the faff is in the construction which is the early part, so that is forgotten by the time I am embellishing away ; the reward is in the stitching! But yes, at the moment they are level pegging with me - I need to make some more and see how I feel about them then!

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  6. They're lovely Lynne and such vibrant colours. Well done.
    Patricia x

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    1. Thanks Patricia, I'm quite excited about them! Lx

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  7. These are so striking Lynne. Stunning work! xx

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    1. Thanks Chel, glad you like them.

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  8. Lynne these are just fantastic....I'd be on sensory overload too! :) x

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    1. Thank you! I needed some BRIGHT today!Lx

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  9. Yay I have just had my colour fix here on your blog Lynne. I adore my winged heart and will always treasure it, thank you. I'm loving your felted bangles, these are such fun and no doubt warming too :o) Your embroidery is always a delight and feast for the eyes xox

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    1. Thankyou Penny - and I'm so glad you're enjoying your Winged heart. Lx

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  10. Wow! and wow again for all your creativity. I adore all your makes, loving the colour and texture of everything. I bet that a felt ring bangle on each wrist would raise body temperature via the pulse being warm. I wear wrist warmers through the Winter and find them so effective, and decorative wool cuffs would look amazing as well as doing the job. My friend in Switzerland gave me my first ones and she calls them pulheiss (hotpulse) and the Germans call them pulswarmer.
    jo x

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    1. Hi Jo, lovely to see you back. You know you're right, it's a known fact that to heat yourself up or cool yourself down you run hot or cold water over your wrists. And wrist warmers - yes, a couple of these on each wrist would do the job well! Lx

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  11. oh lynne - as usual i am so impressed with your work - you sound energised and i could do with a bit of that i think!!!!!! lovely and sunny here today - how quickly we forget our lovely warm summer - carry on the good work xx

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    1. Oh thank you, Lynne! Yes, today I drove to Norwich and back for my melodeon lesson, it was a lovely drive in the sunshine, all the trees and fields looking good, and music at the end of it! What could be better. And At least we did have a decent summer this year! Lx

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  12. lovely blog :)
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  13. Feltastic indeed !!!!!!!!!

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