Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Felt Boot Workshop

In October I took a workshop with Jennifer Hoag at Northeast fiber arts in Vermont. It is an online class in which she did videos for each step. The videos were well done, and after a few initial problems accessing them she got everything straightened out. The handouts were well done and helpful.

I purchased some C-1 in espresso brown from New England Felting Supply, and ordered my soles from Simple Shoemaking.( I am including links in case anyone wants to know where my supplies came from, and where I took the class.)  Following the instructions I created the resist using underlayment, which is easy to feel and to cut. This time I remembered to scrub off the red ink that comes on it, so it did not get into the felt.

After laying out the wool on one side, wetting it down and flipping, laying out the second side, I started to felt.  Two boots are done using the one resist and are connected at the sole. The Marker indicated the bottom of the boots.

Once they were felted hard enough, I cut them along the sole so I have two boots.  Then started to seriously felt them. This picture is one boot laying on top of the resist folded in half.   Big enough for the jolly green giant but my feet are not THAT big.  So I continued to felt. Below you can see the progression. You can see I have a long way to go before I get them to the size I need them to be.

I will be embellishing these boots once they are down to size.  I just need to keep working at that shrinking part.  I did make a sample prior to making the boots, so I know it will shrink. It's just going to take some work. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

White wool coat in progress and a scarf

Quite some time ago I started a short wool coat, based on what I learned last spring in a class with Charity in Massachusetts.  I did quite a bit of work on it but then stopped.  It still needs to be fulled and shaped a bit more, however, am hoping to be able to work on it soon.

In the meantime I decided to make an experimental scarf.  So I took a white prefelt and cut it to size, lay out scraps of silk fabric, tencel and merino on top and felted it. This is called "Red right returning".  For those who may not know the red buoy is kept on your right when returning from the sea. (I am really missing being on the water lately.)  I think I want to try this again, but not use a prefelt and just lay the silk, tencel and wool out randomly.  It is soooo much nicer having the outlets that I needed so I can play music, heat water, use the spinner and have something rolling if I need to.  Now I just need to find more time to play with my wool.

I do have a felting play date set with Heather next weekend and I can hardly wait.