For the past few weeks I have been working on a variety of projects including wet felting, cynotype pictures, basketry, felting and pottery. The main drive was due to having a stall at the Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre – the biggest event that I have attended. My stress levels were increased with the forecast including thunderstorms and a weather warning. However apart from my sister and I having to hang on to the gazebo due to the wind the sun shone all day.
We met some very interesting people. It is so lovely to chat about the things that I enjoy making so much and gives me a great excuse to get back into my shed to create some more.
As I mentioned I have been having fun making some Cynotype pictures. Once the chemicals are mixed the liquid is light sensitive and has to be painted onto the canvas (or material) in artificial light and then be left to dry in the dark. The following day I placed a variety of feather or leaves on the dried surface and then top with a sheet of glass before taking out into the garden. After about 30 minutes I removed the glass and feathers/leaves and then rinsed the canvas under running water before leaving it to dry.
This is a type of wet felting where a thin layer of wool is felted on to a base of chiffon silk. I started by space dyeing the silk a few weeks ago. I then laid out a long length of bubble wrap, the chiffon and then placed a pattern of wool and wool/silk on top. I sprayed down the fibres with warm soapy water as I worked to stop the fibres blowing away. When I was happy with the layout I topped the pile with an old net curtain and then started to press the fibres down using circular movements. This is the start of the felting process. As the fibres start to knit together you can begin to be a bit rougher and having looked at lots of posts on Pinterest I noticed that people have been using sanding machines so I thought I would give it a go. It was definitely a noisier felting session than I am used to but it did work.Although I already have so many projects to get on with I am hoping soon to have a go at eco dyeing and Sashiko – at the moment I am just researching and exploring so I will leave that for another day.