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Felt Making and Embroidery

23 Jan

I like the random patterns and effects that can be created by incorporating different fabrics and fibres in to the wool when felting. These pieces began as a random jumble of colours which when felted began to look quite pretty and almost like a mystical garden. I hand and machine embellished the pieces adding flowers, leaves and butterflies.

Felt Making IMG_4767 IMG_4758I am pleased with the pieces but certainly feel I have a lot more to learn.

Click here to  have a look at a wonderful blog, which I came across recently where you can find numerous great examples of felt making.

 

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Experimental Knitting

15 Feb

Today I had an hour to spare so I decided to make up a quick sample on my knitting machine. As a result of the rag rug class I attended before Christmas I have been thinking about ways in which to avoid or reduce material waste. I decided to experiment with weaving some scraps from my felt making and embroidery classes in to a plain dark grey knitted sample. I used small pieces of felt tops, embroidery threads and lengths of wool, which I dyed last year with natural dyes (such as golden rod and nettle). I thoroughly enjoyed creating this sample and plan to create a few more experimental pieces in the coming weeks so keep checking back for updates or follow my blog! Below are some images of the sample.

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Work Experience

13 Aug

Earlier this summer I went to Higham Hall, a residential adult education college situated in the Lake District (pictured above) for work experience.

I worked part-time over a 3-week period, this enabled me to experience all aspects of the business. I was involved with everything from assisting the chefs and waiting on in the dining room to answering the phone, taking bookings and designing a brochure. During the placement I was particularly surprised by how enjoyable I found working in an office environment and I was especially pleased when given the sole responsibility of creating a new brochure for the college.

However, the highlight of the placement was being given the opportunity to assist with some of the textile based classes. Teaching and encouraging others improved my self-confidence in terms of public speaking and enhanced my ability to communicate with others, as I was required to provide clear instructions and demonstrations. I was also taught, by one of the textile tutors, how to make felt jewellery as well as the basics of ‘Nuno’ felting which simply means to bond loose fibres with a sheer fabric. Since my placement I have produced some small pieces and experimented with a couple of different techniques some of which were inspired by my visit to ‘Woolfest’ which I discussed briefly in an earlier post (https://samanthacleminson.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/woolfest/). Below are some images from my sketchbook that show examples of where I have incorporated felt pieces in my design work (please note more images are available via Flickr). I hand-dyed some of the felt using natural dyes obtained from sources such as tealeaves, nettles, onion peelings, turmeric and madder.



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