I have been having a wonderful "March Break" with my boys and have had a bit of time to play in the studio and am now also planning for "Pods" and "Bags with 3D elelments" the week after next. I made a bag from some "Lollipop Corriedale" from NEFS, named as such as it is displayed wound 'round a long stick like an enormous delish candy treat. It was so great to work with and the colours. Yum. Crazy shrinkage as I kept fulling it nice and tight. Close to 50% width. You can see the midway fulling...was thinking this is where many would stop fulling.
I also felted the art piece with 3D elements. It is difficult to see the dimensionality of the piece. It is much nicer in person. I usually consider how a piece will photograph before I lay it out, if you can believe (did not with this one- just jumped right in!). I L-o-v-e working in reds and oranges, but they are very difficult to photograph, thus I avoid such saturated colour. A piece that is difficult to shoot is of way less value to me. If I cannot convey the piece in the image, it is very difficult to enter it in shows and for publication.
The other thing I have done is make a hat for my son. He took on of my felted rings and inspired by wearing it on the tip of his finger upside down, like a finger hat, asked me to make him a hat. We sketched it and then he wanted eye holes...thus, we created the "durp" hat. Certainly not perfect as I raced through a bit and getting him to wear the soggy thing while I shaped it was short lived. But, he loves it and has not taken it off...it's a bit curious, but I am asking no questions. He is 13, after all :o)
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