Little by Little

I finally finished the apron dress for my Viking costume and I’m pleased that it didn’t turn into a disaster (it’s far from perfect though). There is still the under dress to weave, only one length is finished (the grey fabric under the orange dress) and I need two more.

I tried to keep it sober. But this is more my style:

I’ll use it for a sweater. I used Malabrigo yarn and some beautiful hand spun yarn, a sumptuous present from a friend.

It’s Lucy’s colour too.

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Hand-Dyed Yarn

I’ve been wanting to dye yarn for some time now. I tried today on a sample and I am very, very pleased with the result. It won’t be cheaper than buying pre-dyed yarn, but it will be quite unique.

Beautiful, isn’t it? I am hooked…

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Moss Garden

I’m disappointed by this felted moss garden. Maybe I shouldn’t felt at summertime when there’s so little time to create. My patience with felting is already limited to start with.

Baba Yaga

The body is felted and the face is made of paper clay. Hand-woven fabrics. Cauldron and mortar made of ceramic.

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Baba Yaga’s Colours

I finished weaving for Baba Yaga today, I’ll dress her up today. These are the colours she wanted, purple and red for her outrageous way of life, green and rust for the forest she loves so dearly and brown for the animal kingdom:

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A Little Tree of Merriment

I had to take a few more pictures of my felted tree now that there is more light. I experimented a lot with glue, fabric stiffener and starch in order to make the felt more rigid. It didn’t work for me. The felt became either shiny (stiffener) or the colors faded.So, in the end, I chose to use a thin golden wire which I stitched along the edges. It is still visible here and there, but it’s part of the design. I tried just to needle felt my surfaces. It was extremely time consuming and in the end it was still far too soft. No more needle felting for me (or just a tiny bit to hold things in place), from now on it will be just wet felting. I didn’t use any soap for the wet felting of the textures, the rinsing would have flattened them. The bed at the top is installed on a little wooden board which rests on a wire stand installed inside the tree. All in all, when you know what you’re doing (and it took me a while to choose the right approach), it doesn’t take that long. I am extremely glad to have found my own personal way to play with felt because I love the softness and the colors  and I’m really looking forward to felting my next project, a miniature garden.

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