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Felted Pods Inspired by Underwater Themes

I have just made a group of felted pods or vessels, this is my first exploration into the world of making vessels and I am really happy with them, it’s becoming quite addictive. I started off with a plastic template, I felted around it, then cut a small opening and whilst it was still wet I shaped it into a pod.



Needless to say as I am also a lover of embellishments and bling I wasn’t happy with the basic shape and went on to add embroidery, bead work and even dabbled with pre digitised embroidery, as the pods developed I could see how they all linked to my love of under water themes



The first two pods are on white merino felt with merino and silk details, and some beading


Then I went for stronger colours to make this little coral pod


For my next pod I wanted to play with the idea of handles and a hand embroidered tree


After making these pods I started to get brave and decided to try a larger size, I added a loop at the top for hanging itImage


And of course then I wanted to pull in some other skills I’ve acquired over time, namely machine embroidery, so after one restless night I woke up with a plan to make this little pod to celebrate spring


My next challenge will be to make a large pod, egg shaped with more decoration, I want to celebrate the Spring Equinox, I have dyed silks and wool fibres – I’ll show you those on my next blog and by then I will have formulated my thoughts for a larger pod project


Fibre Art Inspired by Jackson Pollock

I recently took up the challenge of a Jackson Pollock inspired piece of work. At first I was not completely taken with the idea as his work is huge, all over the place or so I thought, but on further investigation of this artist I was hooked.

The piece I made was inspired by Pollock’s Moon Woman, especially since I have just finished a moon woman felted piece.

Firstly here is the felted piece it’s depicts a mother and daughter reaching out to each other across the moon.  I quite liked the idea of cutting the moon (another of Pollock’s works), then following his technique I lay the piece on the floor and got splashing with a select range of colours and allowed myself to be inspired by the movement of the fabric paint and the image below. Quite an experience, thoroughly enjoyed myself and I feel that the work has become energised too. I’ll let you decide that one…..


Once I had wet felted and embellished this main piece I went onto to give it the Jackson Pollock treatment, here is a little video of the experience

From the first image this is how my Moon Woman developed, the process was liberating and lots of fun and personally I feel she has an edge of energy in her that didn’t exist in the plain felt work – but you may have different thoughts.

right-corner centre Pollocked-moon-woman

Moon Woman Completed

Initially I wasn’t sure if I should add stitch and beading to this piece, then I went for it, I’m so glad, now she just pops. This piece has been made from wet felted merino on sheep wool, with silk, and fabric needle felted into the background felting, machine stitched and added bead work. I’ve added a close up too.ImageImage  

Moon Woman

On this gorgeous sunny winter morning, and after the festive Gemini moon I decided to use the energy to create a felted piece reflecting the moon and female energy.

It’s still in its new moon phase, not quite finished, I plan to add beading and stitch to it.


Winter Thaw

winter thaw

Spring is trying hard to arrive, my neighbour presented me with a little bunch of snowdrops, the first in his garden, what a lovely gesture, he does this every year, I feel honoured.

A month or so ago I photographed frozen ice on the river, the thaw was trying to battle the ice and slices of water were showing them selves.

This inspired me to create a felted image of the photograph. I  felted in two colours, and embellished with beads and stitch.

Wet and needle felting

The sun is shining today and spring is trying hard to push away the winter cold.

During the winter I have been working on some felting projects, I was involved in a monthly artists challenge and February had the theme of Africa.

My challenge was to find my felting wool, and then to draw a picture of a charging elephant, I wanted an African elephant with ears flapping.

So I wet felted a background using merino rovings, and added some silk tops for interest, than sitting by the fire I translated my drawn elephant onto the background using a felting needle.

ImageI had so much fun making the elephant that I decided to work on a giraffe, and to put more 3D into his face.


The giraffe needed acacia leaves to feed on, so I used free hand machine stitch to create some leaves for him to feast onImage

My next project is going to be a zebra, but this time I will photograph each part of the process and if you feel inspired you may want to make one too.


The handmade beads continue to grow

I’ve been trying out new approaches to making my own fabric beads, using furry wool beads and small stone beads for this particular  wall hanging.

I am suffering from serious lack of wall space, so I’ve decided to use these bead hanging to create themes in different rooms. I also like the idea of door furniture, my next project may involve quilted runs for the top of the doors with accent beads.

Further play ended up in these purple beads, the purple colour is the clear sweetie wrappers from Quality Street chocolates, I have a lot more eating to do to make enough beads for my next project.