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Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Exploring Felting - and making a felt flower

 Hi everyone. I hope you and yours are well. In the northern hemisphere I know there have been very hot summer temperatures and devistating fires, while down here in winter-time Australia we have had a lot of rain in the south and floods on our east coast. It is cold and wet where I live in the south west of Western Australia. But I am grateful for the rain though it does sometimes interrupt my daily walk.  

I have never been much intersted in felting. But a few weeks ago I "discovered" the Felting Pot Sudio in the lovely Fullers Coop - basically a big shed with lots of artisans in their own lock up spaces. They are mostly open Thursday to Saturday - with the cafe open Monday to Saturday. It is our new favourite place for lunch with friends. Only about 15 minutes from my home by car and no problem with parking. There are even comfy chairs with knee rugs if you are feeling the cold. 


Anyway after I discovered the Felting Pot Studio which I must say is full of deliciousness for crafters, and chatted to the owner Natalie, I liked them on Facebook and then saw an advertisement for a beginners felting workshop - a day workshop where you make a felt flower. So I enrolled. What a great day I had with a lovely group of ladies. Natalie went through the steps so clearly and we all came home with a felt flower. 

Now I am not going to pretend I know much about felting - you would need to go to a workshop yourself - and there are You Tube videos - but I think a hands-on workshop is a much better idea. 

Felting is I discovered very labour intensive! There is a lot of pulling, rubbing, pounding and rolling, soap and water involved. And surprising to me - bubblewrap! 


Starting with a selection of "wool top" (top left below) we all ended up with a beautiful felt flower! Below you can see my finished flower on the right. I added some gold thread stitching and some little beads I had at home left over from some other long forgotten project. I was really happy with the result. 


I am sure there will be more felting in my future. Thankyou Natalie for introducing me to this craft. 

I can highly recommend Natalie's beginners felting workshop. She also runs a felted hat workshop and other workshops. You can find the Felting Pot Studio on Facebook @ Felting Pot Studio and on Instagram.  Some of the photos below have been borrowed from Instagram. 


And the Paper Route Cafe on Facebook @ Paper Route Cafe and on Instagram


Those of you who have been following me here will know that I dabble in botancial eco-printing. I have been following some You Tube "Bootcamps" from Nicola Brown in Clasheen Ireland. She is an experienced eco printer and felter, and I am keen to learn about combining the two.  You can find Nicole on Instagram and find out more about her workshops. 

However I do recommend a hands-on workshop if you have one near you!


Thank you so much for stopping by. Do you do felting? I would love to hear about it in your comments. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 

I am linking up to the link-ups below. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!
   
MosaicMonday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf
Sharon's Sovenirs 

Pictorial Tuesday 
ThroughMy Lens 
Image-in-ing
My corner of the world through my camera 
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global hosted by Randomosity. 
       and Little bird - Pienilintu
Thankful Thursday 
Welcome to Nature Thursday

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15 comments:

  1. That's so pretty! I love it.
    Thank you for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/07/satellite-park-at-duke-arts-annex.html

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  2. I always learn from you something new and interesting. What fun to roll bubble wrap. Hopefully, it made lots of those fun popping noises. :) Yours turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing with me.

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  3. ...I had never heard of felting before, thanks for the introduction.

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  4. I'm glad that you stopped by the Garden Spot. I enjoyed reading about felting--no I don't do it, for as you say, it is work insensitive.It is always good and fun to try new things.

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  5. Hi Jill,
    Oh, so pretty! Looks like a very fun project.
    Enjoy the week...

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  6. Your felted flower is beautiful! We tried felting 3-D animals from a kit once but while I thought I understood the directions I could not get it to form into anything.

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    1. A 3D animal would be difficult! Much better to do a workshop if you can, though I know not always possible.

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  7. O wat mooi! Het is geweldig om te zien. Ik heb het nog nooit gedaan.

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    1. translate - Oh how beautiful! It's great to see. I have never yet done it.

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  8. Jill - I do not do felting, but I have collected a few pins in Pinterest that have appealed to me. Maybe one winter day ... I love this type of artisan location where you can meet many creative types - delicious, indeed! It has been hot here, but it cools down enough at night to keep it manageable. And, knock on wood, no smoke from forest fires this year. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

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  9. You are so very talented, my friend. I love reading how you expand into new areas and try them out and show us how it goes! I honestly hadn't heard of felting until reading this. . .what a beautiful end result! xx Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  10. Interesting. I have seen a few felted items, not flowers. Yours is very pretty.

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  11. What a wonderful and well stocked studio to work in! Your felt flower is . I tried felting once and it was fun, but it was not a hobby I ended up pursuing although I admire beautiful those that can create beautiful items from it, especially cute little animal figures.

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    1. Hi Pat, not sure how far I will go with it either, but who knows.... My husband just rolled his eyes....another thing you are going to do

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  12. I"m not crafty at all, but have taken some group painting workshops which I very much enjoyed. Your flower is beautiful.

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