My inspirations of course come from the LOVE of trees, especially the texture & colour of the barks. So much variety!! When you look close there is a whole rainbow & trees do spiral to the left….unless strongly wind effected. SO my dress will be lap seamed to the left.
After meditating & morning gardening I get prepped for a full 2 days of felting. It’s full on physically, & as I work on the deck at the moment it’s awesome being out with the elements. As long as it’s not windy…as wool fibres are so ‘fly away’ …… Thankfully I have perfect conditions, thanks elementals.
“Campfire Card” .…It’s all about sharing stories & allowing others to learn from you. I hope I can eventually do this with this blog, as I have gained so much knowledge & tips off the web from felting tutorials…..the sharing of wisdom……..my opportunity to give back……you learn something new every time you felt because it’s so tactile & reactive.
I weigh the wool out to make sure the dress is even on all 1/4’s. Selecting & balancing the colours as I go.
Cut the pre-felt, this is the Centre back, there will be long ties, like a corset. Start laying out the fibres, it can be like fairy hair, so to prevent any air blowing it away, I spray water to keep it in place.
I love getting leaf gifts drop down on my work…..colour perfection.
After the fibres are placed, cover with a nylon woven curtain fabric & rub with soap & warm water until the fibres mat together. Here I have to the two back panels together to check they are matching with the back ties……made just like dreads, hand rolled.
Star craters are openings on the trunk to show the sap that flows through a tree. A plastic resist is used to stop the top star sticking to the red wool. Silk fibres over the top of the wool star.
After rubbing (bonding fibres) & fulling (shrinking) the dress, cut & remove the resist to show the under colour, rubbing & holding into shape.
Incorporating chakras (trees are life & being a tree is lovely to be)……into the front of the dress using bright popping colours & curly sheep wool that does not felt…you can felt it in using marino fibres, but it stays curly & free…..great texture to add to the spirals like a spinning light/fire wheel. The heart chakra (Green) is felted onto silk chiffon & attached to the neckline later, the throat chakra (Blue) felted on to chiffon, is worn as a neck piece, the Brow will be a crystal piece off the Head Piece & Crown chakra on the head piece opening.
Once the fibres are bonded from rubbing…It’s rolling time, this can take up to 500 rolls!! Essential for a well bonded, no ‘fuzz’ finished product. So the neck ties don’t fuse together place plastic in-between the layers. The felt can do be handled roughly…..to start the major shrinkage, it can be picked up, dunked in HOT water, & thrown down hard onto the work surface to get the fibres cranky & shrinking & grabbing on to each other tightly. This is when the checking back to the original pattern size is monitored & garment is shaped, cut outs are made…then final rinse with some vinegar to get all the soap removed.