Nothing Boring About Shibori!!
|Ann sharing one of her samples|
Our April Felt-In was led by Feltmakers North Chair Ann McCullough and she introduced us to shibori techniques in feltmaking. Ann had made lots of samples and shared some interesting ideas on dyeing to achieve traditional shibori effects.
|Some of Ann's lovely samples|
|Pattern wraps round from front (clever girls!)|
Wonderful to see all the creativity at play and how each garment is so very different. Hopefully all the girls will sport their final pieces at our AGM next month.
This beautiful scarf was made by Tina who had interpreted Dagmar's technique and created a lovely diaphanous summer scarf.
|Karen proudly shows her samples|
|Helen finally finished her bag - only took her six months!!|
|Maria's velvet scarf which she had constructed and then dyed|
It was very pleasing to see so many lovely things on display at our Show n Tell. Well done to everyone.
And then it was Ann's turn! She demonstrated the basic tecnhiques to get everyone started and then did the rounds encouraging us to work even harder to get our samples completed in time.
|Our two latest recruits Elaine and Ida got stuck in!|
|Sarah tries to distract Jane!|
The versatility of the shibori technique in feltmaking is wonderful - from creating pattern through the careful application of the resist material, to adding raised surfaces and texture, to creating 3d stones for a hanging and lots more. It's a great skill to master for the feltmaker.
Dympna decided she wanted to begin her masterpiece today and as you can see from the above photos, she has almost finished - well done to her.
Finally a little tip for everyone - Jane brought along a roll of wire which had been covered in wool, a product which florists use, but which could have all sorts of interesting applications for felters, so watch this space!