Continuing on with August craft month, this week sees us at a workshop dedicated to vessels. This was led by the experienced and very talented felter Gail Cooke.
Gail demonstrated how to lay the fibres in layers around a resist creating a 3D object from a flat pattern. Sticking with natural colours, a mixture of Shetland wool tops was used to fabricate the base layer. Wensleydale and Blue-Faced Leicester curls were used to decorate and add texture. With a fair amount of water, soap, rubbing and rolling, our vessels were ready for shaping. At this stage, it was surprising to see the variation in all the vessels given the similar colours and resists used in the process. By then it was home time so we took our vessels with us to finish off. It will be great to see the final results at our next 'show and tell'.
A big thank you to Gail for sharing her knowledge and skills. Thanks also to Tina for providing much needed refreshments.