I always enjoy the way a current preoccupation takes on a life of its own and starts appearing all over the place, a bit like when you learn a new word and then it crops up in everything you read. Was it there all along and you just start noticing because you’re now paying attention? Or maybe it’s a kind of grace that delights in seeking out connections and charging them with significance.

In the last few days I’ve been finding some lovely insights and inspirations around combining strips of cloth with wool, especially from Jill at Centering with Fiber, and this wonderful woven fleece by Elizabeth Armstrong (Studiofelter).

This weekend I made some felt samples for our workshop tomorrow: including a piece to show add-ins of various kinds, some 3D felt using a template resist, and some samples using different types of pre-felts.

felt artwork

And this little bit is just for me, an experiment with torn strips of silk chiffon, caught between thin strips of drafted fibre and felted. Very fiddly!

felt sample

But what if I wove something like this before felting, instead of laying the fibres out? I would need to put a little twist in the drafted wool, to stop it drifting apart; I wonder what difference that would make to how it looks and feels and behaves.

I’ll leave you with some netted inspiration from a walk along the beach,


and some plastic made beautiful by the sea.


Serendipity or something

4 thoughts on “Serendipity or something

  • April 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Beautiful felt – makes me want to dig out the fleece and have a play again! And I love the sea plastic and the colours of the net/driftwood “stuff”.

  • April 12, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    So true about how something you’ve just learned about suddenly starts popping up everywhere you look. The sea plastic presents such a mental dilemma – do I like because it is beautiful? Or cry because we are littering the seas?

  • April 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    “Or maybe it’s a kind of grace that delights in seeking out connections and charging them with significance”

    a very inviting reflection.
    like what you are doing w. that.

  • May 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I love sea plastic, but they aren’t easy to come which is good I supposed! I stitched them up into basket, like rag basket – your blog is so inspiring – Hugs Nat

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