I was extremely fortunate to be able to attend a two day feltmaking course last weekend. On day one, we made a flat panel piece.

first piece

This is mine, photographed in the orientation that I created it. In the event, I like it best rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise.

The colour reproduction is poor and I need to retake all these photos.

We used Merino wool tops (64s). I added design elements with some Colinette yarns that I had kicking around the craft room at home.

Thinking about calling this one “Orkney Sunset” – a decision that would make more obvious sense had I correctly captured the colours in my photograph. This piece needs a final steam pressing, as does the second piece – but both are still a little damp at present. I was enormously happy with this as a first piece and quite stunned that I had so much success. I may add some silvery beads to this and then frame it.

For our our second piece, we had a go at a 3dimensional, seamless form. I decided not to decide what to make, but just to see what it came out as. I made it with the open (flat) edge at the top, as though for a bag – photos taken as for a tea cosy. A tea cosy for a very small pot, I might add! Again, my colour repro is poor, and the base colour for the two sides should be the same – a bright blue that is neither cobalt nor royal. This will probably end up as a bag, and I’ll twist a cord to sew around the three closed edges, making it long enough to sling purse-wise about my body. Maybe you should twist your head round to view it the other way up…

second piece

I was trying for a sub-marine feel on this piece. Again, Colinette yarns were used for the design elements, and I also used some varying shades of the merino tops to introduce some shading. The piece is less brightly coloured than it appears in these shots – and is more comfortably subtle.

You will note that neatness and precision don’t enter the frame where I am concerned. I am just grateful that I managed to produce anything that looked even remotely like a bag!

Second piece reverse

The course was arranged by the Sanday Development Trust, held in the Sanday Community School, and led by Carol Dunbar, from the Pier Arts Centre in Kirkwall.

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