March 26, 2014 § 1 Comment
Perhaps as a direct result of recently watching Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Wererabbit, I have a bizarre desire to make woolly vegetables.
It could also be something to do with the time of year. I would love to grow vegetables, but I don’t really have the time or patience, or the gardening skills. Or the garden, to come to that. So this is the best I could do. I know they are not edible, and definitely wouldn’t contribute to one of my five a day, but I have enjoyed making them nonetheless.
They are all badges, and hopefully will be for sale somewhere very soon!
Disclaimer – I am aware that peppers and pumpkins are not technically vegetables, and I apologise to anyone offended by me referring to them as such.
March 19, 2014 § 1 Comment
The hare. Another of Britain’s elusive wild creatures. I have never seen a wild hare close up. Sometime when I am travelling on a train, and daydreaming out of the window, I spot a pair of enormous ears sticking up out of a field of corn.
Most of the wildlife I see is from a train, actually. I like travelling by train. Railways take more rural roots than roads do. Roads are boring. I once drove down the M4 for a long way, and got so bored of seeing grey tarmac that I could hardly concentrate on my driving. I always get distracted by the things I’m driving past anyway. Interesting trees, pretty houses, factories. You miss it all when you focus on the road.
Once I saw a monkey out of a train window. True story. It was just outside of Reading. I was gazing listlessly out of the train window when I saw a long legged furry creature with a very long tail run across a field and up a tree. It was so unmistakably a monkey that I immediately called up several people to tell them about it. They humored me, but I think no one took me seriously. Is seeing a monkey living wild in Britain so unbelievable?
Anyway, again I digress. This is about hares, not monkeys, Although I should make a monkey in memory of my mysterious British primate.
I’ve been working on this hare for about a week, and she is finally finished. I have a couple of progress photos here. In the first you can see the wire armature and undyed wool that I start with, and then the process of adding colour on top
And the finished hare in all her glory.
I tried to add a bit more detail to this one, shaping her paws and not just leaving them rounded as I often do. I’m quite pleased with the result.
March 10, 2014 § 2 Comments
Suddenly it feels like spring. As I write this I can see blue sky through the window. My daffodils are in flower, and I’m sure that yesterday I heard a bee! This is very exciting for me, as bees pretty much equal happiness. They are the loveliest of creatures. They also have nothing to do with this post…
Snails. That’s what I really want to talk about. I started felting snails, and I must say, they have the most satisfying shape to make! I love the idea of a woolly snail, as real snails are almost the opposite of woolly. They are slimy and cold, and yet, like bees, I find snails adorable.
I started to tidy up my garden recently. I live in a rented house which has a teeny tiny garden, but its does have some potential for niceness. I spent a day a few weeks ago sweeping up the rotting leaves that covered the patio, and I discovered that gardening wasn’t for the faint-hearted
I unearthed many a strange slimy creature that day, and as I shoveled and swept rotting leaves I couldn’t help but wince at the tragic crunch of snail shells getting in my way. How do you garden without accidentally killing hundreds of innocent invertebrates? I don’t want to cause unnecessary suffering to creepy crawlies simply because I would prefer mud to be in a different place, however, the garden does have the potential to be pretty, but it does need clearing out a bit more.
I suppose this got me thinking about snails a lot, and so the natural progression was to felt them.
Here they are playing around in my cupboard!