Of cats and Carders

June 12, 2015 § 5 Comments

Sorry I haven’t updated this blog for a while

I seem to start every blog post I write with that apology. I have genuine intentions of updating this blog regularly, as I do have a lot to write about, and it would be nice to write about each thing as a separate post instead of lumping it all together, but hey ho. I’ve had a lot on (always that excuse)

I got a new job which I have been working alongside the old one, so I have had very few days off, and in those rare days I seem to spend all my time doing cleaning and laundry. I am also taking care of some rather beautiful cats for my sister, and they are very very distracting (pictures to follow)

My new job is in Tyntesfield, which is a National Trust property. Its really beautiful and I love working there, despite the 10 miles I have to cycle to get there!

But back to felting.

Fairly recently I made a triceratops, which was fun. I made up the colours because I think dinosaurs were probably really quite boring colours and that’s not very exciting. And also I had a lot of pinks and purples that I haven’t used for anything.

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I am making this one a brachiosaurus friend, which is so close to completion, but I have been working on it for so long that I doubt it will ever be finished. I haven’t had time to sit down and focus properly on anything. I will finish him one day. I promise.

A more recent completion, but also something I have been working on for a while, is the hare hat.

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This needs photos of someone wearing it to do it justice, but here it is being worn by a bowl.

I am please with this one. everything except the eyes and inside of the ears was made from shetland wool that I washed and dyed. The Shetland fleece was so filthy and greasy that I thought I’d never use it for anything, but I finally did! Which leads me on to something else.

I bought a drum carder.

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Already fed up with hand carding fleece (which is quite hard on the wrists) I decided to take the plunge and buy one of the most expensive things I have ever purchased. Its beautiful and handmade, but it is probably the most specific thing I have ever bought. It only does one thing. It combs wool. I really have to keep processing fleece now to make it worth my while. Luckily my shed is full of raw fleece so I think I have no problem there!

I have also started doing more workshops. I have joined The Art Troupe, which organises workshops around Bristol and the surrounding areas. I did two days of wet felting workshops in a Bristol primary school, teaching nursery through to year two how to make wet felt. I had no previous experience of working with that age group. It was exhausting, but really rewarding. We stitched all the felt they made together into a huge wall hanging to go on the school wall.

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The grey cat is Sandra. She loved the wool but had to be moved on as she started clawing at it!

Finally, I did another craft fair – Bspoke16 in Emersons Green in Bristol. I hadn’t really had time to make anything new, but I sold a few of my old things, and I even sold a hat! (one with mushrooms on it, which sadly I never properly photographed)

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The next fair I will be attending is The British Wool show in York, which will be a bit of an adventure. We are going to stay in York for a couple of days too as I have never been there.

More info on that to follow.

Also, here is a picture of the other cat, Noel. He is sweet, he purrs like and engine and roles on his back all the time. When he arrived he was a bit stressed and hid under some shelves for a week, but now we are the best of friends. He is Sandra’s brother. She is the intelligent one. He is a bit simple but he’s very sweet.

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§ 5 Responses to Of cats and Carders

  • Zenith says:

    So, as usual the dinosaur is awesome. The Hare hat is amazing and I WANT TO SNUGGLE NOEL!

  • I thouroughly loved your post. Please, don’t apologize. Life gets in the way of our passions. I’ve decided to just post something as I feel, and as I have time. There are always more things to write about than there is time. Your projects are fantastic. Many scientists feel that the dinosaurs had brilliant colours, especiallly if you look at all the variety of animal colours we can see right now. I love the personality you imbued the triceratops with. Keep up the fantastic work.

  • Leonor says:

    I think we have the same drum carder! It’s such a wonderful tool to have, you won’t regret your investment.

    Your dinosaur looks amazing, but I did have to giggle at your cat gender comment: she is the smart one, he is the sweet one. I often say I prefer male cats because they’re goofier and not as smart, teehee 😀

    • Natnat says:

      I really love the drum carder already, been making jacobs batts and they are turning out so lovely, way better than my hopeless hand carding attempts!

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