Today I did a felting workshop with Pam De Groot, a famous felt artist here in the Blue Mountains. We started off with a flat bit of felt and experimented with different fibre textures, silks and wools. The flat piece of felt I made didn't look that exciting - so I didn't bother posting a photo of it here.
The second item we made was a felted bowl. I loved this. I want to make more of these as they would make great Christmas presents.
We put layers of wool over a template, turned it over and added more layers of wool.
When we had enough layers, we added bits and pieces from a mixed bag that we bought from Pam. It had wool, mohair tops, bits of silk and other fibrous odds and ends. We felted it onto the wool to decorate the outside of the bowl.
We cut a hole to take the template out then shape the bowl. There was more to this process but I am leaving a bit out - this is only to give a general idea. To know more, you need to go to one of Pam's workshops.
What I like is the ever changing process of the felting. I never know how it is going to turn out. I have a general idea but I always get pleasantly surprised.