Woah. It's challenging.
It's not quite what I was expecting, though I must say that I didn't really know what to expect. People love felt, and I am not a fan of touching the stuff. So I went in expecting to work on my own project while trying out new techniques. Oh... I was waaay off base! Instead, each student was to bring an unfinished project and give it up to be completed by someone else. That would most likely mean that I would have to finish someone else's felted work. My world shrank for a moment and I thought I was in the wrong place. lol I stayed, figuring, 'hey - this is a challenge. There must be a reason. I'm bound to learn many things.' My contribution was this nest I started.
The women who adopted it LOVED it and it is now all stitched and beaded and even has a different, more compact shape. Very fun. I showed up rather afraid of what I might 'get stuck with'. Out came the felt. The same woman, Elizabeth, who took on my nest held up a natural grey felted MASK. No kidding! "I LOVE THAT!" I squealed across the room. It was a relief of her own face, though through felting it, the face resembles a much older person. I saw an ancient spirit. I'm sorry I don't have 'before' photos. It was just the face with holes for eyes, and some frayed pieces swooshing off the sides of it. After a couple of 3 hr classes, here's how I finished it!
Pretty different for me! There are yarns, crochet cotton, metalics, feathers, wood beads, and the backing is a cut piece of a sweater. I actually enjoyed felting. I even own felting needles now. That was kind of an accident though. Haha. I borrowed Emma's felting tool and SMASHED two of her needles after 30 seconds of felting, so I went out to buy her more over the weekend.
Last, but not least, here is proof to my husband that it's not 'duct tape'. It is in fact, DUCK TAPE! lol
|Come on honey. Say it! Say, "you were right dear". : P|