Saturday, July 3, 2010

A different creative adventure ...

Saturday 19th June saw me spend the day at the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair at Darling Harbour.  I caught public transport for the first time since moving back to Sydney and was at the fair just as the doors were opening.  I was like a bat out of hell running up and down the aisles in an attempt to find Wendy Bailye's Felt Studio stand, as I was adamant to get into one of her workshops and have a go at felting.  I made it and was booked in to make a scarf and a felt rose.

I also really wanted to do the Japanese Owl workshop, but by the time I got to the stand to book in, the class was already full.  I did, however, skulk around while the students were making their owls and have the technique firmly in my mind to create some of my own.

The time spent with Wendy Bailye and her team was incredibly rewarding.  After 2.5 hours I came away with lots of knowledge, a beautiful scarf and a rose ... and a bag of woollen fibre to put my new skills to practice at a later date.

For some reason, I wasn't sure if felting would be my thing ... how wrong I was.  The practice of placing the woollen and silk fibres into patterns onto the silk scarf and then the unhurried practice of rolling the silk and felt together whilst chatting to the other ladies was almost therapeutic.  Wendy and her team were all wonderfully patient with us and provided the proper techniques to produce a good quality output.

I had a fantastic time at the show and was so happy to have finally had a go at a different creative technique.

Here's the scarf ... no photography awards here!
A close up of some of the detail - a felt flower with silk fibres on top.
More of the detail - some swirls.
My felt rose - the 2 back layers are on black felt with red, grey & black fibres on top & the middle layer is on red felt with black & grey fibres on top.

"I cross all bridges with joy and ease. The "old" unfolds into wonderful new experiences. My life gets better all the time."
~Unknown~

4 comments:

Queen Of Toys said...

Lady Di,

Beautiful really beautiful. Looks like you totally enjoyed yourself.

Lucy said...

So pleased that you got to do your felting.
It is a lovely, therapeutic artform.
I have done felting with the fabulous Elizabeth Armstrong & couldn't believe what I created.
Hugs Lucy

artymarty said...

Hi Di
I did the same class on the Thursday. It was lovely fun. Your white scarf is lovely.
Martina

thekathrynwheel said...

Ooh these look beautiful :-) Was it wet felting? Glad you have found a bit of time for crafting. How is life in Sydney? Hope you have settled well into your new place. Bye for now x