Tuesday, August 09, 2005

MAFA Felting projects & WIPs

I did take pictures of the felting projects that I did at MAFA, finally, and will now show them to show that I actually came away with more than tiny little sample skeins from the Patsy Z classes.

I decided to take a 3 hour felting class on Friday afternoon, because knew I would be doing lots of spinning in the rest of my classes. I chose one that promised exposure to a number of ways to felt, with some small finished projects. The teacher was Ruth Walker, who does wonderful felted hats and other accessories as well as teaching. I have 3 finished items from the class-

The one on the left is a pincushion (needles are stuck in it) and the smaller one is a ball, with a bell in the center, so it jingles when rolled or shaken. These were made by putting the fiber together with the embellisments, stuffing in a stocking toe, and putting them through progressively rougher washing machine agitations.

This is a small bag that was wet-felted on a form, then finished with hand felting on a textured surface (otherwise known as a dish drainer). It's a good size to hang from a wheel holding a bottle of spinning oil.
Martha asked about WIPs (I prefer to call them this rather than UFOs, I just can't think that UFOs sound like they have much of a chance of ever getting finished). I don't really ever count these up, but I will give it a try-
  • 3 , no 4 pairs of socks, two pair about half finished, one needs to have a sewn bind-off done on the second sock, and one needs to have the toes finished on both
  • 1 Fair Isle Bag - about 1 1/2 inches knitting left, then dealing with yarn ends (hundreds of ends, because there are 7 different colors in the bag)
  • 2 cardigan-style sweaters, one 1/2 done, the other done except that one arm needs to be lengthened an inch, then both need to be assembled
  • 1 Aran pullover, sleeves and body up to armholes, sleeves need to be attached and sweater knitted up to neck and finished
  • 1 gansey, body done, sleeves need to be picked up and knitted down
  • 1 sweater for DH, sleeves and back finished
  • 1 baby sweater (no intended recipient, just knitting ahead), one half done
  • 1 diagonal scarf from Morehouse lace-weight, very boring, I will probably frog this one and re-start in a more interesting pattern

Really, this isn't as bad as I thought! A total of 12 things, and I am actively working on the bag, if I finish this and then frog the Morehouse Merino it will be down to 10. I should be able to get it down to 5 or six by the end of the month, and then it will feel as if everything's back under control.


Blogger claudia at countrywool said...

Your project list is not too bad. Just keep at it. I loved the felted oil bag for the wheel!

7:20 AM, August 10, 2005  
Blogger Martha said...

Great list, honey. Claudia is right: it's not bad at all!
Ditto her tho't re the little felted bag - cool colors too.

11:13 AM, August 10, 2005  
Blogger Jennifer said...

The felted objects look awesome!

I have great respect for you being able to keep all of your projects going ~ I tend to forget where I am on WIP's, even when I write it down ... ugh.


12:12 PM, August 12, 2005  

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