December 16, 2009

Not Holly Green

I  just had to show you these beautiful colors.  I know this season has theme colors but I had to show you these rich merino wool fibers before they became entangled together into fabric.
My friend Theresa Clowes whose work can be found at  gave a felted scarf workshop at Platte Forum in Denver.
What a peaceful afternoon spent with interesting people as they carefully selected colors which appealed most to them  . Watching the participants interact with these luscious textural colors and then to see a variety of color patterns emerge was fascinating. I will share a few with you here.
We laid fiber out on a polyester film and then rolled it up, immersing the roll in hot water and gently twisting and turning making the hairs of the wool bond together.
The completed piece was an open lace scarf about four feet in length. Now I am thinking about all these twining and open shapes. I knew you would enjoy these colors!


Eugenie Torgerson said...

These are lovely, and the process sounds meditative and intuitive. Will you continue? Can you use other fibers?

Carole Buschmann said...

Wool fibers are really good because they have little hairs on them which twist together. It is the same process as when you have shrunk a sweater. But the Mongolians have used this method to make their Yurts. I'll have to find you a web site I saw.

Eugenie Torgerson said...

Thanks. Let's build a yurt someday!

Carole Buschmann said...

We will need a horse and a field plus of course a herd of goats or sheep. Keep your eyes open


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