|'Pretty Pixie' ~ wet felted|
(Design inspired by Maureen Harding,
Dreamspin Fibres, Campbellford)
Using this wet felting technique to create a hat has been a remarkable and wonderful experience for me. Hat felting has a sharp learning curve and I can see that it will take a lot of practice through experimentation to get where I want to go with it. Beside the fact that my first few attempts consisted of a lot of trial and error, which required creative patience (not my area of expertise!)... I was hooked. Wet felting is magic!
After beginning on my own using information from books, and gaining inspiration from Marjolein Dalinga (Bloomfelt, Montreal) who did a workshop at Rose Haven Farm Store last summer (where I now work part time)... I met Maureen Harding (Dreamspin Fibres, Campbellford), a lovely and talented teacher not far from where I live. Taking a felting course last fall with Maureen was a revelation. It seems that felting not only connects fibres, it also connects people and she has kindly inspired me with sage advice through email conversations filled with ideas and encouragement for which I am grateful.
|'Leonardo' ~ wet felted|
|'Leonardo' ~ top|
Although I have an arts background and studied at the Ontario College of Art (OCA back then....no D for Design until much later!)....textiles and fibre art were never on my radar. Later at York University, I was motivated to experiment with different mediums by Peter Kolisnyk, a wonderful art teacher and gifted artist...but I still hadn't discovered wool fibre. Through felting I have begun to push myself creatively in different directions which has made me more comfortable with experimentation. I love working in 3D! Felt, so warm and soft to the touch, is filled with endless possibilities and everyone needs a lovely warm hat.
|'Renaissance' ~ wet felted|
|'Renaissance' ~ top|
|'Shakespeare' ~ wet felted|
|'Shakespeare' ~ top|
|'Airie Fairie' ~ wet feltd|
(Design inspired by Maureen Harding)
|'Airie Fairie' ~ top|
|'Virginia Woolf'' ~ wet felted|
(Hat design inspired by Jannio - France)