100 Photos - May 18, 2015
Photo: choosing colours of merino woolPhoto: choosing colours of merino woolPhoto: laying down the first layer of fibresPhoto: laying down first layer of fibresPhoto: second layer of fibres in contrasting colourPhoto: pouring on the soapy waterPhoto: on left - second layer of fibres - centre, rubbing through the bubblewrapPhoto: soapy water, bubblewrap and rubbingPhoto: felting table set up at standing height ready to start work on day 2Photo: arranging the first layer of white merino fibres for the backgroundPhoto: laying down the second layer of white fibresPhoto: laying down the second layer of white fibresPhoto: fingertip testing to check that the fibre layers are an even thicknessPhoto: choosing some fancy yarns to add texture to the background feltPhoto: arranging some decorative fibres and yarns to add texturePhoto: putting a sheet of organza on top of the fibres so they don't move about when we pour on the soapy waterPhoto: pouring on the first few litres of warm soapy waterPhoto: towels on the floor to catch the drips of soapy water seeping out from under the bubblewrapPhoto: spreading soapy water through the fibresPhoto: tucking the fluffy edges underneath so that we have smooth edgesPhoto: everything stops for tea!!!Photo: threading small gold sequins onto fine merino wool yarn so they can get felted in with our fishPhoto: we changed our minds about the position of all the cut-outsPhoto: final decision on arrangement of our knotwork cut-outsPhoto: arranging our shoal of fishPhoto: fish swimming through the knotwork "nets"Photo: adjusting the knotwork cut-outsPhoto: All the cut-outs arranged ready for felting onto the backgroundPhoto: positioning the cut-outs and removing their supporting bubblewrapPhoto: snipping through the top layer of colour to expose the darker colour below to create our desired knotwork effectPhoto: positioning the fish through the knotwork "nets"Photo: we took the top layer of bubblewrap off to take a look at progressPhoto: lots of rubbing to fully felt our cut-outs onto the background piecePhoto: turning over the felt so we can rub some more on the backPhoto: lots of rubbing with the felt upside downPhoto: a final sqeeze to get rid of the soapy waterPhoto: admiring our handiwork at the end of day 2Photo: end of day 2 - rolling up the felt to squeeze out as much soapy water as we couldPhoto: hanging up in the garage to drip-dry at the end of the dayPhoto: lots of rubbing with soapy water and bubblewrapPhoto: threading gold sequins onto fine merino yarnPhoto: arranging the stencils so we can start needlefelting the lettersPhoto: we pinned through the stencils to keep them in place while we workedPhoto: Wendy shows one of the members of the friendship club how to needlefelt round the Celtic knotwork designsPhoto: end of day 3 - the text is almost finished and some of the knotwork is taking shapePhoto: showing a visitor what is involvedPhoto: the writing is taking shape - the first word finished was actually the last.Photo: Our core group worked on the needlefelting while the rest of the club had their normal meeting.Photo: the words are growing - about half way through at this stagePhoto: the pile of broken needles is growing!Photo: a bit tight for space as we all try to work on the letteringPhoto: adding lines of needlefelting around hte edges of the cut-outs creates the Celtic knotwork lookPhoto: needlefelting more lettersPhoto: the stencils are made of translucent vinyl and quite difficult to seePhoto: tea-break timePhoto: needlefelting through plastic stencils to make the letteringPhoto: finishing off the needlefelted letteringPhoto: The name of the boat was added with needlefeltingPhoto: checking the back to check the needlefelting was adequatePhoto: Jackie is adding detail to the shoal of fish while Sheena adds borders to the knotwork panels to bring out hte "overs & unders" detailPhoto: Needlefelted detail on each fish swimming through the knotwork "nets"Photo: everyone working hard to finish the needlefelting on the knotwork panelsPhoto: Jackie and Sheena are so keen they don't want to stop at the end of the day!Photo: the dark borders bring out the detail of hte knotwork showing the "over & under" effect typical of Celtic knotworkPhoto: Lewie needlefelts the boat registration numbers and letters onto the sail.Photo: Needlefelted letters and numbers on the sail identify the boatPhoto: With all the cross-over points in place it was easier to follow the lines and add all the detail to the knotworkPhoto: Moira is getting confused because of the fish swimming through the knotworkPhoto: the end of day 4 - just a little more needlefelting detail to addPhoto: spreading bubblewrap over the felt ready for more rubbingPhoto: we needed some gulls flying around hte fishing boat - Jackie needlefelted them in placePhoto: everyone had to get a photo of the finished piecePhoto: spreading bubblewrap on the table ready to have the felt placed on topPhoto: Completing evaluation forms for the main funding body - Heritage Lottery FundPhoto: all the needlefelting finished - just need to do the final rubbing and rollingPhoto: finishing off the detail with needlefeltingPhoto: finishing off the detail with needlefeltingPhoto: making sure we have the correct detail on the Zulu fishing boatPhoto: Some letters were thinner than others so we added a bit more wool with needlefeltingPhoto: needelfelting from the back to secure everything in placePhoto: a final check on the backPhoto: needlefelting more detailPhoto: spreading out the felt prior to wetting and rubbingPhoto: pouring on lots of soapy water - about 10 litresPhoto: spreading another layer of bubblewrap on topPhoto: lots of rubbing to make sure all the detail is fully felted in placePhoto: turning over the wet felt to rub on the frontPhoto: rubbing through the bubblewrap with lots of soapy waterPhoto: working up a lather with all our rubbingPhoto: tea-break - having a well-earned restPhoto: rolling up the felt to squeeze out the soapy waterPhoto: squeezing out as much soapy water as we can - as much went on the floor as in the bucket!Photo: rolling the felt up in a bamboo mat prior to millingPhoto: Team 1 - 100 rolls back and forth from one end - the start of the milling processPhoto: Team 2 - 100 rolls from the other endPhoto: Team 3 - 100 rolls from one sidePhoto: Team 4 - 100 rolls from the other sidePhoto: pinning a fabric tube on the back so we can hang up the feltPhoto: Didn't we do well!  The felt panel is finishedPhoto: The finished felt - just needs the soap rinsed out