Felting up a Storm

I learned to spin and weave over 30 years ago. I retired in 2013, joined Fibre Arts Network and began spinning, weaving, and felting up a storm!

It is such joy for me to delve into this passion again and I haven’t stopped. I am at home in my studio which is a beautiful, bright solarium! Spinning wheel and dyed wool. I obtain local fleece. Wash it, tease it, card it, sometimes dye it and then spin it!

I use a Mud River spinner because it has a large spindle and I can put a lot of woven wool on it. Same with felting. It takes me a day or so to felt and dye a lot of wool. Then I let my imagination go!

I gather stones, beads, feathers, wood and start to create images. A walk around Radium Hot Springs seeing Big Horn Sheep or a hike to Sinclair Creek, my favourite hike. The mountains are always close and always stunning… I start with felting pieces of coloured wool together… Raw felted mountainscapes. Then I add the detail… fancy stitches, wild flowers such as daisies, tansy and paintbrush.  

I like the four distinct seasons in our area. I like felting autumn leaves, foxgloves and daisies in spring and summer and bare snow covered trees in winter. My images are often three dimensional and the beading and detail are missed in photographs.


 

All pieces have been Scotch Guarded for protection. You just need to dust or wipe gently with a soft damp cloth.

If you are interested in purchasing or would like to know more, please contact info@columbiavalleyarts.com.