Two Plates

Currently, there are two projects pulling my attention in separate directions with equal force. In preparation for teaching a nunofelt workshop in my studio last week, I felted four nunofelt garments. Starting with a well fitting piece I own, I created a paper template, then sized it up based on the shrinkage rate of a sample swatch to create a large plastic template.

The result was this piece which fits me to a tee. I loved being able to make small adjustments to the fit, felting a little longer under the arms and across the back until it fit me perfectly.

Working with this template as a departure point, I made a rosewood version two sizes larger. Continuing to work with the same template, I felted a red and black vest, slit open in the front. The last piece was a black and plum asymetrical vest with a triangle front slit. There are dozens of variations floating around in my brain I can’t wait to try.

Incidentally, the mannequin is standing in front of a painting by Robin Siegl, one of the enthusiastic students in last week’s nunofelt workshop. If you are interested in taking a nunofelt workshop, the particulars are listed on the Classes page.

However, this weekend I brought a trunk full of wool back from the Lopez Lamb and Wool Festival. Since buying three fleeces from Island Fibers in February, I’ve been waiting anxiously to get my hands on some more raw wool. Three Romneys, and a Cotswold and four Rambouillet crosses later, my trunk was full on the ride home with fifty pounds of wool.

With so much to do and less than four weeks left in the school year, I’m offering a work/trade proposal to any willing hands available to work as my assistant for a day in my studio. Come felt with me and I will teach you the process and pay you in SpiderFelt credit to be used towards anything in my shop.

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4 Responses to “Two Plates”


  1. 1 Kristin @ Intrepid Murmurings Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Ah! If I had three less preschoolers to tend to, I would so take you up on this offer! Alas! Good luck! That is an amazing piece — so cool that you can get it to fit so perfectly!

  2. 2 Kate Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I am mostly a knitter who does a tiny bit of spinning and felting. I’d love to be your assistant for a day and learn something new.

  3. 3 anne Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I love the design on this — it’s very flattering for most figures (as the skirt you showed in another post). Hmmm… I think it’s time I took a nuno class at my LYS in Tempe, AZ!

  4. 4 Kathy Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    So fun to see your work. Absolutely beautiful!


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