A good friend mentioned that she was interested in felting. That’s all, just mentioned it.
Somehow, that word bore into my head like a nail hammered into a board. I became temporarily fixated on felting. However, I can’t wear wool, so I was zeroing in on places where artists were making nuno felt (after ascertaining that it wasn’t itchy like felt because of the fabric backing, a “fact” which I haven’t tested myself yet).
Here’s is a smattering of what I found. I could only search for an hour, so I am sure there are thousands more sites, and I do spend time reading the blurbs, for quality control.
I would incorporate felting into my work, or if I want to invest in a whole new set of tools. But I am thinking about it. Oh, and for part of the search I added Ontario to my search string, because I wanted to find out who was teaching felting around me.
Threads in time: In Ontario, and has 40 colours of wool roving.
The Fibre Artists Collective: gorgeous header. Ausma Clappisonis experimenting with ancient and modern felt making techniques.She has a cape in her gallery lined with ultrasuede (no direct link).
Needle Felting: Broaches and Baubles with Andrea Graham: There is a year-round education and retreat centre in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve in Southeastern Ontario called Wintergreen Studios. Andrea Graham is a feltmaker who is teaching there at present. I really like her work. She has a blog, as well, and her site led me to The International Feltmakers Association.
I have MANY more links, but supper calls.
I will say that I have dabbled with the idea of getting into felting for years. It has always appealed to me as a fluid way of making clothing, hat, hangings, especially since I stumbled across nuno felting. I believe Polly Stirling originated that idea (Wild Turkey Felt Makers) and her wearables are awe inspiring. She has a Walkabout Vest pattern and a Hand Felt Yardage book available.
PS-Two painting starts are drying. They will be tomorrow’s post.