Saturday, 29 September 2012

What a great day! Yes, I know. The rain did put a damper on it for most of you. But I was at the Gaspereau Fibre Barn at a felting workshop. Love that place. They have 2 new llamas and 1 has a new babe in the barn. Baby llamas have a funny name. I can't remember what it is. Look it up, will you? Purl the cat was in attendance. Several chickens tried to prevent my departure and had to be escorted to safety. Love that place.

We learned to felt leaves on silk chiffon. It wasn't as hard as I thought it might be, and the instructors were excellent.  A good time was had by all! I am not good at picking colours, but it didn't seem to matter. Everyone went in different colour directions and it all seem to work well. First you carefully pull fluff in leaf sized bundles. Then you roll tips on each end and fatten up one side. You place leaves all over the silk in what you hope will be a workable arrangement. Then you soap it up carefully, sandwich it in plastic and the smooshing begins. Much smooshing and turning and rolling later (involving bubble wrap and boot trays and the occasional orbital sander) the leaves had felted into the silk and it was a done deal. The scarf shrinks about 30 cm before you're done.

I love it. I picked up supplies and plan to try things again.


  1. According to Wikipedia, a cria (pronounced /kriː.ə/) is the name for a baby camelid such as a llama, alpaca, vicuña, or guanaco.

    It's probably correct, but bear in mind when trusting Wikipedia that Gord's coworkers once spent an entire day editing and re-editing (and eventually being banned from editing) the Walrus page to say that the plural of walrus was "walrii."

  2. As you know I LOVE everything felt. What a great Project! Well Done!

  3. I do remember someone mentioning a cria, but it flew over my head. Thanks!