One of the issues with being interested in various fiber art methods is keeping the needed supplies on hand in a useful manner. So, to that end, I set up this method of quickly being able to access my needle felting supplies without a search. Most of my roving is in this container, 5 inch square black wool squares are precut for the surface, and my needles and felting surface are all available without taking up much space. Here they are on my couch in the sunroom, and if I’m not using them, they can be easily set aside and out of the way.
I’ve been sitting watching tv in the evening sometimes and working on these 5 inch squares. I’m hoping to accumulate a serious number of them before I combine them into a larger piece. Now that I’ve laid them out like this, I’m excited to see how they look together and where I might head with further feltings. I like this approach. I started with circles, started adding different sizes and colors, then drifted into curvy lines and more creative uses of the roving. I even braided roving and felted that to the surface! I like being able to grab the supplies and create in wool at a moments notice.
Recently I was motivated to create some other hand felted pieces which I turned into tubular art. I can see possibilities for this approach too. Here’s some of those pieces sitting on a cabinet in my weaving space. The tallest is no more than 8 inches, and the greatest diameter is probably about 2 inches, most are smaller. Imagine making these tubes even smaller and creating
a necklace or stringing them for a garland. Or a belt? Possibilities become clearer when I’m in the mindset of drifting and not preplanning.