Indigo and felt

The rain stopped for a while yesterday afternoon, and the combined sunshine and wind finally gave me a chance to dry out some of the wetter items. The house still smells of damp carpet though.

The loss adjuster isn’t coming till next Wednesday, so I managed to find a quiet corner and escape from the chaos by working on some more samples, combining my two favourite techniques of felting and indigo.

First up I tried some ombre dyeing directly on one of the felt shell structures. This is not as subtle as it should have been – the wool takes up the indigo more easily than the cotton I’ve been using, and the depth of the shell is a bit shallow for a good gradient.

Then I made a couple of small nuno pots using cotton gauze and cotton muslin dyed using shibori techniques. The gauze in particular gives a lovely cobwebby effect.

I felt much better afterwards!

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6 thoughts on “Indigo and felt”

  1. Mmmm Kim, I can almost feel these, they looks wonderfully tactile and soothing. Sorry to hear about your home trials, hope all is sorted soon.

  2. Mmmmm Kim, these look lovely and tactile. My favourite is the middle one. Hope your house trials are sorted soon.

  3. Fab pots! I am really sorry to hear of your damp problems – the weather has been awful and you could really have done with a dry spell to help get everything dry.

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