The form is in the fulling

12 petals 1

At first glance, this latest piece looks as if it could be a development in the armadillo project. In fact, it was made using a completely different technique. It’s another AFOT EUWA.

I started out with the idea of making a ridged vessel, like a gourd, using a book resist. I first came across this type of resist at the workshop I did in France with Maria Friese, and I’ve used it a couple of times since to make felt boxes. There’s a brilliant tutorial by Teri Berry on the Felting and Fiber Studio for this technique.

Finished piece with resist
Finished piece with resist

With 12 “pages” in this book resist, it was a bit of a challenge to lay out and felt so many layers. But once the piece had felted and I removed the resist and started to full it, it transformed from a vessel into something else.

12 petals 2

Partly this was because I hadn’t laid enough wool over the two ends – with so many layers this was quite tricky to do. So there were holes at both ends, which is obviously no good for a vessel. 🙂

12 petals 4

And partly it was because the process of fulling itself opens up so many different possibilities as you bend, fold, stretch and twist the felt to reach all the different parts.

12 petals 5

And maybe it was partly because subconsciously I’m still in armadillo mode, so still in love with the curling/unfurling effect. 🙂

12 petals 6


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19 thoughts on “The form is in the fulling”

  1. Wow, that looked a fiddly project but great result. It’s good to put a name to a process and AFOT EUWA is one a lot of us can identify with!

  2. What a beautiful outcome – thanks for sharing something of the process of reaching it. Amazing!

  3. I love it! I had the same problem with the ends when I did one of these. Yours looks like it was meant to be that way, just make it a design feature 🙂

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