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