The most complex piece demonstrated in Violette Amendola‘s workshop was called Metamorphosis. Nobody had time in the three days to get very far with this – some of us didn’t even start! 🙂 But I’ve now made the piece at home.
As someone who does quite a lot of fiddly felt, I have to say this was one of the fiddliest pieces I’ve done. It’s a tricky balance of getting the different components to the stage where they will not felt to themselves but will still felt each other.
It’s certainly not perfect. Violette’s sample was made entirely in merino – I used two different wools. The turquoise is short fibre merino, while the green is a mix of 50% merino and 50% Steinschaf.
Like the Valais Blacknose, Steinschaf was another wool that was new to me. It’s a bit denser than Valais Blacknose so again is very good for structural pieces such as vessels. It’s quite hairy but less so than, say, Norwegian or Icelandic. And the hairiness hides a multitude of sins that would be more apparent in merino. 🙂
Naturally it’s a dark grey colour, but the merino mix colours sold at Vrou Volle are lovely and subtle.
I love how this piece rotates through itself, like the kaleidocycle, creating different forms. I learnt a lot when making it, and have ideas for how to adapt the shape when I make it again. But it might be a while! 🙂