I just spent the last week making balls as well! hahahaha I had never done balls before, but my son got as a present some kyrgys balls and I can't fugure out how is it that they are so hard and supposedly they don't have anything inside. SO I've been trying with a some toy filling inside, and a styrophome... and still not looking good... pure wool?? felting each layer and building up like that? You've got great balls hahahaha so colorful!
I use a stuffing quality wool for the inside and wrap it with cotton to hold it all together. Then I needle felt a colour all over, then I needle felt on the decorations. Then it gets wet felted.
wow! well, worth the work, they look beautiful. Do you have a shop Pam, or too much work already with your classes and stuff?I thought you were ducth at first, because of your last name...which in dutch means "The Great"... so you are Pam The great felter... :)
Ha. No I married the dutch name. He was born here too though. I sell my work through a co-op Here in the mountains and another gallery in Sydney. I also do the odd big fair (market). With my classes this keeps me busy enough.
Hi Pam, I found your name on Teresa's blog. As like florcita I thought you were a dutchie. Well I'am. Seems you have the same interest - Andy goldsworthy is a great artist, I have two books of him. And you have done a workshop with Judit Pocs - your hats are great btw - I have been twice to her workshops. Did you know she is since February this year mother of a new-born babygirl? You have a great feeling for using vibrant colours. And India is one of my favourites at this moment - today I have packed again two bundles for steaming, experiment with grass and bark. And last but not least I love felting. I will be one of your followers under the name of fontainefleurie, the name of our second home in France. But you will find my creativity experiments on www.dovadi.web-log.nl/fiberfusing.
So BEAUTIFUL,I also love the bags you made. Do you sell the directions?
No I hadn't really thought to. It is made on a resist though.
I've been wanting to make some of these - it's on my huge list of fibre explorations to do! They look fun and so colourful - I could imagine making egg-shaped ones for an Easter basket! Thanks for sharing how you make them. I think your beautiful work needs to get published - with instructions!
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