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Monday, August 24, 2009

Optim + Dyepot = great colour











I tried felting some optim fibre the other day. Not the most pleasant of fibres to work with. It has a tendency to fly up your nose and almost work it's way into your pores. It is also quite staticky.
It takes a bit longer to felt but the end product is definitely very soft.
I dyed the two pieces with eucalypt and onion skins and the colour response was quite intense. One was a single layer nuno piece and the other 2 layers of fibre alone.

13 comments:

florcita said...

I've never worked with optim. And after your description, I don' t know if I feel like having fibres up my nose! hahaha I do love the colors and designs you get in your dyes. And that brooche there...to die for!

yvette said...

I don't know what optim is, but your colours are wonderfull again!

love
yvette

Angela said...

Bellissimi!! In Italian means wonderful! I love the last one, bright colours, nice mix,great design. Brava!

Anne said...

Beautiful colours!

Pam are you doing any more felting workshops for beginners?

I wanted to do one of your work shops things are been a bit busy here with the move the new place was a bit dirty been doing lots of cleaning.
We are still settling in been lots of changes here including schools.
:)

Pam de Groot said...

Optim is merino wool where the fibres have been stretched. It means the scales are a smoother which is why it is harder to felt.Thankyou for your comments everyone. Anne I will be doing another one soon. I will let you know when.

Leisurely Lesley said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Yvonne said...

What gorgeous colours and patterns, Pam!

ingermaaike said...

Oh yes the optim takes dye like silk and feels like silk but then you can felt with it. I love to combine it with other wool and then dye, great effects!

Your wrap is totally awesome, wish you could come and teach me some :-D

Jasmine said...

Wow, I thought your goddess outfit and head dress was the best that felt could get, but here you are with more stunning work.

OliTa said...

Absolutely great dye job ! Love the colours !

Ladka said...

Lovely colours and patterns! I like the first scarf even more for its warm, sunny colours.

dorie said...

the design is so wonderfull - I love these colours, they are my favourite!

Wendy said...

Lush colours Pam. I love it!

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