So I’m back to remember that I also entered one more item in the member’s exhibit not to be judged. So what did I spend that time on?
I used my own Gulf Coast sheep wool and crocheted a sweater from AUSTENtatious Crochet by Melissa Horozewski. I decided to give a shot at the Becoming Jane Sweater. Now once again it was me doing this and it didn’t all come out close to what the picture is like. Hmmm… What is up? Well, like I just said, it was me doing it. But despite not getting the neckline right or that the top of the shoulders don’t cup up like they are supposed to, It really isn’t that bad.
After I finished the crocheting, I decided to try dyeing this contraption of a sweater that I am really going to need to loose some weight to wear. I settled on ice dyeing with Rit Dyes. Something I could get easily enough and give this a try. Oh dear me oh my!! Now don’t ask me to demonstrate or tell how this is done. I did learn how not to do it. And the next time (if such were to happen), I do know a lot of things to do differently. But all in all, I still created a dyed sweater. In actuality, I like the back of it better than the front. The front took most of the dye and the back was just more scattery. But the front is growing on me. It is not at all as I thought I was going to create but something not to be thrown away either.
Now on to one class I took. my first class was on needle felting. I figured we would be doing something small, about 4″x4″, in the space of time that we had in class. Figured though to have some fun and learn. But boy was I wrong. We were suppose to bring pictures and ideas for what we wanted to create. I had two very different ideas but after talking to the teacher, I settled on trying to recreate a picture of Heavenfield up on Hadrian’s Wall. Mark and I spent an anniversary trip up on the wall and stayed at a B&B on a sheep farm right next door to this field. (Side note the farm house and buildings had been built out of stone from the wall.)
In this field in 633 or 634 there was a battle between Oswald of Bernicia and Cadwalon ap Dadfan of Gwynedd. An important in Northumbria history and English history. Today there is a wood cross at the road and back up in the field the St. Oswald’s Church.
Now this came out pretty good and notice it isn’t a 4″x4″. The teacher, Karla Herre, had a “felting loom”. We got to make large pieces on backing she already had made. We created our pictures on front in layers. Then ran it through the felting loom. Then added more and hand needle felted bits in so that they would stay in place when going through the mega needles machine. It was a lot of fun and I still have some things I’m going to do with it. The church could use some help especially. But the sky could use a bit more help and the cross has issues not noticed in this picture. Is the picture like that photograph. Not totally. The cross is at the road so not in the field as it looks here. But I also added some red flowers for a little punch of color and no such thing in reality.
So I have been working on fiber of late and need to get some more things done but with so many irons in the fire to keep using or maybe so many balls in the air to keep up there, I will have to see. Right now I really need to clean up my room and space. Like I really need to. So should I get on it or back at one of those irons?