Phew – it is the end of March and it has been a busy month with a lot of time spent planning and running Workshops. I have had a great time and met some lovely people who have joined me in Needle felting an array of flowers, fairies, keyrings and bears. There has been many a unique make and I love the smile on someones face when they have started the session with “I will not be able to make that” and finishing with “I love it as they hold up their creation with pride”.
Printing Round The Block
During March we also found time to run our first Indian Block Printing workshop. The afternoon started with a short demonstration of how to load the water based paint to the block and then apply the right amount of pressure to get a good print.
In the bag
By the end of the session the group had perfected their technique and printed a range of cards, tea towels and their own tote bag to take their stash home. I got to take home all the blocks and paint trays to wash up….
Coming next month….
So with April approaching and the clocks going forward we will have brighter evenings, a perfect opportunity to attend one of our workshops near you.
Over the last few years I have had a growing interest in felting and taken more interest in where our wool is coming from. At country shows one of my favourite areas besides the Poultry is the sheep and the breed to recently catch my eye has been the Leicester Longwool.
This breed is now listed on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as Vulnerable along with the Lincoln Longwool. They are just so chic looking with their coat of curly hair that a lot of ladies would be pleased to have!.The breed produces a natural and white wool in colour but is also know to dye easily and great for felting projects.
Is it just me or do some sheep just give an aura of being chilled? The Leicester Longwool is known to have a docile nature and they always look to be calm and collected as they saunter around waiting for their twice yearly haircut.
Any way enough musing I am of to order some wool to add to my needlefelted sheep collection, might even make it a christmas hat..
As we approach the autumn term the last few weeks at Wobbly Pins headquarters have been somewhat hectic. – we managed to the child back to school safely with uniform and books intact and labelled and now we are suddenly approaching half term.
As I am writing this update I can see the trees outside my window in glorious colour and a lot of hues of brown green and gold, we may moan about the weather in the United Kingdom but I think autumn is my favourite season for the changes and colours that it brings.
The needle felting theme at the moment has definitely been autumnal and bordering on spooky as the evenings become darker quicker and we approach Halloween.
I have made a few pumpkins last week and this week will be finishing a few orders for witches- each with their own grumpy personality ready to fly off to a new home.
I am now off to make some pumpkin soup….and find that witch.