I finally had some time to continue working on the art-in-progress also called a scarf. I blogged about this about a week or so ago. I have to tell you, needle felting is oddly addictive and weirdly useful for venting because you are repeatedly pounding the needles in this little handy tool into the silk. The roving sits on top of the silk and you smash and smash and smash it into the silk to blend the fabrics together.
It’s a straight up-and-down motion (so you don’t bend the needles) with the brush positioned below your workspace. So, the positioning of the materials in order from bottom to top is this:
- a cloth (to protect my table from misses :-))
- a brush, which defines my workspace
- the silk, which is my canvas so to speak
- some roving
- the needle tool
I position the bits and pieces of roving where I want them on my silk canvas and pound away.
… and as I said, it’s oddly addictive. You can go on and on and there’s so much roving in this kit, that you could quite literally cover the entire silk scarf if you like.
I spread it out on the table to take some pictures of it. On one end, I’ve got a trailing vine of flowers:
… which lead to the other end of the scarf which looks like something from my memory for some reason, but I can’t put my finger on it. Perhaps it will come to me.
I wish now that I had steamed the scarf before starting. Those fold wrinkles are starting to bug me. I’ll try pressing it soon. I hung it on a hanger so you can see how it looks that way as well.
I have to say that this is one of the best darned examples of ‘never waste anything’ I’ve ever seen. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about marketing lately and one of the things that I’ve noticed is this implementation of not wasting. For example, spent coffee grounds which are offered to people for their gardens, or the ends home-baked breads placed in a bowl as taste-teasers, and I’m sure there are more examples as well. This little needle felting kit includes an impressive amount of roving that would otherwise have been tossed out.
I love this idea. Never waste anything.