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    I just had to share the amazing wool store that my lovely husband has built for me in my studio at home! It's my big chance to be organised :-)



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    After a good rinsing outside with the hosepipe, it's taken over a week to get the rug dry enough to handle - making something this size in the middle of winter isn't ideal ;-) Initially, I put the rug on the garden table and used a rolling pin to remove the worst of the water. Once it was a little lighter, rolling it and standing it on end in a bucket allowed the rest of the water to drain away.


    And here is the finished item - all 42" x 43" of it!


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    SNAIL RUG 2 04 January 2017 | Comments (0)



    The next stage was to wet down and neaten up all the edges of the shapes. Applying water to such a thickness of wool does cause things to shift a little, however careful you are (using netting, adding a little water at a time, onto the back of the hand to spread the impact on the fibres etc). 


    To get the thing even slightly damp took quite a few a few watering canfuls of warm, soapy water! Eventually, with the help of lots of olive oil soap, the water began to penetrate through all the layers down to the bottom, and that was the time to start checking outlines and edges and generally repairing the damage caused by the flow of water on dry fibres. Everything went seriously wrinkly! It's easy to panic at this stage, but by just proceeding slowing, sorting out each section at a time and compressing the fibres down to remove the air, it does come together :-)


    I spent the day rubbing to secure everything until it passed the pinch test and I knew that the fibres were holding together enough to roll it around the cylinder from the machine. 


    However. I hadn't taken into account the fact that the piece was so thick - I've never made anything with so much fibres before - and as soon as I started to try and roll it, I realised that the back was completely loose, and it all started to come apart. And that's when desperation set in! The whole thing weighed a ton so I couldn't possibly flip it over to rub the reverse to stabilise it ... what to do? Eventually, I decided that if I carefully folded back the edges (onto a layer of plastic) as far as possible and rubbed those well, they would hold the whole thing together enough for me to roll it onto the cylinder - even though the centre section would still be very delicate. And it worked!



    To be continued ... 



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    SNAIL RUG 29 December 2016 | Comments (0)



    I've wanted to have a go at making a rug for a long time, and the rolling machines make it a far less scary project!


    Ever since using it as the inspiration for a lesson during my final teaching practice, I've had a soft spot for Matisse's The Snail.



    Piiku is the perfect wool for rug making: its strong and felts easily, and because of the great colour range, I didn't have to card my own colours!


    I made the component shapes to scale before heading off to Felt in the Factory. Working on 1.5kg of wool per square meter, I calculated that I'd need ... a lot of wool :-) Using undyed Bergshaf wool for the first few layers saved quite a bit of money, and I then covered that with a few layers of natural Piiku. I've never actually seen such a thick layout! It looked temptingly cosy - I wanted to burrow into it!


    Once the base was done, I laid the border and started to place the pieces down.




    To be continued...






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