One of the joyful objects I get into making are the fibre felted wool bowls, they attract almost anyone with the fibre texture, bright candy colors, and dense mass of the item in hand. I always joke around “holds water for about half a second” “great for things like keys at the front door, or rings on the counter” something soft and useful.
To make the Bowl, I use a dry felting method around a form, then a vigorous wet felting, shocking the ball of wool in ice cold water at times, then when still wet, I snip it with very sharp scissors to release the form inside. Once released, I stuff my hands into the centre and wet felt again vigorously with very soapy hot water while pulling and tugging the opening of the bowl. Once pleased with the shape, I set to dry. Then, more “dry” or “needle” felting in the accenting colors – adding a design for decoration.
The needles used are very sharp, with barbs that catch at the wool in the process of stabbing the item in the making… over and over again. It is a relatively enjoyable task to make this art, calming and delightful. As 2017 swings into summer, I am doing the work towards starting a new business where teaching my tricks, knowledge, with ability to share with entertainment & ease for my audience. Stay tuned, for opportunities to win amazing things if you offer me your feedback. Gratitude in Abundance L.W.Wilson