A few weeks ago I was indulgently scrolling through Pinterest, as you do, and came across a ceramic vase with a pretty, colourful pattern around its rim.
This inspired an experiment to see if I could achieve a similar efffect in felt…..
I made a collection of cords in different colours, cut them to rougly the same length and sandwiched them between 4 layers of wool tops.
These were felted to the prefelt stage before cutting into strips and laying out on 2 more layers of wool:
Then covered with 2 more layers of wool before felting to the firm prefelt stage.
I wanted to shape it into a bowl, so draped it over a hat block and rubbed it vigorously to make the sides shrink onto the shape of the block,
The colours from the cut ropes were already migrating through even after a few minutes of rubbing.
After lots more rubbing and a trim it was holding it’s shape well.
I had always intended to shave the finished bowl bring out the colours in the spots but found shaving hasn’t made that much difference to the colour intensity of the spots:
I am really pleased with the colourful effect from this experiment and will persist with the shaving.