I have been working on a new tunic dress, this is how far I have gotten today. When finished I will show you pictures. Yesterday, as I was doing something on my Flickr, I noticed how little images of my finished felted pieces I have posted since the summer. I have been very busy with other things, but the main reason is that I have been somehow ‘blocked’. As long as you are a maker, whatever you make, you will know how much thought/attention/time/samples it takes to materialize ideas. They deserve good pictures, not only technically, I feel the whole image should convey the mood which was on the mind of a creator. I have been thinking how I could improve my photos, but apart from overpainting the only plain wall which I use as a ‘backdrop’ I haven’t had any other ‘great’ ideas. If I take my stuff outside it will be sooner or later blown away to the North Sea :)…. till spring the inside will have to do. I have decided, though, not to worry about it anymore as it leads nowhere. I have got (many) pieces I need to take pics of and will just do my best of what is available.
As I was wetting the wool today I have discovered something I would like to share with you. I know felters who wear gloves to protect their hands as they are exposed to soapy water, sometimes for so long. I don’t use soap, only when rubbing the bubble wrap which covers the wool so that my hands can slide better. As there was no bubble wrap near me to cover wet merino I just grabed a clear plastic bag and with dry hands started to rub the surface. One side/layer stuck to the wet fibres while I was moving the other side/layer up and down. No water, no soap and apart from a bit of a scrunching noise it worked as well as if I rubbed the bubble wrap with soapy hands. The plastic bag doesn’t need to be big, bit by bit you can work all up to a pinch test in this way.