Sunday, February 15, 2009

Nuno felting

I have been dyeing silk every time I dye a batch of wool or mohair in order to have a variety of colors available for nuno felting. Almost all but the red/pinks are gone, so I am hitting the dye pot again tomorrow.
I was talking to the felters on Saturday about mistakes and how they can turn out to be useful or modified to work in other ways. I made a felted bowl over a ball a long time ago. It ended up having a hole that I did not want to fix, so I finally gave it to the ferret last summer. He wore it out, so I took a clutch purse that was too stiff to close properly and gave it to him a few days ago. I happened to see him in it yesterday, so I took a photo. He was totally inside it at one point. He is probably feeling the cold.
I had three ladies drive down to do nuno felting on Saturday. Their shawls all turned out beautifully. I do want to point out that all three of them picked colors that they were wearing. It is most obvious in the one on the far right. They are all much more colorful than they appear in the photo. Arizona sunlight is very harsh!
If you have read this far, I also wanted to say that I lost Latte yesterday. I used to think that it was great to have animals that gave triplets. Since I have lost two to ketosis now, I have revised my opinion.I would be happier with single or twin births that are healthier. I talked to the vet and know that I did what could be done reasonably, but it does not make it any easier. Latte was five years old and pretty laid back. She had become very friendly, so it is hard to see her go. Her daughter, Almond Joy, must know and understand, because she is staying away from the rest of the herd.
Barbara is due any time now. She has full udders and is not giving any signs of stress,, so I am praying that all will go well. So far, it has not been a very good baby season.

1 comment:

Rosey said...

So sorry to hear about Latte! I was just working with some of Cappuccino's fleece yesterday and thinking about the coffee year.

Rosey