12.10.2012

A day with friends, fibers and felt

Last Saturday I spent the day with a great group of friends...and a huge pile of felt!  Five of us piled into my friend Sue's van and headed over to Port Townsend for an afternoon with Frances Clements Fawcett, making felted slippers.





As a child, I remember getting a new pair of knitted slippers each Christmas...my mom was an incredible knitter...and though I love wool and fiber, there is something about knitting that just never clicked with me...

So when I heard that my artist friend Frances offered these great workshops to make wool slippers that you created from felted wool sweaters, I was eager to go...












Frances is a gifted textile artist and has developed her own technique for making custom felted slippers...here she is explaining the differences of yarn...

The class started with drawing a pattern of our foot...choosing a top and side pattern piece...and then selecting from the big pile of sweaters, deciding what combination of color and textures would comprise each slipper...





so there was cutting...













and hand-sewing...















and fitting...
as well as gabbing...
and drinking tea...
and eating gingerbread...








Some of the slippers in progress...

At the end of the class, we each received a booklet with patterns, outlining all the steps for making the slippers...which will come in handy since I did not finish my pair (too much tea drinking and gabbing I guess!) 
If you want to take a class or purchase a pattern for your own slippers, information is  available here - http://francesclementsfawcett.com/shop.html#!/~/category/id=2911780&offset=0&sort=normal
 
 
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5 comments:

  1. I love these too. Everything you make is fun and spirited and usually in a medium I'm not familiar in working with. This time the fibers, sweater to slipper project is definitely something I will make. You are truly the queen of recycle/reuse/relove! Oh and I still love those coasters. hint hint!

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  2. How fun are these, my friend who is a weaver makes felted wool slippers, just the best. xox

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  3. can i tell you, that your story about mom being a knitter and every year i joyously anticipated a new pair of beautiful slippers, could be my own story. and i too, was never interested in learning the skill . . . and to this day i am a bit sad that i do not know how to knit. so i end up buying knitted slippers at annual xmas craft fairs whenever i see them.
    felted slippers! what fun!

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  4. I love them! I once tried to make a felted purse and failed miserably. I can only knit scarves! Have a great day!

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