This is a bowl that is becoming popular at the Art Council of Southwest Florida Co-Op in Estero, Florida, where I am a member.
This bowl has many shades of blue and made of merino wool and silk. Each side has two layers and then embellishment is added.
I added darker blue colors at the lower half and light blue colors at the upper half of the bowl.
Colors used were aqua, turquoise and peacock.
I add a plastic lid to the middle of the top layer and add embellishing fibers around it. It keeps the border neat and definitive.
This is where I added silk fibers in different colors of blue. The silk is "tacked down" with wisps of wool as silk doesn't felt.
This is the bottom of the bowl. I am now added dark to light.
Then it is flipped over and the top is embellished.
To add texture, I rolled up different colors around a bamboo stick and cut into slices.
I added these with layers of silk and roving in between. The slices need to be covered with wisps of wool to help felt them.
Here is the bottom side of the bowl that is ready to felt now.
It takes me a lot of time to add the different colors but it turns out beautiful!
The plastic lid has been removed and the top layer is now ready to be felted.
Each side is felted for five minutes, turned over and the other side is felted, for a total of eight.
Then it is left to dry. Here in Florida, that doesn't take very long!
A balloon is blown up inside to keep it's shape while it dries.
and it's done!
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