I have recently been having a play with wet felting.
Firstly with Nuno felting where you use a base fabric and wet felt silk and open cotton fabrics onto it. They bond to the base fabric and you end up with a beautiful fabric that you can use for a multitude of projects.
Secondly I had a go at wet felting a piece of raw Lincoln
Longwool fleece. The fibres felted together through a process of massaging them with hot water and soap to end up with a lovely thick pad of fleece. This piece isn't finished yet and I intend to make a cushion pad with it and comb the fleece to produce a soft and fluffy finish to it.
And lastly I had a go at wet felting a picture. I chose to have a go
at Katsushika Hokusai's 'The Great Wave'.
This is my interpretation and I am thrilled how it turned out.
Wool is so versatile and durable.
It is a planet-friendly fibre - sheep are part of the natural carbon cycle, consuming the organic carbon stored in plants and converting it into wool.
There was much to be done and little available funds to do it.
So I thought I would put together a Celebrity Recipe Book.
I contacted several people and Gary was only to happy to help. He came across as a real gentleman gave us a recipe for a Bread and Butter Pudding.
We had a wonderful selection of contributors to our book
- Gary, Aled Jones, Barbara Dickson, Anthony Worrell-Thompson, Geoff Capes, Jim Sutcliffe, Rachel Green, Kate Allen, Colin McCurran, Rob Underwood, Suzie Blackmon and Pam Rhodes ( who had come to the centre to record an episode of 'Songs Of Praise'), along with numerous volunteers.
At one stage the Heavy Horse Centre had some retired shire horses from Whitbread Brewery and they kindly donated some money, along with some generous donations from individuals, towards the publication cost.
The finished book was well received and copies are still available at the centre or online.
Last week at Heckington Show the Lincolnshire Guild of Spinners and Weavers were battling with the mud.
The Revesby Show one week later was bathed in sunshine.
We have our own marquee at Revesby and members from all over the county come together to spin and weave and showcase our skills.
This is an electric spinning wheel. A modern take on the traditional wheel. Very useful if you have arthritic knees or foot problems. They can come with a battery pack, which enables you to use away from an electrical supply (ie in the middle of a field at RevesbyShow!)
Earlier this year I found this lovely little spinning wheel in a very sorrowful state in the back of an antique shop.
Dirty, broken and very unloved, but almost complete.
I have done some research on it and it appears to be French and about a hundred years old. I am amazed that it is made completely out of wood and leather, apart from the metal spindle through the wheel and you can see that that has been handmade.
Well my husband lovingly dismantled it, cleaned it, repaired it, fed it with linseed oil and made me a couple of spools. They are quite small and I only had one with it. Now I can spin and ply with it.
So this month it had its first public outing to my Guild meeting.
Last weekend while doing some shopping in Lincolnshire I visited an antique shop and found this little beauty.
22 inches high and fully working. It is in need of some TLC but otherwise a cracking little find.
It has been well used in its life as the pedal is worn to the right indicating the constant use of the right foot. The only metal is the pin that the wheel turns on and all the nuts and bolts are handmade out of wood.
I have done some research and it appears to be of French origin. I found this photograph of a French lady dating the mid 1800's using a wheel that looks almost identical.
At the moment it is undergoing some loving care and attention and I look forward to using it we we do demonstrations.