When I started my volunteer gig as a fiber arts teacher at Hartford's Chrysalis Center, http://chrysaliscenterct.org/, I had only vague ideas of what kinds of projects would interest the people there. I started out with potholders (a sewing project) and pincushions (a felting and sewing project). Folks took to felting. And we were off.
Here's Nina, so happy with her felted piece from last week that she showed up this week eager to work on a second one. That's TJ at the table with her, working on his first-ever felting project. In the background, in the blue shirt, is Steve Projansky, my staff contact at Chrysalis, who at my request purchased an assortment of merino fibers and felting needles for the group.
Look at this yummy assortment of merino roving. This is one aspect of the allure of felting.
Steve got it for the group from New England Felting Supply http://www.feltingsupply.com/
Below, Vivian, Sierra, and Andrew. Vivian is hand-sewing a leaf applique to a quilt square, another potential project I brought with me today. Sierra is felting and Andrew is signing his felted landscape.
Below, Lisa is holding another one. On the left in that photo is Carolyn Cook, the lady who recruited me to this gig:
Sierra made the one below.
Gregory was going to give his felted project to his little girl:
Kenny, below, was planning to give this bear, Patches, to his granddaughter.