Monday, July 27, 2009
IKO IKO's Workshop II: Felting!
FELT IT: a workshop on the ancient process of felting wool
saturday, july 19, 1-4 pm
The day following the opening of the new installation Dependent- Arising and Part I- Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species at IKO IKO, artist Ashley Helvey led a felting wool workshop to a small group of curious ladies where we leaned one of the earliest textile forms.
All the wool was purchased from the Stonehaven Farm in Oregon. Our fleeces were from some very beautiful Shetland sheep named Bess and Cascadia.
Our bag of fleece.
A tool-- the needle felter.
Artist Ashley Helvey introducing the felting process.
Yvonne and Ania laying down their foundation layer.
Laying down the foundation fleece.
Arranging the different fleece on top of the foundation layer.
Wetting the composition with hot water and soap.
Ready to roll it.
Pulling strands after rolling.
After the final rolling-agitation process. Now let it dry!
Come see Ashley's enormous wall hanging as well as some of her wearable felted wool pieces (headbands, necklaces, clothing) available at IKO IKO. All of her work is made from organic churro wool. Images of her pieces to come shortly!
For further information on Ashley's upcoming workshops in the San Francisco area, see her blog Danken at http://ashleyrosehelvey.blogspot.com/.
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