Still, it lets me play with wool and I love wool in any form. At one point in my young years I took up spinning wool and I loved working with raw wool. I loved the small of raw wool too. It is so organic. I didn't know what to do with the wool I spun because I don't really enjoy knitting or crocheting, so my spinning career was very short lived. I have always been very drawn to weaving, but the whole setup of the loom and repetitious nature of it lost me quickly too. Weaving is too technical for me!
When I discovered rug hooking in 2006, it brought it all together: working with wool, more free form in process than weaving and easy, easy to learn, start and complete a project and finish it! Wha-la! You have a wonderful piece of fiber art from hooking. It's painting with wool.
Here are some pictures of the wet felting process to make a flower; just a few of the many pic's my friend Deb took:
|This is the first layer of roving "drafted" or teased out to fan the fibers out in thin but still interlocking layers.|
|The final flower after felting the layers; in true light it is really more very dark pink color than orange but it appears orange in the photo.|
Here's the rug hooking pattern for Love is the Foundation. Now that I'm looking at the felted mat, I think I will change the rug hooking pattern to incorporate the saying because I like the mat better than the rug hooking pattern! Back to the pattern drawing board!
|Hooked rug pattern Love is the Foundation based on my wet felted mat above.|