Gimme Shelter

A wee small shelter, fit for one. One and a half man shelter A workshop and symposium with Deveron Arts.  This workshop really interested me as it had such strong echoes of my own Shelter degree show piece. It was really interesting to listen to another shelter builder talking about his whys and wherefores. We…

Building Shelter

 Degree show set up with my wonderful mum as a second pair of hands

Bender Trial

I finally have enough straight Hazel and Rowan rods gathered to try out the bender build. I marked the size of the structure back in Feb by the simple expedient of drawing a circle in the snow with a walking stick held at arm’s length. This gave me a circle approximately 3 metres across which…

Sampling Fleece

top to bottom: 1, 2, 3.  Felting trials to see which fleece felts best and the different qualities: texture, colour, density, and ease of felting. Fleece 1 felt wonderful when it was un-felted but was very hard to felt well. Fleece 2 was quite wiry and was nearly as hard to felt as #1. Fleece…

Fleece Heaven!

Second trip to get fleece from the Aladdin’s Cave of the Wool Grower’s depot. See what I mean about the wonderful huge bins full of fibre? So much wool, so many shades and tones of colour = so hard to choose! I wanted to take it ALL home but returned with a sensible number for…

Moorit Fleece

Teasing and Carding Moorit: a lovely warm brown with sun-bleached tips that occurs naturally in some sheep breads. This is my chosen colour to work with for felting a shelter cover. I am buying my fleeces from the Evanton depot of the Scottish Wool Growers: first visit was really exciting, all those huge trolleys full…