|my finished felt slipper fits! (and Ruby's paw)|
|our fuzzy paws (R, Olive, Ruby)|
I finally made my first pair of very firm felt slippers! Last fall I set a date with felting friend Carol Ingram from Connecticut (the Queen of Surface Design) to get together for a Slipper Felting Sleep Over Weekend at Linda Van Alstyne's.
I counted down the weeks! I've been wanting to learn to make slippers forever with my good friend Linda, the Queen of Hard Felt. The three of us (and many of our felting friends) always have endless things to talk about. From fiber, to food, to... well, some things are best left unsaid.
|Linda & unfulled gray slipper|
|R's fulling, resist still inside|
|L working the newly cut opening|
|L comparing before and after|
|working my opening|
|L's on r after fulling & her resist|
|Carol's opening cut, ready to remove resist|
|Carol's pair with latex applied to sole|
|adding acrylic paint to tone the latex|
|Carol & Linda. Slippers not quite fulled.|
|Linda's masks & studio|
|L rolling to full & shrink length|
|heel tucked in to protect shape|
|L twisting to shrink width|
|manipulating toe back|
|manipulating toe forward|
|pushing with tool to form toe box|
|Linda shapes heel area|
If there is a next time, I will focus more on the color and surface design. I thought I was doing a pretty good job, but when I cut the opening in each slipper, I could see I just about reversed the color sequence of my layers! In the end, the colors migrated and the pair looked matched. They are not exactly beautiful to look at, but the structure of the felt is just what it should be. My mission accomplished. Thank you Carol, and especially Linda!
Our next felting sleep over: Surface Design with Carol Ingram!
|Robin's slippers, more shrinking needed|
|too roomy, but almost there!|
|at home, Ruby Jet bridging Olive|