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Sun and Gold

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGoldfinches have been constant guests at my bird feeders this winter and showed up in record numbers during the recent snow. Their less colourful off season plumage is starting to change back to the bright yellows and black we most often associate with this cute little bird. They are quite entertaining to watch and seem to not mind my presence if I remain still.

I recently completed a new felted tile featuring a goldfinch on one of my giant sunflower seed heads. It was one in a series of sunflower tiles that I just finished and posted on  my website a few days ago. I’ve done several bird tiles but this was my first goldfinch. Based on the immediate success of this first finch tile, I will be making more. Within hours of posting it on my website it was sold to one of my collectors! She is enjoying this little ray of sunshine now.

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Wet Felting – The Felting Part

This part of the felting process is the most mysterious. I’ve laid out my design and backing using wisps of loose wool fibers. I use old synthetic curtain panels to carefully cover the pile of wool. Then with a large sponge I press lukewarm soapy water into the entire piece. It is a thick pile of wool so thoroughly wetting it all the way through is important. The soap helps the fibers slip into each other when I start rubbing. Wool fibers are covered with tiny scales , like a mini snake skin, that lock into each other. The friction of rubbing interlocks the fibers and eliminates the air between fibers. After continuously rubbing the entire 4’x 7′ surface for about an hour, the loose wool holds together in one large sheet. There is still more work to be done such as rolling and then rinsing before it is complete.

 

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