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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Soft Pots...

Just had another wonderful workshop at the weekend with everyone making Soft Pots! As you can see from the photos, each pot is so very different, not just in colour, but shape & size, which is extraordinary as all are made using the same size resists. Again, another lovely group of ladies who worked extremely hard on their bowls...




































'Soft Pots' was a term I began using very early on, as it described my felted bowls and pots perfectly. I started making bowls as gifts for friends, who used them to keep their knitting in, sewing bits & pieces, buttons, cotton reels, shell collections, dried flowers - anything like that! Being so soft the bowls are also perfect for jewellery - you can pin earrings and brooches to the sides…  And use them as big pin cushions when you're sewing.

I also love making soft pots using the wonderful range of natural coloured fibres. They come close to resembling ceramic pots, with similar characteristic shapes and colours, yet remain soft and felty! KC and I have collected ceramics for many years and they're all around the house. Some old favourites are used everyday - milk jugs, mugs & plates, cereal bowls, casserole dishes - others are purely decorative, but they all serve an equal purpose, they're a pleasure to have around.     

This up and coming 'Soft Pots' workshop spurred me into making a pot that I'd been thinking about for a while...



...I used natural shades of BFL blended with some black & brown Merino, working from a light inside out to darker shades. The pebble design was made using wool slub/knops textures, plus a small piece of 'real' Mongolian white felt (someone had left it behind at a workshop!) that the larger pebble shapes were cut from. I wanted to emphasise the soft textile quality of the pot by incorporated some stitching and I particularly like the opening 'collar' with the fish tie... 

I'm really pleased with the result and keen to make some more so there's a range of different shapes and sizes to show at the Open Studios...

which is creeping up too fast...

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