Experiment or Mistake

Browsing through my pictures I discovered three experiments I never posted because I didn’t feel the outcome was worthy of a blog post.  Today, however, I find them quite interesting.  Should I consider these attempts an experiment or mistake?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines experiment as “A controlled procedure carried out to discover, or demonstrate something .” Mistake, “To blunder in the choice of.”

Felted Scarf and Wrap #1

Attempt #1: Originally, I did not find the colors appealing in the scarf I felted with the novelty yarn.  Now, I do.

Attempt #2: At the time, I thought the felted roving looked like a jumbled mess, but know the fiber looks like a spider web with a multitude of possibilities.

Last but not least, Attempt #3: The knitted block/rectangle was suppose to look like a log cabin quilt.  I wasn’t attracted to the outcome, but know I am pleased with the colors and texture created by the different yarn and color combinations.

I don’t consider these mistakes, they are experiments.  Perhaps our creative tastes evolve with time and experience.

Roving Spider WebLog Cabin

Felted Embedded Object

The weather in California is hot! The weather provided a perfect opportunity for some wet felting.  I thought it might be fun to try something new…

Felted Embeded ObjectOn top of  a sheet of bubble wrap with the bubble side up, rests two layers of roving, the first layer vertical and the second horizonal.  The object of my choice is a dorset button placed in the center.  In order to cover the object, three layers of roving are placed in the same manner as before.   To begin the fulling process, the surface of the roving is moistened with a mixture of warm water and Dawn dish washing soap.  Olive oil soap is also a popular alternative.  After fulling, a visible outline of the object appears.  The piece has been fulled enough when the layers of roving cannot be pulled apart and the object is secure.

Feltted Embeded Object #2After rinsing the felt in cool water, a snip with scissors begins to reveal the embedded object.  It is important to snip with caution because cutting to much felt away may loosen the object.

Even though the day was hot, I did not let the heat keep me from making art.  Art = an idea made manifest.

Felted Embeded Object #3