Felt is hardly new. But since it is such an incredible material, I did think it was a good post to leave you with over our break. It has so many uses and aspects to it, that it may inspire you to think of it in a new way after all.
Growing up in Germany my first real memories of felt were my grandfather's tyrolean hats. Maybe that's what you would think of too, when asked how to combine Germany and felt.
BUT, there is one aspect of felt I got introduced to quite early in my life, which has nothing to do with the clichee of Bavaria and that is the artist Joseph Beuys. He taught at the art academy in Duesseldorf, where I grew up, so I remember seeing his art at an early age. Not quite understanding it, but having strong emotions about the color, smell and his claim that felt ( and fat) saved his life when wounded as a soldier (read more about it here).
This year I was very inspired by Corinne's needle felting story. I have all the supplies together to make MYSELF a scarf during this break. I also just finished felting some rocks as gifts. It is such a satisfying craft.
I didn't make the notebook, but it looks like it would be a very simple thing ... maybe a last minute gift !?
To leave you with some Christmas spirit, take a look at my decoration:
I wrapped a large branch with unspun wool (or you could use roving). You'll see, it sort of sticks to the wood and is very easy to do. When finished, it looks like fluffy snow .... add some felt snowflake ornaments, and you'll have a decoration you can enjoy around the winter. Speaking of, do you remember seeing the silver branch before in my Fall decoration ?! And where do you think my felted branch 'lives' during the year ?! (hint)
We'll see you again in 2010. Hopefully all rested and inspired by new things ... or maybe just by old things in a new way. Happy Holidays !