I have lived & worked in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland most of my life & still love the wide open spaces of Moorland, Sea, Sky and the Hills with ALL the c o lo u rs they hold !
I grew up with an appreciation of textiles , within a family of gifted knitters, a technique I enjoy but being completely useless at tension , my garments generally fit the proverbial elephant !
Felt is also a fabric I grew up with , in the Middle East , in my very early years ; beautifully embroidered rugs , ( felt takes very kindly to being embroidered ! ) hats and so on .
So my journey with felt began at a very young age .... my love affair with wool began quite a bit later when I was given my Grandmother's spinning wheel . This bond evolved like a good yarn, chunky & full of character. Along with opportunities to work with sheep, learn techniques from very gifted individuals ,some steeped in our Highland traditions , I also discovered the alchemy of plant dyes and eventually learning the art of feltmaking in the mid 90s......the passion for fibre endures , and seems to encompass my whole life !
Why Felt ?
" What I love about felt is the fact that it can be both very practical and purely for fun. To begin with raw fibres , sometimes pre-dyed & create something that can be exceptionally fine and delicate or extremely robust is immensely rewarding . And all with no fancy equipment . And then there are all the sustainablity plusses of working with fibre that is 100% natural & biodegradable. It enables me to pursue my creative art while continuing to try to live in respect of our beautiful planet . #treadinglightlyontheearth
I also love the fact that felt has been made for 1000s of years by our ancestors ."