Winter is lingering here in Central Oregon. Skies are gray, snow is falling, and temperatures are hovering around 30 degrees. Warm layers and outerwear are still the required clothing, so wool jewelry is a perfect accessory. Using natural, cream-colored alpaca wool roving and yarn, I made a wrist cuff, earrings, rings, and necklace by combining the processes of wet felting, needle felting, and hand stitching. Minimal, modern, and monochromatic – this set of wool jewelry adds a gesture of warmth to the winter wardrobe. Some items are available in my Etsy shop.
I am inspired by all things handmade, and do not mean to offend by misappropriating sacred symbols. By interpreting the concept and adding my own meaning, the object is transformed into something that reflects the past but is open and inclusive of the present.
This latest felted necklace has been in my Etsy shop for awhile, but I wanted to share the meaning behind it. First of all, it is another example of spontaneous creativity. Little stacks of felt pieces and stainless steel washers sat untouched on my work table for weeks. Frankly, I am bored by production. Making one or two of any one thing is quite enough for me. Making more requires a level of commitment that is more occasional.
So while avoiding making more necklaces, I was making more wet felted wall pockets (among other things.) All scraps and cut edges were saved in a bin. And this is how a new necklace came to be. A combination of the cut scraps from the wall pockets and the washer necklace. The scraps became the fringe. Braids of alpaca yarn were added in between the felted fringe. The final piece reminded me of a dreamcatcher. As a necklace worn near the heart, I like to think of it as a catcher of love and optimism.
Ever thinking of new random projects, this sachet came about as a way to use a 4″ strip of fabric cut from the bottom of a t-shirt. First, the hem and seams were removed to create two long rectangles of fabric. These were then cut in half. By cutting thin strips along the sides and bottom of the rectangle and then tying them together with square knots, a small sachet was created. The remaining fabric was cut into strips, braided, and tied to the sachet with slip knots. Given the light weight and stretch of the t-shirt material, I filled my necklace sachet with tiny flowers and a sprig of rosemary.