The idea for felted bangles was not my own. I saw them in Felt Jewelry: 25 Pieces to Make Using a Variety of Simple Felting Techniques and thought it would be a simple, but fun present to make. You simply felt a smallish area of wool and cut out the shape you need. But then I had the leftover cutouts for the wrists and I hate waste. Since I was working with somewhat contrasting colors, I used the waste as linear details. Made it more time consuming, but it made it more my own and added a nice detail. Wanting to play with variation, I purposefully made them slightly different shapes and sizes. Need to work on the cleanliness of my machine stitching, but that will come with practice.
This piece I started as part of a live demonstration at Paint the Town – St. Lukes Hospital’s annual benefit in late September. I demonstrated wet-felting, as most people probably haven’t seen this done, or know anything about it. The initial idea was to finish a piece at the benefit, but even with a lot of prep work, it just wasn’t feasible.
The main shape was wet-felted, which was completed at the benefit. The pink dots were blended into the back of the piece with a felting machine, or embellisher. Originally, I was going to just put pink dots on each of the sections, but I added the stitching for contrast and texture. I sort of tried to come up with a name for it, but I always thought of it as the “St. Lukes piece,” so might as well leave it at that. It’s approximately 24″ accross.
This is also backed with a commercial felt for hanging on the wall.
The colors are hand-dyed from Shetland wool. I have a thing for hot pink and (especially) purple lately, which might sound bizarre to those who have known me for years. What can I say? I have no logical answer for you. It does not stem from K-State (those who know me well should know that!). I avoided purple for years due to my anti-sport and superfluous school spirit policies.