Scrap Happy Wild Wool

I spent a few days in Seaton, Devon, near the wetlands, last month.

There are some beautiful walks and tranquil places to sit and ponder

When I saw all that wool on the fence, I just had to gather some

I washed it and then decided to felt some

by making layers of vertical and horizontal strands – about 7 layers

Then adding soapy water, I put the layers between bubble wrap and rolled it this way and that with a rolling pin.

Now to add some rusty bits

using some rust dyed thread

and framing the result in a acrylic box frame

And another one with old rusty sheep wire

I rubbed acrylic wax into the rusty wire to halt the rusting process, but have left these nails to continue to rust into the wool

Felting takes ages and is physical work so I started just to make soft little balls, just rolling them lightly in my hands – this is a work in progresson some corrugated iron. Not sure where it is going yet.

Joining Kate for Scrap Happy July


28 responses to “Scrap Happy Wild Wool

  1. now that is nice recycled project and a great memory of where you acquired the supplies from
    (recovering from covid, so only the latest posts will be looked at…)

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  2. The long drive to my golf club is scattered with bits of fleece at the moment and I’m resisting very well! I have several bags of picked up wool already from walks and holidays and haven’t done anything with them. I’m very impressed you’ve used and made such nice things with yours.

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    • It needed washing, and has lots of grass seeds in it but it is magical stuff. Some small felted pieces will go on a page of the textile book I am making. I wonder what you will make with yours. 🙂


  3. So much wool on that fence. Never seen so much myself. A great addition to your rusty wire. Sort of poetic to take the wool off a wire fence and then combine it with wire.

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  4. Do I love it? Yes, I love it! What a great idea!

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  5. oh wow! love the end results!

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  6. if I came across all that fleece on the fence I would have pulled out my drop spindle and started spinning right there. It looks like human hands had hung it up to air out. Love what you have done, it will be fun to watch how the nails colour the wool.

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  7. Brilliant – I love the rusted corrugated iron we have loads of bits on our beach at the cottage and keep thinking I would like to make something from them – just not had any inspiration yet.

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  8. I meant rust and wool.

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  9. That wool on the fence was a great find. I like what you did with it, the contrast between white and wool.

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  10. That fence of wool was incredible. Those sheep just knew you were coming. Fabulous use of rusty bits and natural felt. Very you. Felting balls is really hard, hot hands help!

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    • You are right about felting balls being hard. I did a few and after that I have done some big soft squishy ones, not felted, just holding together as a sort of cloud of wool. I wonder if they will keep their shape.


  11. Going Batty in Wales

    What an interesting project! Although there are plenty of sheep here I rarely see wool on fences which is a shame.

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  12. SO MUCH WOOL TO FORAGE I’m excited for you!! And I love your art works. Have you discovered Renaissance Wax? It’s what I use to protect the patination on my jewellery.

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  13. Ooh, I’m loving these! I loved the woolly fence posts in the first photo, and these pieces are a natural development of the relationship between fleece and rusty fence wire, but with real imagination! Love the puffballs paired with the fragile rust flakes!

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