This workshop was interesting as the students choose three different methods of creating their 3d sculpted creations.
Two chose to work with a green base and built up the fascial features from firmly rolled wool batts for each part of the face . This was done in white base blue faced leicester wool batts – these for a dense and firm base to needle detail into
These details were worked into slowly forming a face place in its features
eventually when all the features were created the colour wash of blended greens in wool was placed on and needled firmly
The second method was to wet felt a sheet of blended green wools over a firm face mask – a form
This allowed the features to be firmly felted first and then for the ‘mask’ to be removed and replaced with wool as stuffing. The felted details were then needled into to stabilise and then fine details added like lips or eyelids or eyes
The third method was to create the shape from behind the wool in dry form and then to create an outline through the design already laid on the front.
Each method had its own merits and everyone learned all three methods by doing or observing. Some beautiful creatures have emerged from the wool. Well done to all who took part and have brought to their homes this wonderful iconic harbinger of Spring.