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Off to tangle with some super soft yak (and short film to watch)

Off to tangle with some super soft yak (and short film to watch)

It’s wet and windy outside today and I can quite see why those yaks need to grow a soft undercoat during the winter months to keep themselves all warm and snug!  Luckily I was able to buy some beautiful soft yak fibre from Blas and Jamie at Urban Fauna Studio recently and now is the afternoon to put it to the test and make a soft and chic winter scarf or cowl for myself.  I had brought two colours home with me, Carmen choose an unusual blue which means that I am left with (ha, ha) a beautiful blend of olive green, just 61g which is not a lot to spare but I hopefully by the time I post tomorrow I will have some pictures taken to show you the results. 

This morning was spent tidying up more of the studio but a body needs a break sometimes and since the wind is blowing up a storm disallowing any outdoor phtography today the felting table calls, wouldn’t you agree??  Still no sign of my own camera under all the mess and at this stage I am beginning to wonder if it will ever turn up again.  It is especially frustrating as not only did I love the camera (it was a present from Alan) but my pictures from my trip to Felt in Focus were still on the card as were some from another friend who had problems with her own camera in Denmark as well.  I wanted to finish posting about making the large felt sculpture and was hoping the pictures would say it louder than words!

For those of you interested in climate change and how it impacts on our environment you may be interested in viewing my friend Cathy FitzGerald’s new short film  ‘once i counted birds’.  This short has been entered in the UK Guardian Newspaper’s worldwide 1 minute to save the world film competition and selected films will be screened at the Copenhagen Climate Change summit in December.  If you enjoy the film please please vote for Cathy by rolling your cursor over the stars  (you can vote until the 7 November) and please feel free to forward the link to any friends you think might like it!

Nicola Brown
clasheen@gmail.com
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  • Cathy Fitzgerald
    Posted at 15:32h, 30 October Reply

    Thanks for the mention of my film Nicola!!

  • cynthiareynolds
    Posted at 15:37h, 30 October Reply

    Hi Nicole,
    Funny you should be felting with yak today, the photos in the tutorial I posted yesterday (felt covered buttons)
    http://tinyurl.com/FeltCoveredButtonsTutorial
    was photographed on a piece of yak/merino felt. Hard to see but the yak provided a lovely texture and sheen to the felt. I used a 50/50 blend. I am looking forward to seeing your scarf.

    Cynthia
    in Norway

    http://cynthiareynolds.wordpress.com

  • Marian
    Posted at 10:52h, 31 October Reply

    I have never worked with yak so I can not wait for your results. Is it really soft? easy to felt? How intriguing.

  • Marian
    Posted at 10:53h, 31 October Reply

    By the way, thanks for the link. Will follow it.

  • Carole Dysart
    Posted at 02:43h, 01 November Reply

    What was the name of the Fall or (Nov.Dec) issue of the magazine that Horst……..the fiber clothing artist was in? I put this info in a “special place” and cannot find it as I want to get the magazine.

    Thanks a bunch Nicola

    Carole Dysart

  • Nicola
    Posted at 07:50h, 01 November Reply

    Hi Carole, The magazine is the fall edition of ‘Living Crafts’ X

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