Nicola Brown | Two naturally printed felt vessels
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Two naturally printed felt vessels

Two naturally printed felt vessels

Following on from my first vessel of 2014 I've felted two more since the beginning of the week, this time they've been naturally printed. I had some lovely pomegranate skins and pith left after I cooked a big lamb, date and pomegranate tagine, what better use than to add them to a pot and let their colour influence a couple of bundles?

Here's a picture of the first vessel prior to printing, it's a combination of Portugese merino, mohair locks and a silk/linen blend for surface embellishment. On FB earlier in the week I mentioned that the fibre was bamboo, not so as I discovered once I printed it, I thought it felt a little different laying it out! Anyway, the giveaway was the fact that it appeared to take colour from the pot well. Bamboo, being a cellulose fibre, usually remains white after printing adding an interesting look to the felt (which I like), silk on the other hand is a protein fibre and takes the colour well so even thought this was a silk/linen blend it didn't really achieve the effect I had intended. Not to worry, here's the finished vessel.

I like the reverse

and side views better.

The second vessel is more of a bowl shape, I used the same Portugese merino with loads of Firestar on the outside (for sheen) plus the same silk/linen blend embellishing the inside.

I used a combination of different eucalyptus and blackberry leaves for this one, you can see a blackberry leaf in the inside centre with this birds eye view.

I particularly like the strong contrast of the reddish eucalyptus against the golden tones of the pomegranate on the base. Next time I'll bundle differently but use the same materials, I'd like to get those colours on the top of a bowl!


Nicola Brown
  • Kerry O'Gorman
    Posted at 17:47h, 31 January Reply

    So gorgeuos! I love the mix of colours and textures. How inspiring is this!

  • Dawn Edwards/Felt So Right
    Posted at 18:21h, 31 January Reply

    You do great work….I’m so impressed that I think I’m going to come over and see both you and these vessels in person 😉

  • Anne Harris
    Posted at 20:47h, 31 January Reply

    Love what you are doing ! its so inspiring to see your work. Regards, Anne

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  • Ellen Kocher
    Posted at 21:50h, 31 January Reply

    The vessels and colours turned out beautifully. I’ve been wondering about blackberry leaves as we have them all year round…whereas no rose leaves. Will do some experimenting! Also…love the sounds of your tagine recipe…do you have a favourite cookbook? I have a nice tagine but haven’t used it much…maybe Pinterest has some ideas 🙂

  • Zoryana
    Posted at 01:05h, 01 February Reply

    Nicola,you are a Magician!!! <3

  • Creative Expression of Life
    Posted at 09:35h, 01 February Reply

    Oh, that’s yummy!

  • Creative Expression of Life
    Posted at 09:37h, 01 February Reply

    … oh, and so is the second one. I love th contrast of colours.

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