When I first retired from publishing it was knitting which attracted me as a possible activity. I had long been a hand knitter, but for some reason I decided to learn to use a knitting machine and designed a range of garments. For a few years I attended craft fairs, and some people loved my work – but not enough. I enjoyed the designing of the garments, the designing of the knit patterns, the choosing of the glorious yarns, … but I did not at all enjoy the selling, and the knitting itself was becoming boring. So I stopped.
I gave away the many cones of beautiful Shetland wool, but have not yet been able to part with the bits of garments with which I was left. I felted a lot of them, thinking that surely I must think of something satisfying to do with them. I have a tub full which I look at from time to time, but have until now not thought of anything I even wanted to try.
Then I decided to try cutting out familiar figure shapes from my work. I took my much-loved woman with fish on a dish, and was relatively pleased with the result so far. They also have the advantage of working in either direction – there is no fixed front or back.
I cut out another previously used shape – and I rather liked using the rib as the base in both cases. I also came up with a design to incorporate the felt shape(s) with cotton and hand stitching so that it much more resembles a piece of my work. I’m going to see if I can come up with more designs like the one on the right before I decide that this is a good idea, and before I finally decide whether to ditch the felt – with a sigh.