I spent some of the weekend dyeing wool roving with a variety of dyes, including Rit, which apparently is not as caustic as it once was.
I achieved so many subtle colors, my mind is spinning with possibilities. But it was during a luncheon trip to Saint Augustine on Saturday that I spotted a new store, Down the Rabbit Hole, and a new craft that I have to try. What is it about seeing something in person that changes the perception? Felted jewelry is in all the books… where you roll the unfelted fluff ball of wool roving between your soaped hands, dipping frequently in water, and eventually you get a felted ball. Then you string it with a few beads or folded fabric. But frankly these all seemed a bit dull. However…
What I saw in this shop was more of these balls being incorporated into other types of jewelry, with not just beads, but ceramics, metal, textiles, and glass. The look was fantastic, and I suspect for me this will be a work in progress because it’s like assemblage. I think the best way to start is to place pieces I think might work well together in bags (I’ll start with three) and build slowly with Goodwill and yard sale hunting. I am always finding broken pieces of jewelry that wouldn’t look good alone, but with this added textile element, it might really show it off.
I’ve played around with upcycling jewelry before, but adding wool brings a whole new dimension to it that has escaped me. I’ll keep you posted.