Watch the Birdie

Love this little felted bird which I made last week at Jenny’s workshop. Although I have done 2D needle felting before this is my first 3D effort so feeling very pleased with myself. Mind you it was really due to Jenny’s patient teaching skills.

Felted 'Sparrow'

PS I haven’t had time to add his feet yet!

Visit my New Folksy Shop

Joanne Shewan Textiles Folksy Shop

Beautiful handmade and naturally dyed pure wool scarves

Beautiful handmade and naturally dyed pure wool scarves

 After months of deliberation (and avoidance) I have finally sorted out my initial foray in online selling.

As a starting point I eventually decided to give Folksy – the place to buy handmade gifts and craft supplies and for British designers and makers to sell their work – a try.

It was very easy and my new shop is now up and running so I hope you will make a quick visit and check it out.

JoanneShewan Folksy Shop

Basic stuff

The secret to my success! something so simple but with endless possibilities!

The British Felt Blog.....

What is Felt? (The technical version)

FELT” is a textile structure composed entirely of fibres physically interlocked and consolidated by the utilization of mechanical work, chemical action and moisture without the use of weaving, knitting, stitching, thermal bonding or adhesives.

This can be a little bit of a mouthful to say the least and can be perceived as somewhat pompous and in it’s own way a little old fashioned.

So lets try something a little more modern.

What is Felt? (A straight forward version)

“FELT” is a fabric, normally manufactured from sheep wool, that is made by pressing and steaming to enable the wool fibers to  interlock and form a continuous mat. Because of this natural process it has neither weft nor warp and exhibits the same structure throughout.

History of FeltFELT 2

Possibly the oldest textile structure known to man (although this can’t be proved!).

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Extend Your Dwindling Shopping Days at NT Chiltern Gateway Centre Christmas Bazaar

Join me this Sunday 16th December (and 23rd) at the National Trust Chiltern Gateway Centre’s annual Christmas Bazaar from 11am to 4pm. Meet Santa, enjoy Christmas Pud and Mulled Wine whilst listening to the Carol Singers. Choose presents for those special people from a variety of seasonal craft gift and local produce stalls.

Blush Wrap

Don’t resist the temptation to touch my Blush Scarf.


Stained Glass by fellow ANB member Jack Cooper.

Christmas Bazaar

Berkhamsted Artisans, Arts and Crafts Market

Join me on Saturday in the picturesque Hertfordshire town of Berkhamsted. I will be on the first floor of the Town Hall where there will be a wide choice of fantastic handmade Christmas gifts on sale.

Just imagine the faces of your friends and family when you give them a handmade present that’s locally produced and absolutely unique to them.

Berkhamsted Artisans, Arts and Crafts Market

Farmers’ Market

Wool weave and knit unite

Now I am happy with the dyeing results and knitted and manipulated forms the challenge is to combine them. I keep thinking about how the fungi grow on trees and fallen logs. Can I make my constructed textile fungi grow on my tweedy surfaces?

Early samples on ordinary wool weaves (and using existing acid dyed knit samples) – need to ration my precious Harris Tweed resources.

Turn to Grey (or Green)

There’s always a surprise waiting for you in the Dye Pot – the same ‘little bit of grey dye’ on a different base has produced green shades!
Black dye is made up of a mixture of other dye colours and this one must have a blue bias which, when added to the yellower original shades on these pieces has of course given me green. Not what I ws looking for but fantastic all the same.