Susan Tornheim

Felting and knitting

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Spring 2017 Exhibit Location #32

Hyde & Seek  
120 Hyde Street
Newton Highlands
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Color and texture delight and inspire me. I use an ancient technique plus a basic and sustainable fiber, wool, to make felted wool. This wonderful fabric starts as raw wool, which I wash, sometimes dye, and brush to prepare it to be felted. Using colored wool fibers, handwoven scraps, and yarns, I create abstract and naturalistic surface designs on the layers of fluffy wool. Then, employing an ancient wet felting technique, I use hot water, soap, friction, and pressure to cause the fibers to tangle permanently into a strong fabric. Finally, I form this wonderful material into jackets, hats, scarves, pillows, and accessories.

I especially enjoy combining knitting and felting. My current explorations include depicting nature in my work, adding embroidery, and using unusual materials.

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