I took the afternoon off yesterday to go an visit an exhibition entitled Cocoon. My friend Lorraine Pocklington has her felting and natural dying work on display at Rhosygilwen near Cardigan. It’s well worth a visit if you are in Pembrokeshire over the weekend (until Sunday 19 October).

Tŷ Solar in the rain

Ty Solar in the rain

The work is being exhibited in Tŷ Solar, an amazing eco-house on the Rhosygilwen estate that shows off just how energy efficient a well-designed house can be. Even on a rainy, grey day the house was bright and warm inside and provided a lovely setting for all of Lorraine’s creations. Her work adorned the kitchen, living room, hall, bathroom and two bedrooms. She had included practical items – place mats, oven mitts, a bath math – as well as clothes, shoes and decorative objects. It really goes to show what a versatile material wool is. I think that the work speaks for itself:

What a talented friend I have!

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  1. KayT

     /  October 17, 2014

    Wow, you’re right, you do have an amazingly talented friend. And how it must look in that perfect showcase, must be right at home there! But remember, she has an amazing talented friend too – YOU! X

  2. Beautiful work! And I make felt myself, so I know what a lot of work went into what you’ve shown. That fancy jacket at the end is enviable, if a bit impractical for the climate I live in!

    • Some of her felting is astonishingly fine… but not fine enough for the tropics!
      I did notice that, amongst her samples, she had some felted possum fur. Perhaps you could have a go!

      • It’s a bit hard to come by, but I might be able to get some alpaca roving from the lady who contributed the poo for my garden! But neither possum fur nor alpaca can be felted alone, you have to use it mixed with sheep wool, which has the right kind of cuticles on the fibres to make felt.

        • Yes, I can’t remember what sheep breed wool she had combined it with. She also had some beautiful samples of wool and tussah silk felt, but these days she’s sticking to local fibres, so mainly sheep here in west Wales!

  3. And what a talented friend she has too coincidentally.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  4. I’ve seen so much felting lately and so much of it leaves me cold but this artist . . . wow–now that’s beautiful stuff!

  5. I’m impressed! I’ve done felting – my outcomes were never particularly impressive. Your friend is very talented! I love the boots 🙂

  6. Wow! Such wonderful work – your friend is very talented, isn’t she? 🙂

  7. Lovely stuff and I particularly love the egg caps, the felted boots (with the different coloured laces) and that glorious ottoman. You do, indeed, have a most talented friend 🙂

  8. pixie hats! those are to die for!

  9. Oooh, beautiful work in a lovely setting! I especially like the egg cosies and the felted satchel. Thanks for sharing!


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