I wrote blogs a while ago about my visit to the ruggedly beautiful Isle of Lewis. So remote yet teaming with nature and a good friend of mine, Philly Hare. Philly has made the island her home now and has embraced all that it has to offer, including the ancient craft of felting.
Philly took time out during my stay for me to try this craft for myself and the end result was the scarf which now hangs from my landing next to a map of my own paradise, Keswick. So I see both these as I walk down stairs each morning – what better view to start the day…..
Well Philly has taken felting to a whole new level and has created pieces to sell. Pieces inspired by the landscape around her. No one will ever get rich out of this craft as the price can never reflect the number of hours spent creating the final masterpiece. So you know all the pieces have been created through the love of the landscape itself. I aslo have 2 of her originals in my hallway as I come through the front door….
When she sent me her latest video, it struck me how these would make amazingly unique Christmas presents, or gifts for any time of year. After all, each one is unique and stunningly beautiful. The other inclusion that sealed it for me was the inclusion of a baby seal, having been rescued by the islanders after getting caught in netting. The sight of it scampering to the sea sums up to me what the island is all about – freedom.
You can watch it here
Now I did wonder why Philly hadn’t used the photos of me showing off her felting hats……but then Benny Hill expressions might not have led to many sales……🤣 some people just don’t suit hats and I’m definitely one. I so envy those who can carry them off. Sylvia could wear any hat and look stunning….but not me 🤣
Anyway….if you want to see more you can look at Phillys on line shop here with the lovely name of Full Moon Felting….AND there’s 15% off at the mo: