Using her photograph as a guide, Isla first drew the geranium, and then created and cut out a plastic pattern from the sketch. Her next task was to make a sheet of silk pre-felt from recycled silk and merino wool. From it, she cut out a selection of flowers, laid them onto a dark merino wool background, outlined them in a bright pink to make them pop and thus started the process of creating a small but perfectly-formed piece of felt art.
When asked what she liked most about the whole process, Isla said she loved laying out the wools to create her art. And what did she like least? All the rolling, was her reply.
Yes, there is no doubt at all that feltmaking is hard work, but Isla was equal to the challenge, with not a single moan and plenty of good humour.
Thanks for joining me in the studio, Isla. Look forward to seeing you back soon.