Recovery Leads to Local Woman to an Ancient Art Form
When Carla Mazzone was diagnosed with lymphoma as a young adult she didn’t let that slow her down. A Franklin, TN resident she was a busy mother and nurse. In the spring of 2007 though, when the doctor told her she had breast cancer and surgery was required, her life slowed down considerably, leaving time for fresh interests.
“As I was recovering I visited a specialty yarn shop and saw some purses that had been machine felted; someone had knitted a purse out of wool yarn and then threw it in the washing machine to felt it.” Carla had had a loom many years ago, but knew that felt was not knitted and her fascination with how felt was made was rekindled.
“That got my motor running,” Carla said. “I did some research on felting, bought myself several books and taught myself the original traditional craft of wet felting.”
It tapped into her love for nature. Traditional felting (wet felting) is the act of layering wool fibers on a surface or around a form (called a resist). The pile of fibers is then sprinkled with soapy water and gently pressed together by hand until the fabric becomes stable.
Then a more rigorous hand process is utilized to shrink and strengthen the nonwoven fabric. Once it is completely fulled or hardened, the soap is rinsed out, the fabric is shaped and left to dry.
“The textures of the various wools, the hand dyed and hand spun yarns are so inspiring, I want to touch them all and bring them home. I typically use a wide variety of wools and silk in my creations.” She often embellishes them with glass beads and hand stitching.
Carla’s work is on display through the month of April at the Spring Hill Public Library. Besides wall art, you can see her purses, scarves, and hats in the Library’s display cases.
In honor of National Recycling Month the Library also has on display quilts made for charities by the Cumberland Valley Quilters Association.
The group meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. – noon. One of the charity committees, the makers of the quilts on display, has a Sit & Sew the second Tuesday of each month in Spring Hill. For more information about the group you can call 615-791-8213.
For more information about the Spring Hill Public Library you can go to www.springhilllibrary.org or call 931-486-2932.
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