Saturday, January 13, 2007

Adventures of the Travelling Felt Ball

Last year, friends and former South Slopers, Simon and Monica, got married, quit their jobs, and embarked on a long-planned-for trip around the world.

They brought with them one of the marvelous felted wool balls that we have here at Greenjeans. The ball has found itself everywhere from the inside of the roots of a tree in Yosemite to the middle of the desert amidst camels in India. That's Simon at the right taking a bite outta life in San Francisco, where their journey began. The ball is in every photo -- it's like Where's Waldo!

Here is a selection of (gorgeous!) photos from their absorbing photo gallery which you can view in its entirety here.

You can also read their travelogue here.

Alas, Mary and Russell Chamberlain, the makers of the felted wool ball, have decided to close their studio (FeltWorks) in Athens, Ohio, after 8 years of felt making. We are very sad that we will no longer be able to offer their beautiful, colorful, warm and inviting balls, pots, and bowls. But we thank them for making such great work and allowing us to experience it if only for a short time!

Best of luck to you in your new adventures, Mary and Russell!

And continued safe travels, Simon and Monica!

Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, CA (it's the tiny blue dot toward the bottom!)
Monica on the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Ireland

Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy

Bust of Dante, Ravenna, Italy

Circo Massimo, Rome

Newlyweds Donna and Heinz in Vatican City

The Pantheon, Rome

Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Italy

Mount Etna, Italy

Library at Ephesus, Turkey

Where the Bospherous meets the Black Sea, Turkey

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

Camels on safari, Thar Desert, India

6th Graders at the Taktse International School, near Gangtok, India

Monica on the tram in Kolkata, India

Simon leads on in Darjeeling, India

1 comment:

Monica said...

The felt ball has also been mystifying airport and museum security. They don't quite understand the concept of two people travelling around with a "toy".

We're sad to hear the couple is no longer making felt objects. We'll be sure to take special care of "ball" (as we affectionately refer to it) from now on as it's irreplaceable.