Thursday, November 25, 2010

Felt flowers

I am visiting my friend Lori and her family. Her daughter is going on a people to people trip next summer and is looking for a way to earn some money. I showed her how to make felt flowers and we made a bunch together. They came out wonderfully awesome.


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Humingbird.jpg

Am visiting my friend lori for Thanksgiving. I showed her how to needlefelt. Just the basics. She is already a great artist so the results did not surprise me at all. Here is her beautiful hummingbird.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Inspired by Nature

At the recent Northeast Feltmakers Guild meeting in NJ, I took some pictures on a short walk.
I am always inspired by nature.



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We felt the same way, but different

I love hearing from other felters, especially those around the world. I am limited in that I only speak English, but I really enjoy looking at all of the work felters do, even if I cannot read the blog.  I received a very nice comment from a woman in Spain. So I looked at her blog.

It has always amazed me at how people can take wool and create such very different things.  Trudis makes felt in different ways. For her wall hangings, she uses the felt as a canvas and paints on it with acrylics.
Check out her work on her blog.

http://viltentrudis.blogspot.com/

And I cannot post without a photo so here is a picture of a tree in New Jersey USA in full autumn gold.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A South African felter

I received an email from a felter in South Africa who makes some very beautiful pieces. She was asking about some information I had on silk paper for felting.

 From Pascale in South Africa
It is a lonely world for felters out here. There are just a handful of us and spread very far apart so we learn by google, and then try our own things out. It is still a bit confusing for people in South Africa as to what felt actually is, because although we are the fourth largest producer of merino in the world, it has all been exported for many years, mainly to Germany, Italy and Spain, who make it into their exciting and beautiful yarn, and clothing etc. So if I want to buy 100% yarn, it comes from overseas. Very dispiriting. So I make my own yarn as well and dye it too and often use it in felting projects. Most of my customers are from Europe and some from America, but I haven’t got any marketing things in place – no time.

I got excited by felting because it is so quick and you can literally do anything with it and all my creative nature comes out. 

Here are some photos of what she makes or has made in the past. This is just beautiful work. I wanted to share with her permission.






Thursday, November 11, 2010

My quilt is on its way back

I have dabbled a bit in quilting, although felting is my favorite thing to do.  Awhile ago I made a quilt top of asian fabrics and a modified pattern. I like jelly roll quilts as they are easy for me to do and they go together fairly quickly.  I finished this top and was just not sure what to do next to it. So, lucky me, I have a neice who has a machine quilting business. http://www.bethanyquilts.com/   She worked her magic on my poor little quilt and
all I can say is WOW!  Its on its way back to me but she sent me this picture of the finished quilt. I am so excited to see it in person. If you know of anyone who needs an awesome machine quilter send them to Bethany. She does an amazing job.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Latest project is an old rework

I started this many years ago and pulled it out recently and began to rework it a bit. The original base is handmade felt sewn to a muslin background and embellished. I removed some of the embellishments and began to add details with free motion stitching. This is my first mobile blog post so I am not sure how well this will turn out.
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