Thursday, October 1, 2009

Horsham Art Show

I m entering three pieces of watercolor felt in the Horsham Preservation and Historical Associations art show. This one is Heron at waters edge.

And Bird on coneflower

I m not positive on the third piece I am entering yet. Should be fun to get some local exposure.

Rachels Quilt

I made this quilt for young woman who always admires my work. Its for her 16th birthday and she likes cherries, pink and green. I used the Moda Oh Cherry Oh jelly roll and did a basic strip quilt with ditch stiching. Nothing fancy.

I finished this quilt top last night. Actually I fixed it so its ok from where I really messed it up. One is a close up and the fuller view to the right. Its all asian fabrics in strips.
Now I just need the batting and backing and then figure out how to quilt it. I would send it to Bethany, my neice, who does Machine quilting, but I' m embarrassed because she is really talented and my quilt top is very flawed. Its only the fifth one I have done and its pretty but truly a beginners quilt.

I am working on another top which I m going to be real careful when I do it so I can send it to Bethany to have it quilted. Take a look at her work here and you will see why I am reluctant to send my very beginners quilt to her.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Maine part 4 show and tell

This was one of the highlights of the trip. I wanted to leave the last day a bit earlier but could not help waiting to see what everyone had to show and tell about.

Maine part 3

After waiting in line to get our meal at Five Island Landing (?)
We enjoyed the view and the meal and the company of each other.

On the way to Maine

I left home and headed to meet Roz. A wonderful felter. She was so kind to put me up for the night, feed me and I enjoyed the garden at her house.

We arrived in Maine and gathered with other felters. We had an excellent teacher at Halcyon Yarn and learned Kumihimo.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Maine Trip August part 1

Just got back from a Northeast feltmakers guild meeting in Bath Maine. Here is a picture of some of the wildlife I saw. This is a Chinook. A beautiful dog with a fantastic temperament. Very calm with a herd of felters stomping around the house.

This is another Chinook on guard duty with its head out the cat door. They take their job seriously. Actually I think she was just getting some air. These are sled dogs.

Michael, pictured here with the many Marudi was waiting for us to finish our meeting so he could begin the lesson. Awesome teacher! This picture was taken upstairs at Halcyon Yarn in Bath Maine.
Some of the information he had available for us to look at.

More later.....

Friday, July 3, 2009

felted stone pincushions

Made a few felt pincushions that look like river stones.
Hoping to sell a few on etsy.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dog food bags second life as a tote

I spent this morning making some dog food bags into tote bags. The two doggies that eat the purina fit and trim which comes in woven plastic bags. The bags are so nice I cannot throw them away. Prototype 1 did not come out too bad but was not really measured at all. Prototype 2 came out nicely and will be a gift for a friend that I walk with. This is prototype 2. I added some fabric and used old rope from a hammock that was no longer usable as handles.
I wanted to make prototype 3 a bit bigger. First I cut out the 2 sides and the main piece. The main piece is the front - bottom and back. You can see part of it on the left. The two sides are on the right.
Then I cut a strip of 2" wide by however long the scrap was of fabric and sewed it on the top edges of the sides and on each top edge of the main bag . I ironed this strip in half so it was easier to sew on. I am able to pin into the fabric, although tape works ok but makes my needle sticky.

Next came the pocket. I used the same fabric with a piece of interfacing to add a bit of strength to it. Turned over the top edge and sewed it down.I then sewed the pocket on to the front of the bag. I also sewed on the handles using a large zig zag stitch to attach the hammock rope. Make sure they are the same length.

Take the main piece, and sew on one of the sides. I used a zig zag stitch on the outside of the bag. The bottom edge first then the sides. Then the second side. This is what it looks like when its done. I also added a bit of fabric to the handle to make it easier to hold. I did all of the sewing on the outside with a thread to match the fabric in a large zig zag stitch.

Its not perfect, but now that I know how I like to put them together I can create a pattern and make some in the same size. My two dogs eat 2 of the 40lb bags a month so I will have plenty to play around with. It was fun and I like the material since its waterproof. A good bag for the beach or the grocery store or for whatever.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fun in the Rain

So I spent the weekend doing a variety of things. Went Geocaching in the rain Friday and Saturday. And when it was not raining on Sunday. This is my third earthcache at Ringing Rocks PA where you bang a hammer on the rocks and yes they RING! So I am now a bronze earthcacher. Woo Hoo! Ok so little things make me happy.
Got to see "The Cousins" who have all grown up and looking great, even if they do have "accents".

Took lots of pictures but, alas they are not on the card but on the camera which I, of course, cannot find the right cord to download. I will find it when I am not looking for it.

Then leaving the hotel this morning in Hawley PA my husband spotted this deer standing on a concrete wall eating stuff from a tree. Not a place I would choose to eat breakfast since it was a pretty far drop.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fashioning Felt exhibit

I took a trip to New York City yesterday to see the Fashioning Felt exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt.
We drove to New Jersey and took the train up from the Hamilton station to Penn Station. It was a little over an hour to get there. Hopped on a bus and went up town. The exhibit was awesome. It was great to see it in person. I was traveling with my daughter, her boyfriend and a friend of mine. I did get the book. The web site shows the photos but there is nothing like seeing it in person. I was glad to see they had videos running that showed the process. Also an area where you could touch. You could only take photos in the palace yurt and it was beautiful.

We had lunch then walked thru Central Park over to Strawberry Fields and the "Imagine" mosiac in tribute to John Lennon. Then it started to rain. Headed back to Penn Station to catch the train home. Great day.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pictures from Florida

On a recent trip to Florida I took a walk to take photographs to use in my watercolor felt pictures.

Here are some of the things I saw.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


I finished this one a few weeks ago, and just mounted it today. Picture is from before I mounted it..

Monday, February 16, 2009

felted trout

This is a piece I have been working on all weekend. I need to work out how to display it, but I think its almost done. I need to sleep again and look at it tomorrow. Trout are very pretty fish and since I used to fish I thought I would felt some trout.
This one is very large, about 2- 3 foot long and 18 inches tall perhaps. I did not measure it, but am guessing.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

recently finished felted pieces

Finally I have gotten back to felting. Made some felt soaps, and finished up some watercolor felts that have been waiting to be completed. Posted a few for sale on my etsy shop

Monday, January 12, 2009

large wristlet /clutch

I found some leftover material from my daughters duffle bag project. Decided to make a clutch with a zipper. This is only my second zipper. Then I made a little pouch for my cell phone. I still need to add a bit to it.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

fabric gift bags

I have been thinking about ways to help use less paper, do more reusable stuff. I came across this idea for fabric gift bags so I decided to start making some of different sizes.
I do not have the cords in these yet, and maybe might use ribbons.
I plan on making a bunch more because I have a ton of birthdays coming up that I need to wrap things, and this way they can be reused as gift bags or the recipient can use them for other purposes.