Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Creative Felt Gathering Part 2

I learned a lot at the Gathering. People from the Ohio, Michigan, and surrounding areas are nice. Having Fibromyalgia I should not have driven ten hours by myself. Felting is something I love to do with other people.

I have finished enough of my cuff to post a picture. I made this in a class, where we first picked a piece of glass that Jone had made in advance. Then Pam MacGregor taught us the cuff part. Although green is not one of my colors, it did look good with the glass piece I selected and I was able to add enough blue to like it a lot. The other Linda gave me some fun metal beads to add to those I had and it enhanced it. I need to add a few more.
A little about Fibromyalgia for those who are not familiar with it, what happens is it causes much pain for a person almost all the time. Sometimes, the lining between my ribs becomes painful and it is hard to breathe which makes me hunch which makes my back hurt.  I get foggy in the head when I am tired. Pain makes me grumpy.  Different parts of me hurt on different days.  I cannot ignore this but have to find ways to incorporate it into my life. I went to bed early there which helped. Sometimes the pain and I have very different ideas on what we want to do.  I ended up leaving a very fun event a day early because of that.  Next year if I go, I will either not drive the entire way myself, or I will plan to go early and allow a full day of rest before going to the gathering. 

One of the days I did really well (pain wise)was on Wednesday when it was a day off for the regular teachers.
In the morning Amira Mudfaery taught us a technique using chicken wire. I did a fish because that was the first thing that popped into my head.  Then she showed us a technique using roving, wire and a drill. I was not sure what to do with that one, so I decided to make a habitat for my fish. I was really happy with the end result.
I need to take a better picture so I can send her a copy.  Its been a long time since I have done sculptural work and I really had fun doing it. I am slowly finishing up my pieces this week and will post more as time goes on.


  1. I love the way you've finished beading your cuff...and your fish is awesome!
    I love your new profile photo, too! Grin.
    What about Nov 5th or 6th for our get-together? XXO-

  2. So nice meeting you at the CFG. Loved your creations...I think the fish was one of my very favorites;-)