Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving this year

This year we had our Thanksgiving at home with Uncle John and cousin Joe.

We eat early because its easier for John. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potato cassarole, greenbeans, salad for dinner.
 and John brought the pumpkin and apple pie for desert
 Julia and Joe having a cousin moment. And no that wine is not hers.
 And Moose enjoying his bone.
A great meal and I am thankful to have people in my life who want to enjoy it with me.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Felting with Heather

To make a long story short, I had to go to Michigan this fall to find a woman who lives close to me that I could felt with. I was very lucky to meet Heather Woollove. She is a really wonderful person who has great insight and is fun to felt with.

Although I was supposed to be at the Northeast Feltmakers guild meeting this weekend I was unable to attend.  As it turns out a very dear friend, Bryan, passed away suddenly and I was at his funeral on Saturday. On Sunday I had a felting date with Heather.

I arrived at her house to the smell of blueberry muffins and coffee and we chatted for a bit. I got to see more of her wonderful felt.  And the muffins were awesome, I might add.  Then it was felting time. I had seen and heard her talk of her peanut purses and I wanted to make one. I am not a purse maker normally, although I may take it up now. 

She had her studio set up already to go I just needed to add wool.  I have never been happy using a resist and seeing the results, but learning Heather's technique has changed my outlook.  I used a gray merino on the inside and a black merino on the outside with a silk design on the front.  My merino felted up nicely and I learned how Heather stuffs her bags to dry.  I took out the stuffing this morning to take a few pictures.
I still need to do the inside pocket and add a closure to the flap. But I cannot wait to use this  bag.
At the end of the play date, we traded wool and silk and flax with each other and I went home.

Thanks Heather!!.  We have to set up another felt date, perhaps at my house this time.