Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Some fun with Gumby, Pokey and a deer

A recent visit to my husbands family reunion of sorts in the Mountains in NE Pennsylvania brought some amusement for me. Gumby and Pokey in the bottom left of the screen. This doe comes to the yard to eat corn. I was sitting about 6 feet away from her filming this.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bear fest and yarn bombing

While in Easthampton, Massachusetts,  felting with Charity, there was a bear fest and yarn bombing happening in town. I had fun walking around one morning taking pictures. And yes that is Gumby posing with the bears. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Finished coats

I do not remember everyone's name. Actually there was a woman there that I knew but I did not recognize because I am really bad at that sometimes. Finally, and thankfully she said "Do you realize we know each other" or something like that. I proceeded to tell her how awful I am at faces and names and she was wonderfully understanding.  Anyway, here are some of the finished coats.
 This woman was local, and very happy. Her table was next to mine. Her coat was lovely. She is 5 months pregnant and was worried about it being to big later on. She can always shrink it a bit to fit if she needs to.

This one is Lori's. This picture does not do the coat justice. Its beautiful .

This short sleeved vest coat is Veronica's.  She put two panels in the back of a shimmery fabric and it looked really nice.  You can see the gusset in the back of her vest. Everyone did a gussett but me. Veronica's table was on the other side of me and she is a very talented felter who does not realize it yet. Lori and I had fun picking on her and she was a good sport.

I think this was Kitty from Texas. She did this beautiful short sleeved coat in red. I really loved the way she decorated it.  It looks more like a dress to me.

I have absolutely no idea what this woman's name is or where she is from but she did a beautiful long sleeved coat that looks fantastic on her. I love the color on this, and it does help that she has long pants on instead of bare legs with shoes good to stand in showing at the bottom.

And this lovely coat was made by a woman from Argentina I think. It looks very lovely in white on white with the gray at the bottom.  I think I am going to make a shorter coat in white that I can wear more than the blue one.

There were ten of us there but I don't think I have photos of everyone. Not sure how that happened.
More in my next post. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Coat Class with Charity

I spent the last few days at Chris White's store New England Felting Supply in Easthampton Massachusetts taking a class with Charity on Coat Making.  I am big fan of her work and was really looking forward to this class. The first day we made our templates and started laying out the coat.  Mine was knee length with long sleeves and big collar. The coat overlaps in the front.  I was not sure how we would finish in 3 days but amazingly I was done in 2-1/2 days.

The coats are nuno felted on silk.  I am not sure I could even explain how this was done but I could do it again from memory.

Here is the bag of materials used in the coat with the addition of a few other silk pieces I had with me or purchased.

She kept on getting me to add more and more stuff. Way out of my comfort zone but it was fun and turned out really nice.

Good thing there was a laundromat down the block because we put the wrapped pieces in the commercial dryers to felt it. I was amazed at how well that worked. 

The final photo of us in our fancy new coats. Now you have to picture us in something other than sneakers. She was going to make us take our shoes off because they did not fit the theme of the coats real well.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Silk fom Fiona

 A few years ago I bought a silk square at a workshop.  I decided to see if I could get a few more and found the website. The picture above is the one I had.  I emailed Fiona  www.our-pukka-place.com and asked what she had available. She sent me pictures and I ordered a few as well as a silk kit for a class I am taking in June.  I was surprised when the package arrived in a sewn bag.
 These are the ones I received.  Silk sewn to a black cotton back.
And the back side. They are about 12 x 12 inches
 And the beautiful pieces of silk with a few bits of bling.
 She also has an etsy site www.etsy.com/shop/Glitzandpieces .  I am not sure what I am going to do with the blocks yet, but I will soon enough.

Monday, May 14, 2012

flowers and hummingbirds

There is a local quilt shop that opened up here. When I went to get fabric for the back of my physics aka string theory quilt I saw these cute little wool blocks of the month that you put together and when done have a wall hanging. I saw the flower which was the third one so I bought that, and the hummingbird was the second one and I got that.

I still have to put the fabric back on the back of the wool square.  I went back to get the third one and my daughter bought it for me for Mothers Day. She also took a picture of the wall hanging so I have something to go by to put it all together.  What fun.  I still have to add feet on the hummingbird, and I did change it a bit. Now if i only keep from loosing these in the house before they are done......

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Quilting Bug

Baby boy quilt using leftover pieces from the physics quilt

Close up

So I have been making quilt tops.  Have all the ingredients for the twin quilt, but also put some strips of baby boy quilt together.  I am using this animal print on the back so its reversible. Fun putting it together but my back hurts again from sewing. I just need to make the quilt layer and do the quilting.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

felt and leather kindle cover

 I have made several kindle covers but wanted one that I could use to hold the kindle and not take it off and put it somewhere I would misplace it. I felted a piece of prefelt to a hardness I liked and cut a piece of deerskin that fit. The deerskin has been laying around the house for years from a past collision my husband had many many years ago. I cut the felt then cut the deerskin to match and glued them together with pva glue.
 I put 4 little velcro dots on the back of the kindle - the hook velcro not the loop and attach it to the felt.
It sticks quite nice and can still be removed.
 Adding a piece of deerskin showing the reverse side made a few slices to add some interest and temporarily put a safety pin on the end so I can close it until I get a better closure. 
The closed kindle cover with kindle inside.  I wanted felt on the inside so I could use the velcro to attach it.
I wanted the leather on the outside because I don't like the way the felt pills and wears. My kindle gets a lot of use and is in and out of my pocketbook often.  This will wear better.  It also is a soft case so I can scrunch it in my hands to hold it and its easier to hold and read than just the kindle alone.

It reminds me of a leather journal and I like it.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Physics in a quilt

Lately we have been talking about Physics. Long story that I will not go into now, but I was wondering If I were to visualize it what would Physics look like. It might make a nice quilt. I searched images for physics and found several. That led me to a fabric site where I searched for fabrics that would fit the images that I saw.
I like doing strip quilts so decided on a pattern in one of my strip quilt books and modified it, of course.

Fabric cut into 6-1/2 inch wide strips and sewn together somewhat randomly. Then cut into 5-1/2, 4 and 2-1/2 inch strips the other direction. Then sewed those strips together making sure the corners don't match.

 atomic stars, blue circles, purple and dark dark blue with color variations in it and fabric called string theory.
Ready to have a solid border sewed on, then I have to get the back ready, find the batting and quilt.
It is a twin bed size. I like it.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Northeast Feltmakers Guild Meeting Part 5

More Show and Tell.  I drove up to the guild meeting with Renate who is a wonderful, enthusiastic and positive person who was telling me all about a class she is teaching where the kids make felt balls, cut them in half so they go home with half and the other half is being felted into a piece of organza to spell out colors in Braille.
 Yes there are men who felt and this next piece was done by Garth who has taken trips into the Grand Canyon and is reproducing his trip in felt.
 Jenny who took an embroidery class and showed her sample. I have an affinity for fish so I had to show this one. Love this fish!
 Susan who is an Art restorer and has been teaching us about how to frame felt art so it lasts. This is her piece from the Creation Myth Guild show.  A very talented and knowledgeable woman. 
So many more pictures I took that did not come out because people were moving and made for blurry felt.
It is an amazing group of talented people who support each other.  I really love the time I spend with this group.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Northeast Feltmakers Guild Meeting Part 4

Several of our members have taken the butterfly shawl class with Jean G.  and showed us the results.

 Flo's buttoned 2 ways so she can wear it differently.   Carol made hers into a jacket.  Both beautiful and unique. That class is one on my list to take sometime.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Northeast Feltmakers Guild Meeting Part 3

Show and tell is one of my favorite events at the meeting. At one of my first meetings one of the members Joei brought in a few pieces she had made and talked about making a quilt for her bed. All her own designs and silk with felt.  I finally got to see the results. All the pictures are from the top of the quilt. Just an amazing beautiful work of art.

 Another talented guild member is Linda Veilleux. She created this wonderful coat with painted silk and felt.If it would have fit me I think I would have tried to sneak out with it on, hee hee.
 Linda teaches and has a class teaching the skirt and top below. I so want to take a class with her and learn how to sew from a pro.
Lots more show and tell to come.