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.