Friday, November 21, 2014

Part two of lions mane two sided scarf

I finished felting the dangles and laid the scarf out to dry.

When I try it on, it wraps 3 times around my neck loosely.  I was worried that the length would be too long. I think it feels a little stiff but since it is merino wool, it will probably soften up with a few wears.

I am ready to start another two sided scarf in indigo and coal. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Two sided prefelt lions mane scarf.

Earlier in the year I found a prefelt with one color on each side. Fuchia and Amethyst. the source was I thought it would be fun to try making the lions mane scarf with just the prefelt in the two colors. First I cut it in half lengthwise. I believe it was 23inch x 78 inch so I cut it to be 11-1/2 by 78.
 Wet it down and rolled it up to go on the felting machine.
Although its a prefelt, it needed to be firmed up by partially felting it. 
I rolled it for 10 minutes on the machine.
It came off firm enough to cut. I folded it off center and cut to about one inch from the fold, the length of the piece.  The ends need to be cut differently and are angled. I did not get a picture of that to show.
I wet the cut strands with warm soapy water and now will roll them out on the bamboo mat until they are felted and dangle. At this stage, I can take my time and it can take several days for me to finish felting the dangles.   I will post a picture of the finished scarf when its finished. I think this will be lighter than the lions mane scarf finished previously as I did not add any other wool to the prefelt. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ladyfishfelt Logo

I have been working on getting my house cleaned up so  I can actually find things when I want them. I have yet to get to the felting studio but I did find I need new labels. I decided to do something new so I contacted a friend who is an artist who has been struggling with life lately and I gave her something to do to stir up her artist juices. I asked her to create me a logo.  After sending her photos and some discussion she came up with this.  She is still playing with it but I LOVE it!!  Thank you Lori Doherty.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A gift of Alpaca

Last night I was gifted with an alpaca shearing. Lovely fiber!

 So this morning before work I carded some in my carding machine.
And then spun a little bit.
I cannot wait for lunch so I can play with it some more. I want to see how it felts up. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Playing around with the new techniques I learned from Leiko last weekend. I did a sample size design.


 After felting
I think I actually can felt it down a little more. The size is not quite half of the 12 x 18 starting size. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Workshop with Leiko in New York

This past weekend, I was in Rensselaerville, New York for a Northeast Feltmakers Guild Workshop with Leiko ( . Sharon Costello ( hosted us at her wonderful studio.  I drove up on Friday morning in an attempt to miss the worst part of a huge heavy rainstorm that was moving in. I was able to miss most of the storm on the road but it was starting to rain a little when I got there so I went directly to the Hyuck Preserve ( ) to see the waterfall.

Saturday morning the others arrived and we started making samples with Leiko.
My first sample was learning the pine needle technique. I started with a 10 x 10 inch square and it was reduced by half when done. 

Then on to my favorite one, of which I would like to make in a larger piece, but it is time consuming.

The final sample was in preparation for the large piece to make Sunday. I chose to do rectangles.

Then we had dinner and went Contra dancing which was very fun and funny since none of us knew what we were doing. 
A few of us staying at the studio loft headed back to the studio to start working on our big piece.  I wanted to leave earlier the next day to get home so really wanted to get a head start to try to get it done. 
I got quite a bit done Saturday night and woke up at 6 to start working on it again on Sunday.
And I did finish the piece before I had to leave. 
I thought Leiko was a great teacher, she explained things in great detail and was always available to help. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lions Mane Scarf - Northeast Feltmakers Guild Meeting Program

Today was the first day of the NEFG April Meeting and the Program/workshop day. Due to a last minute scheduling conflict we had Renate teaching us how to make what I call a Lion Mane Scarf.

I migrated towards the turquoise blue but decided to move out of my comfort zone and went with a rich red prefelt 15 x 70 inches long.  I had brought with me a yellow prefelt which I cut into 1 inch width and layed that on the edge of the red. I then put down a gold wool to soften the inside and then some tencel that I had dyed a golden color previously.  towards the top of the picture you see the yellow prefelt. The left side shows the gold on top of the yellow prefelt, and the right side bottom has the tencel as a top layer.

Once felted the edges are cut approximately 3/4 of an inch in strips. 
They are then bundled with the tops up and rolled in your hands to round them out, felting them more. 

The scarf is folded in half while cutting so both sides are similar lengths and widths. 

And the finished scarf on me looks like a Lion's Mane according to my daughter. many people commented on how the tencel added a glow to the tips of the scarf. 
I really was pleased with the results and I think I will love wearing this scarf. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pre Guild Meeting workshop with Renate

One of my favorite all time people is Renate. She is so exuberant and just really really nice. She is also a super talented woman and was teaching a pre guild meeting workshop on different techniques for creating cracks in felt.  What turns out to be a mosaic like appearance.

The piece below is a mosaic scarf 

The piece below is mine. I took a piece of silk and applied masking tape to it in the design I wanted. I then applied merino wool roving on top in several layers. Added a bit of tencel for fun and felted the piece. Once felted I took scissors and cut the wool away in the channel left by the masking tape. This must be done very carefully so you do not cut the silk background. Then I continued to felt the edges of the cuts. My piece was just a sample size, but I can picture a top made like this.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dabbling in Red

One of the new friends I made this year was intrigued by my felting and I went to show him some of my work. He wanted me to make a scarf for his wife for Christmas but asked me if I ever did any other colors. They wanted Red. I almost never work in red but looked forward to the chance to do so.

I found a red they liked and made this scarf with a red merino top.  His wife likes red and is very spunky and fun, so I did dandelion/sparkler type flowers out a a yellow tencel with green tencel stems.  I dyed the tencel myself to get the colors I was looking for. The scarf came out really well and she really liked it a lot. I actually made 3 different scarves and let her take her pick. She picked the one I designed first for her.

I enjoyed working with the tencel and it felts in really well. It also takes dye quite nicely. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nuno felted scarf - Great Barrier Reef Blue Merino

This year I have made several scarves as custom orders for different people. This one turned out really nice.
I measure the habotai silk out and fold over the sides about two inches. I use a spray bottle to wet it as I am turning the sides so it stays in place. Placing the merino wool on the edge of the fold so that the silk will ruffle on the edges and the seam is hidden.  The inside of the silk gets the design.
It then gets wetted down with soapy water and rolled up. I put it on the rolling machine for about 15 to 30 minutes and take it off to finish it by hand.

The new owner of this scarf liked it quite a bit.  I have another scarf I need to begin working on next week for another person and am thinking of what design to use in the center.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My other passion

Last year, I had a conversation with my wonderful felting friend Heather Woollove of the famous Heather Woollove blog.  She told me I needed to get out of the house and meet real people that I can talk to. I work from home and was becoming an unhappy hermit. So I decided to take a class at the Adult evening school.
I saw Scuba, and remembered a conversation I had with a friend the week before about swimming and I had told him I always liked swimming under the docks instead of on top of the water. I have always been a very curious person.

So I signed up for a scuba diving class not really giving it much thought. Normally I do research on everything but this time I did not do any research on this, just signed up.  I had a fantastic instructor who decided to teach the class with the only student who signed up, Me!  He threw quite a few challenges at me, which only made me more determined to finish the class and dive. And I did.

I finished my certification dives at Dutch Springs and really really wanted to keep diving but had no one to dive with. I started researching on the web and found Indian Valley Scuba and the really nice Dave V. who told me they had a trailer at Dutch Springs and just come up and they would find someone to dive with me.
So I did and they did. I met Pete, Dave O, Denise, Jay and a bunch of other really nice people who did not mind me hanging around diving with them.

Most people do not realize I have always been a very shy person.  Since I started diving a whole new world has opened up for me and I have embraced it. It's a very social sport, and there are many really nice and friendly people who dive. I was afraid I would not be able to find people to dive with me but I have not only found people to dive with me, but experienced divers (Jeff, John, Donald...) who I can go to for advice who have become good friends.

This is a video I took last year with my go pro on a dive at Dutch Springs with Donald. Diving season is starting up soon here and I am patiently waiting to get back under the water.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Playing around making a panel

Recently, I was playing around with making a panel just for fun.

 It came out quite interesting like an abstract lightning storm instead of a forest of birch trees. The white is tencel . It was placed on a background of silk gauze.  It is the length of a scarf but more like a panel
I like the way this turned out and have some ideas to make a larger piece more of a lap quilt size wall hanging. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

 In February I put together a body of work that I displayed at the local library. It was the first time I put everything together in one spot. Well almost everything since some pieces were too big or wide to put in there.

Since this show I have had 3 scarf commissions, one of which I need to finish.