Thursday, January 29, 2009

I've been going through my magazines and books looking for inspiration for my new piece. So far I've got all kinds of ideas for a new cape/shawl piece -- very lacy and made from this really beautiful merino wool which I have in several colors. I am considering orange and purple or maybe orange and green. I would like it to be very light and airy, almost like a shawl designed in Ireland.

But for my vessel, I really like the colors of blue and black with white and a bit of orange thrown into the mix. Orange is on the opposite side of the color wheel from blue and black and white are so basic. I also like to mix in curly locks. I think that I will let the white be the curly locks which will add texture as well as a "color".

I want to try to make a tall vase/vessel. Maybe 14 or 15 inches and around 6 inches wide and maybe 8 to 10 inches wide at the top edge. Something that holds a glass vase so that one could put cut flowers in it if one wished.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

First Post

This is my first post to the new blog. I've never done this before and am having beginners jitters. I have been working with wool as an art form for two years and have created many pieces. I have a website on etsy ( and I also sell at a physical location here in Rockford, Illinois. Most of the work I've done has been sold. I have few pieces to show case for myself.

My new venture this year is to teach a class in felting here in Rockford. I am arranging a class for end of February. This started with an inquiry about teaching and has now grown. Once we decided on the class project (a journal cover or a cover for a similar item) then my thoughts went to getting the wool, all the tools of felting and making an outline of the class and then going through it for myself to work out the bugs.

I've been working on vessels for a couple of weeks now. I want to create some true art pieces that will have an impact. I am working on needle felting a face to put into the vessel. Here is a picture of the face.

The face isn't finished yet.