Saturday, August 22, 2009

Things I've finished this week.

I was so busy this week finishing a few things. I finished the blue knitted ruffle with the sequins. It turned out really well and I think its almost a piece of jewelry as well as a scarf. I created a flat piece of felt out of the red wool top and then used marbles to make the bubbles in the wool. It is heat set and looks very elegant. I can see this on a suit coat. I made another of my favorite combo of colors -- green and blue. I used some wooden beads on the fringe for some added interest.

Friday, August 7, 2009

More felting!

I finished the purse and its flower pin in the left photo and the flower pin in the right photo. Flowers are fun to do and never are the same. The purse is very plain with a silk hankie felted into the wool. This creates a leathery feel to the surface and beautiful colors. The handle is felted into the purse so that there are no seams and no sewing making it very easy to finish. The flower pin was created out of curly locks.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Knitting and Felting

Recently, I visited the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Festival and purchased a lot of beautiful yarn and I've been knitting some really great scarves. In the process of knitting scarves I have been expanding my skill set. This scarf on the left is knit in "short rows" so that it forms a "fan" which makes it swirl. This is a mohair type yarn and I attached sequins before I began to knit. I think this is one of those one doesn't do every day because knitting in the sequins is time consuming. But it will drape around the neck and be really pretty when it is done.
The picture on the right is a set of table mats I made. These are really pretty on a table. But, each one takes about 1.75 to 2 hours to make. I have them for sale on etsy and at the shop for $80 for the set.
I am looking forward to September's wool shows -- Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg and the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival.