Monday, September 27, 2010

More from the felting table ...

I love these scarves and so do my customers. I call it a bubble scarf and it is a flat piece of felt into which I set marbles and then boil on the stove for a while. I let it dry completely and then remove all the marbles. The puckers stay put and the effect is wonderful. This is a beautiful emerald green polworth wool that I bought in WI a couple of weeks ago. Not as soft as merino wool but very useful when felted with the marbles as they tend to set up quite well.
The orange scarf is what the bubbles look like when they are dry.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cider & Cinnamon Fair, Rockford, IL

I will be exhibiting felted wool at the Cider & Cinnamon Art Fair in Rockford, IL on October 2 and 3 (Saturday and Sunday).

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What's On the Felting Table

This is an almost finished large scarf/wrap. I used this beautiful 70/30 merino/silk roving that I bought in WI a couple of weeks ago at River's Edge Fiber Arts. The colorway is Peacock and it has blues, lights and darks. I added merino wool in teal and navy as well as a significant amount of "carbon" merino wool (it shows up as brown in the picture. The pic is not very well lit as it is taken in my basement felting studio. Since my basement has a concrete floor which can get wet it is very convenient for wet felting. This scarf has beautiful dreadlocks, short and long. I finally have a method for achieving the full and wavy dreads that I most love. There is almost a pound of wool in this wrap. Its very warm and will be beautiful over denim. Love it! I'm just sad 'cuz I checked River's Edge website and I cannot get any more of this wool.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

I had a wonderful day at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI recently. I picked up quite a lot of lovely wool and visited my friend, Patty Reedy, at her booth. She is co-owner of Rainbow Fleece Farm in New Glarus, WI and has wonderful wool from her sheep. I have visited her farm a couple of times and have used her wool in some of my projects. I just loved her booth with all the beautiful colors of wool.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Felting Satisfaction

Have you ever been totally satisfied with something? I am now. This purse (and the two other purses I made along with it) turned out just beautiful. I have been using resists now for a couple of years and each time I just don't think I calculate the size and shape of the resist in just the right dimensions. So I have kept on working at it, and now, Success!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Felts

Here is my output for today. Two
very different projects. The lariat
is light and pretty in a literal way.
The silk and wool scarf is a little
mysterious and dark. I love it-them.

Silk and Wool

Here is a new way to use silk for those who are sensitive to wool next to their skin. I felted the silk into the wool, which only goes around to the middle of the neck back. The silk can encircle the neck to protect from the wool and secured with a loop through the holes in the piece. The wool used here is cormo and merino which is the softest of all wools. I think this piece looks very formal because of its form. It isn't a full scarf, rather more of a "cravat" which I think looks dressy. It would look really great with a turtleneck sweater to set off the color of the wool, brown with red highlights.