2012 Review

It’s hard to believe it’s almost a year since we posted about our plans for 2012! Looking back over what I’d hoped to achieve I didn’t expect to have done many of them, as the year panned out a lot differently than I expected. One thing I really wanted to do was learn some stitches by taking part in Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST). I did try my hardest, but I found the instructions really hard to follow and gave up after about 13 weeks. I never got the chance to explore direct dyeing felt any further, which is probably a good thing, since I’d hoped to combine the results with stitches I learned from TAST :)  I did dye some fabrics for using in felting, though. And I did actually get around to trying out a Suri Alpaca sample, but I’d hoped to try a few more ‘controlled’ samples so never had enough to make a post about it.

suri alpacaOne thing I was really looking forward to spending time on in 2012 was working more with other felting fibres and fabrics, and writing some tutorials for the studio site. Early in the year I did make quite a few pieces exploring natural fibres with natural wools, which I really enjoyed. Some of the results were quite interesting, like this Suffolk wool and banana fibre piece, a photo of which ended up being used by a Lecturer at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) for a book.

suffolkI did write a few tutorials for the blog this year, but they weren’t about fibres. It seems like I spent a big portion of my time in 2012 on the phone to various government departments and agencies trying to get onto a scheme to become self-employed. I thought I had all the information I needed until it came to writing my business plan and realised I (along with everyone else, it seems) have no idea whether the scheme lasts 6 months or 12, which is quite a problem if you’re trying to forecast things! But hopefully that will all be sorted out in the new year.

I enjoyed taking part in the Studio Challenges this year, I haven’t done a piece for Karen’s weather challenge yet, but I do have some wool and fibres blended and around 40 photos of storm clouds to work from in the next few days :) Another thing I enjoyed this year was finally learning how to make silk paper. I did intend to try a few more methods, but that was another thing I didn’t get around to, though I did buy a book about it!

silk paperA couple of my favourite things from this past year are the bird pods I made and using the electric sewing machine my mum gave me to make collage notebook and diary covers. I still haven’t mastered the speed pedal on the machine, but I can wind a new bobbin really well :) The bird pods were great to do, I haven’t had much success previously making 3d felt from flat resists, but they all turned out really well. This is my favourite.

bird pod whiteI’m looking forward to 2013, all the challenges and exciting new things yet to come. I hope you’ve had nice holidays and if you’ve done your own 2012 review, post a link in comments, we’d love to read them :)

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12 Responses to 2012 Review

  1. You did manage a lot this year. We always want to do more than we have time for. congratulations on having your picture used in a book. I don’t think you told us about that at the time. You are very good at taking pictures of textiles. They are not easy to photograph.

  2. ruthlane says:

    I think you get lots of stuff done Zed. All those samples you make and tons of notebooks etc. I loved your pods too. Starting a business takes tons of time so you should pat yourself on the back. And congrats on your sample being in a book – way cool!

  3. Lyn says:

    You have achieved a lot and well done on the photo being used by RMIT.
    Your fibre photography is terrific!

  4. Linda Spreen says:

    Loved that bird pod and the metallic looking squares in the next to last picture. How are they made?? I make bird pods too but on my last one I put the handle on a little wrong and it looks like a purse with a small hole in it. lol Linda Spreen Will get back to you soon about the photoshop elements etc. Christmas got in the way….

  5. Karen says:

    Wow zed you’ve done very well this year to and accomplished a lot, i didnt know one of your pics made it into another book either so thats fantastic. I loved learning how to make silk paper as well and that bird house pic is one of my favorites. Here’s to a very productive 2013 :)

  6. jane dolan says:

    Belated New Years greetings Zed. When I first started to try and find out more about felting I Googled it as you do, your photos were some of the first I came across, I think it was a tutorial on making a vessel, which I followed to your wonderful flickr photos, I felt like I had found a gold mine, inspiring stuff then, and now.
    Much Thanks for all the effort and time you founding four have put in to make this such a positive, inspiring and wonderful felting resource. All the best for 2013.

    • zedster66 says:

      Aaw, thanks, Jane, that’s really nice of you :)
      I know we’ve all got a lot back from doing the site, and the forum, being able to get feedback and share ideas with like-minded people, and get inspiration too.
      I hope you have a great 2013, too :)

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