Tick Tock Day

Tick Tock Day

December 29th is called Tick Tock Day. It is a reminder that there are only 2 days before the new year. It is traditionally when the prior year is reviewed for lessons learned and achievements met, lists are made for the coming year whether it be new year resolutions or goals and dreams that you long to fulfill. So it seems a good day for me to look back over what we have accomplished here at The Felting and Fiber Studio and what I have managed creatively in 2015.

Color Wheel of Thread


At the Studio, we started off the year with a focus on color. All of the Studio Challenges related to color this year. Thanks to everyone who participated in the color challenges and we hope you learned a little more about color wheels, color schemes and how to blend different colors of wool to achieve the exact color you wanted or needed.

100 perc TFFS college of felt and fiber arts 2

We were very proud to begin offering online classes here at the studio. We had several very successful Wet Felting for Beginners classes and I offered the first module of a series of classes Nuno Felting with Paper Fabric Lamination. In 2016, the Wet Felting for Beginners is available at your convenience and I will be starting my first Experimental Screen Printing on Felt class on January 22nd. I plan on offering the Nuno Felting with Paper Fabric Lamination in the spring too.

final product

Our number one viewed post for 2015, was the wonderful tutorial on making slippers by Nada V. The other posts in the top 5 were Eco Printing Onto a Silk Chiffon Scarf by Terriea KwongIce Dyeing – A Quick How ToMaking a Cat Cave and our page Wool and Other Animal Fibers. So you can see that posts from our forum members and guest artists are very popular. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the site this year – we appreciate it.

Close Up of Pomegranate Stitching

Now on to a few things that I created myself this year. It seems like all I did was work on my online class videos and PDF’s. I know I spent a lot of my time with that for sure. But I did make a few things.

There was dyeing fabric, dyeing fiber and playing with Gotland locks. I made some slippers, cat toys, notebook covers, phone sleeves and drink sleeves. I played in my sketchbooks all year long and made one sketchbook that was a study in shades of green. With my local surface design group, we played with screen printed rust, layering synthetic fabrics, mixed media paintings, silk paper making, making silk screens and soy wax combined with shibori techniques. I started a new project with my friend Deb Stika using her designs for machine stitched samples which might become a book someday.

Book Cover

My friends and I self published a book called The Whitefish Fashion Collection and put on an exhibition of all the sketches and artwork included in the book in August.

Close Up of Norman

This is one of the sketches that I recreated in stitch and colored pencil on fabric.


I also traveled a bit in 2015 including visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and New York City. Both were inspirational in different ways.

The Ladies in the Class

I enjoyed assisting Gail Harker in a Level 1 Experimental Hand Stitch in Kalispell in June. It was a great group of ladies and we all had a wonderful session of stitching. We are planning a Level 1 Experimental Machine Stitch course in May of 2016 with more details to follow.

The year has been a busy one and I think next year will be the same. I always seem to have something on my plate. What do you have planned for next year? We would love to hear about it on the forum or if you have an idea for a guest post, please let us know. We are still looking for anyone who is interested in teaching an online course. We would love for you to submit a proposal for a class.

So Tick Tock, the year is coming to a close. We here at The Felting and Fiber Studio wish you a happy and creative, fiber filled new year.


16 thoughts on “Tick Tock Day

  1. Tick Tock Day is new to me and it sounds like a good thing.

    You are an ‘achiever’ Ruth and I’ve enjoyed this post very much.

    1. I had actually never heard of Tick Tock Day until this year. It was on one of my calendars and I looked it up. Thanks for all your support Lyn, we appreciate it.

  2. Although I have never before heard about Tick Tock Day, it makes sense to look back and then forward. You have accomplished much this year with your artistic pursuits. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am pretty sure there are a lot of people who haven’t heard of Tick Tock Day including myself before a few weeks ago. Thanks Cathy for being part of our community and all of your support – it’s appreciated.

  3. I’d never heard of Tick Tock Day either, but it makes sense. You’ve had a very busy colorful fibery year! Happy New Year!

  4. great way to end one year and start a new! as a late joiner is there any way o see the wet felt on the slippers ? I have made couple of pairs in the past but none with that style off opening? did you use a resist type of pattern if so how was the opening cut? I know how to do rest thanks and HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL linda cutler

    1. Thanks Ann – not sure how much I get done. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like much but those spare minutes here and there really do help.

  5. Another busy and creative year – not that I would expect anything else! Thanks for being such a mine of ideas and inspiration – and wishing you a very happy, healthy and creative 2016!

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