Felted Flower Class

I did a short evening class this last Wednesday. It’s just 2.5 hours long.

First we did just a felt petunia type flower to give them all the idea. I forgot to take pictures of that but there are a couple in the finished shots at the end. Then we did silk hanky flowers with stems and stamens.

They all turned out lovely. Everyone seemed to have a good time even the lady that thought it was going to be a needle felting class. Some of the colours were unusual but they turned out great.

Have you made silk hanky flowers?

 

 

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Registration Open for Nuno Felting with Paper Fabric Lamination

Our next online class Nuno Felting with Paper Fabric Lamination will begin on May 5, 2017. Registration is open now. Click here for further information and to register.

Module 1 of Embellishing Felt with Surface Design Techniques - A Mixed Media Approach, Online Course by Ruth LaneIn this course, you will learn the technique of paper fabric lamination with a variety of types of paper and silk or organza fabric. Once you have made the “paper fabric”, you will then learn how to use it  in nuno felting as an embellishment and as a base for a large piece of nuno felt. You will be using stencils or silk screens to develop designs that can then be applied to felt.

This is an example of a postcard that I made for one of our forum exchanges that used the technique of paper fabric lamination, nuno felting and free motion machine stitching.

Nuno Felted Paper Fabric Lamination, Ruth Lane

The fossils on this piece of felt are paper fabric laminated on to organza which was then nuno felted.

Here is another piece that was created with the paper fabric lamination process, nuno felted and then hand stitched. So if this looks like something you’d love to learn, register now.

In regards to other classes, Terri has set the next date for her Concertina Hat class. It will be this summer beginning July 20th. Registration for this course will begin 4 weeks before the class start date. If you are interested and would like to add your name to the email notification list to be notified when registration opens, please fill out our contact form with your information and the class you are interested in.

If you are a beginner, our Wet Felting for Beginners class is always available. Sign up  here. 

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Finishing an Eco Piece

Last year Cathy (Luvswool) and I did some eco dyeing.  https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2016/11/03/eco-printing/

They pieces have been hanging around and I was going through them again and decided I liked the heavy cotton one in particular.  It was time to finish it.  Of course, it wasn’t that easy to decide what to do.  At first I thought I’d stitch the flowers and leaves, but I’m not that great at embroidery. So it sat for awhile again.

I really liked the straggly edges. Besides, if I turned the edges over I’d lose some of the nice design. Here is part of the design.  You can see at the top the ragged edge.  The two long sides were not that way, but I spent some time in front of the TV pulling out strands so they would all look the same.

I chose some embroidery threads that reflected the colors of the imprints, but subtle enough not to fight the design.

I did three rows of stitching around the whole piece.

I had decided it would be a wall hanging so I attached a small dowel with loops on the back.

The next question is where would I hang it so it would really look good.  I have a lot of dark walls and some light gold.  It’s hard to see the gold here, but there was some contrast.

My kitchen is teal and generally sunny.

The living room is a deep bronze color.

The family room is deep moss.

We’ve had a lot of dark days here, so I know the photos aren’t the best.

What do you think?

 

Just a quick addition.  This past weekend I met with my siblings in Madison, WI for lunch.  My sister Car brought me a fleece from one of the twin boys born last year – Little Will.  Here’s a quick peek at the open bag which was quite heavy.

While we were having lunch Car’s Granddaughter Madison received pics of two new twins that were just born.  A little boy at 8lbs 12 oz and a girl at 9lbs 6 oz born to ewe Mary.

What a great way to celebrate the get together!

 

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Thin Felt and Spinning

Last week at the well-being centre I made a sample of felt that would be suitable for a lampshade cover. We’ve spoken about it there before, and samples usually explain things a lot better than words. I used a blended batt which was mostly Merino, but had some other fibres blended in too. I did two fine layers, then teased out some dyed locks to add, then did another two fine layers, and added embellishments. It was a lot duskier in colour than I expected:

Some of the embellishments I added were from a box listed as ‘silk threads’, I didn’t think they were, so burnt a piece when I got home, and it smelled like cellulose, so I’m going to guess they’re Viscose/Rayon. They’re really nice, whatever. I also used some throwster’s waste, nylon and viscose fibre:

I love holding thin pieces up to the window:

On this one you can see the losks between the layers a bit more clearly:

I mentioned not so long ago, I’d been writing a tutorial about how to make soft wispy felt, and I’ve finally nished it. Funnily enough, it’s called Learn to Make Soft Wispy Felt 🙂 I did a blog post about it the other day, and you can find all the info on the ‘Soft Wispy Felt’ page 🙂
I got my spinning wheel back out this week, I thought I’d finish off the batts I’d made with the ‘superwash’ type yarn to finish off the weaving. Apparently I hadn’t made any more purple, just a purple/blue blend and a multi batt. I span the multi batt first. It’s alright, but looks quite dull in places where there are too many colours:

I unwound some from the bobbin to see how it was looser, I liked how it looked in this photo when it twiddled itself together:

I was reading something for Ruth’s Fauvism challenge which got me thinking, so I made a thinner yarn with the purple/blue batt, really thin in places:

And I wanted something even thinner, so after a bit of a poor start with some green, got what I was after with some turquoise:

Then for some reason, yesterday, everything I tried was ‘bobbins’ as we say up here! (rubbish, from rhyming slang–bobbins of cotton=rotten). I must have put my tension spring thingie back on wrong!

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Second Quarter Challenge

I can’t believe it is  April first tomorrow and time for the second quarter Challenge. We are doing Art periods this year. I decided to  do Celtic art. Well then I started looking and of course it is not that simple. I decided to go with Early Celtic art, a  term used for a  period, stretching in Britain to about 150 AD. The other name for it is  the La Tène period (broadly 5th to 1st centuries BC) this is a period when there were not so many “Celtic” knots and more people and animals in the art along with many swirls. I think of Celtic as being Irish but it starts over in Switzerland and spread out from there. I think, if I am reading it correctly, it’s the romans that squashed it over towards Ireland where it survive because the romans didn’t make it there.

This is a good reference http://www.ancient-celts.com/ancientvsmedievalart6.html these pictures came form this site.

I haven’t had time to make anything yet myself but I do love swirls and spirals.

Wikipedia has a lot more information that I won’t rewrite here for you. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_art There are links to more information if you want the history part. And her are more pictures to inspire you  art link . I hope you enjoy creating in this style. Please post your creations over on the forum. We like to see what everyone is doing, beginners and  experts alike.

 

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Fauvist Felt from the Forum

Believe it or not, but the end of the first quarter of the year is almost here. I thought that you all might like to see the felt created by our forum members for the 1st Quarter Fauvism Challenge. We had some wonderful pieces created by our members. If you create a piece for any of our challenges, please feel free to join us over on the forum to share your work.  Or even if you don’t join in on the challenges, you’re welcome to join us!

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If you hold your cursor over each photo, you will be able to see who created each piece. Isn’t this a wonderful selection of colors? I think that everyone captured the Fauvist spirit in their own unique way. Thanks to all of you who participated, I enjoyed seeing your creations.

The second quarter challenge will be announced soon and I invite you to join in the fun. It’s always good to push yourself in directions you might not have taken on your own.

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It’s That Time of Year

Instead of doing another crochet post, I thought I’d share my sister Carol’s good news.

On March 19, I received an email with pics of the latest additions to her sheep family. Twin girls!  They were born at 5 a.m. to Secret Seven. One weighed 10 lbs 15 oz and the other weighed 11 lbs.

The Mom is Dorset & Corriedale.  She was  bred with an East Friesian & Lacaune dairy ram for these cute little lambs. Carol’s granddaughter, Madison, named them Joy and Snowflake, for now.

I had written about her new sheep acquisition last year here:

https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2016/04/25/welcome-to-the-family/

Carol is expecting her East Friesan/Lacaune dairy ewe will deliver this week.  Her other two Corriedale & Dorest mix will deliver next month.  She has 9 older sheep and the two babies at the moment.  Three Corriedale & Dorset ewes, three Corriedale  & Dorset wethers and two East Friesian & Lucaune dairy ewes and a East Friesian & Lucaune dairy ram.  She’s hoping to get a Corriedale ram this year.

I hadn’t heard of the Friesian or Lacaune breeds. So, I looked them up.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Friesian_sheep

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacaune_(sheep)

Evidently, they are both known for their milk being used for gourmet cheeses.  So, my sister plans to milk two of them to make cheese.

While they will be busy with babies, they will also be shearing the sheep soon. Yes, I will be getting fleeces to play with!

 

 

 

 

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