I’ve Been Framed

A few years ago I wet and needle felted a Rooster portrait.  Of course, its been sitting in my UFO pile.  I wrote about it here:

https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2014/11/22/a-colorful-rooster/

I had a canvas frame I had used for something else and decided to use the rooster pic to cover it.

Then I tried it on several colored walls.

But I wasn’t really thrilled.  I felt something was missing. Then  I found a frame I thought would be perfect.

So, I removed all the staples, steamed out the bumps and mounted it in the frame.

Here’s a  closeup of the distressed frame which just happens to have a turquoise/teal color accent.

It’s found its home in the teal kitchen.

I think it all ties together nicely.  I feel like I’m looking out a farmhouse window at the rooster. What do you think?

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Pre-Felt Samples and Nuno Scarf

While I had my pre-felt out doing the Suprematist pieces, I thought I’d try a few more samples using it. I’ve only used it a few times, but the suprematist pieces were so quick to felt, I thought it might be quite handy for making small pieces for greetings cards. The first one I tried was using some fibre and cotton gauze ‘paper’ I’d made a few years ago. The pieces were already cut out, I carefully peeled off the gauze and laid them on a piece of prefelt:

I can’t remember which fibre I used, but it looks shiny and metallic in real life, like copper, bronze and graphite, not dull brown, pink and grey! The piece is quite flat:

I used some dyed Silk Carrier Rods for the other two pieces, this first one has ‘whole’ layers peeled from the rods before dyeing:

There’s a bit more texture on this piece:

I used small bits of dyed silk rods on this piece, bits which fell off during peeling or after dyeing:

This had more texture too, probably because the pieces overlapped more:

I’ve been into making scarves lately, or more precisely endlessly carding wool and ironing scrim for making scarves, but I have finished a couple. This is a white one I made a few weeks ago:

I used rose fibre for embellishing:

I cut the scarf wider than my template, and scrunch gathered it to size before adding the wool, so it’d have some texture on the back:

And it only took about half an hour to do the photos this time!

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Another Show and the Red Hat all Done.

I was off at another local show last weekend. I did all right but mostly selling lots of low priced things.  Chatting with other people, it seems to be pretty common this year. We are a government city. The government is having pay roll computer problems and those not caught in it are worried they maybe next pay. A worth while show though. I had a small booth only 6 by 10 feet.

You can see the red hat on the stand but I just took some more pictures so you can have a better look.  I used some tacking stitches to hold the curls in place. You will have to forgive the messy back ground . I had forgotten to take pictures so had to do them in a hurry.

I used some tacking stitches to hold the curls in place.

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Online Class Schedule for 2018

I have posted the online class schedule for 2018. Take a look at the classes listed under the menu item Online Classes to see the schedules for my classes and for Teri Berry’s classes. As always, the Wet Felting for Beginners online class is continuously available so you can sign up now for that one. We have also heard from several other instructors who might be interested in teaching so I will post about that when it occurs. If you are a felting or fiber art instructor that would like to teach some online courses with us, please fill out the Contact Us form.

Teri Berry’s Felted Concertina Hats will be available twice in 2018. This course will be held in February and August. The four-week hat making course will initially guide you through the different options for hat blocks. Week 2 will focus on making a stylish or quirky concertina hat. In week 3, you will make a super-cute snail hat. Week 4 will be an opportunity to catch up or make another hat. For more information click here. 

 

Teri Berry’s new course is all about making felt bags. The 2018 course dates will be in May and November. During this 5 week course you will have the opportunity to make at least 3 bags / purses. In week 1, we will make an animal themed spectacles/phone/pencil case. Week 2  will be spent making a small to medium shoulder / hand bag. The week 3 tutorial is a little more ambitious, we will be making a backpack with adjustable straps, multiple internal compartments and internal pockets. Weeks 4 and 5 will be for catch up / further development, you might like to apply your own design to a bag.

Embellishing Felt with Surface Design Techniques – A Mixed Media Approach, my four-part module online course will be offered every quarter in 2018. The dates will be in January, April, July and October. Each of the modules is only $45 and you can just take one or take them all. You just need basic felting experience and can take the modules in any order. The modules are listed below:

Nuno Felting with Paper Fabric Lamination

This class is about learning the technique of paper fabric lamination and then using those results to nuno felt. Paper fabric lamination is a technique of essentially gluing paper to sheer fabric in a specific design. When  I first learned the technique, I wondered how I would use the result. Many artists use paper fabric lamination and layer the results together with stitching and other methods. When I looked at my samples, I saw sheer fabric with a design and thought “Why not try nuno felting with it?” I tried it, it worked, and I loved the results. It was a way to use my own designs and create a piece of nuno felt that was completely different and in my own style.

Screen Printed Felt Journals by Ruth Lane

Experimental Screen Printing on Felt

Have you put off trying to screen print because you thought it was too complicated? This is the course for you then. This course will teach you about a variety of methods of screen printing that are fun and easy although sometimes a bit messy!

Printing, Stenciling and Playing with Thickened Dye on Felt

Learn to make thickened dye and then use it to make designs on felt or silk. Create your own unique designs with stamps, stencils and stuff found around your house. This course will teach you to experiment and play with thickened dye.

Free Motion Machine Stitching on Felt

This course is all about how to use free motion machine stitching on felt. You will learn a variety of techniques that relate specifically on how to use your sewing machine and enhance hand-made felt. You will learn how to incorporate machine lace into felt, transfer designs to felt, thread sketching on felt and experimenting with new ways to use your sewing machine to embellish felt.

We look forward to an exciting online class schedule in 2018 and hope you’ll consider joining a few of the classes. You can sign up to be notified by email when registration opens. Just fill out the contact us form with the class name and date requested.

 

 

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Playing Some More with Stencils Part 3

Ruth’s Printing and Stenciling with Thickened Dye class has come to an end, but I’ve been continuing to experiment on felt and paper.  This week I’ve had some interesting results I wanted to share.

For this project on felted merino, I used several different colors and objects to try.

The lower left is a type of silver netting used at Christmas for wreaths and other projects. a dried Maple leaf, a plastic bottle sleeve and a tree stencil.  I used a combination of thick and thin dyes. And the red did bleed again when setting the dye.

The gray/silver color is the mesh, the red is the plastic bottle wrap.  The leaf is the green but not very distinguishable.  I used a brayer for all of them.  The stencil didn’t do well at all.  You can only see a few lines here and there.  I didn’t have a plan,  just wanted to see how each would print.

Then I decided to try acrylic on commercial felt.  For this I used a roller type stencil with different textures I made in class with purple metallic paint for a background. It didn’t print very clearly so I didn’t take a pic.  Then I  used handmade leaf stamps in metallic green and a commercial leaf stamp in the corners and a couple of metallic gold accents.

I thought the metallic paint would pop more on the dull smooth felt surface.

Cathy (Luvswool) loaned me a geometric stencil I wanted to try.  She had done some nice stenciling with acrylic on cloth.  I wanted to try it with dye on felt.  Here is the stencil on the felt.  You can see the one rectangle that is solid.  This is what I thought I wanted to do, make each shape solid, but it took a lot of dye and time.  When I just started stippling with an old brush, I liked it better. I also added extra colors in a couple of places.

 

Here it is with the stencil removed and the dye set.

I couldn’t undo the solid teal area, but I did add a couple other solid areas just for balance.  What do you think?

I had fun learning these techniques and as with anything it takes practice.  I’ll have a few more projects to share later.

 

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4th Quarter Challenge Part 2

I felted the Prefelt and Fibre paper Suprematist pieces that I showed you last time. I think the pieces shifted a bit, but this is the first one:

It didn’t have much texture after felting and is quite flat. The colours didn’t blend where they overlapped, but the underneath colour migrated through at the edges:

For some reason the burgundy piece was a lot fuzzier on the edges:

I did alter the second coloured one slightly, I noticed all the triangular shapes were pointing in the same direction on the same angle.

This piece was mostly flat too, the only part which isn’t is at the bottom where I used a piece of the white which is thicker/heavier prefelt:

The white piece was far more interesting before felting:

You can see from an angled photo the different textures, colours and shine better:

A close up:

The different thicknesses are more obvious on the Black and White one:

You can see how shiny the white bamboo is compared to the ‘black’ bamboo from this angle:

Close up:

I know I’m always complaining about how hard it’s been to get decent photos, but I’d forgotten how small the time frame is at this time of year where I live. I know it’s not a huge deal, no one’s expecting ‘professional’ shots on the blog, but when trying to show fibre comparisons for example, or like this week-white on white, you get massively different results depending on the time of day, or whether someone in the flats opposite opens their window just enough to direct the sun right on to your desk! So, here’s a slide show of comparisons for you of trying to photograph the white piece this week: Too late in the afternoon; Too early in the morning; Just right; Just right until neighbours open the window!

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New red hat and reshaping 2 hats

I finished the red the is similar to the blue one I showed you a little while ago.  It’s dry now but I have to add a button to keep the side up. I made the curly ends very long so I think I will have to tack them inside the brim.

red hat with curls 2 red hat with curls 1 red hat with curls 3

I also reshaped a couple of hats. I made them a while ago and lots of people have tried them on and they never look good so it was time to reshape them.

This is the first one:

red pleated hat

I took the buttons off and released the pleats. Then I wet it down and cut strips into it. then folded and wove them together.

Red hat reshaped 2 Red hat reshaped 1

To me the folded up portion it was to big so I trimmed it down. I still have to trim the ends.

Red hat reshaped 3 Red hat reshaped 4

The second is a green one that was similar. Sorry I don’t have a before shot. I was sure I had one on my phone but I didn’t.

green hat reshaped 1 green hat reshaped 2

I am hopping that they sell at the show I am going to this weekend. It’s a new show for me so I don’t know what will happen. It’s in Naven Ontaario Canada.  https://www.facebook.com/events/

 

 

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