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2012 4th Quarter Weather Challenge

2012 4th Quarter Weather Challenge

I didn’t get a chance to felt my pieces for Karen’s 2012 4th Quarter Weather Challenge until New Year’s day, but I have been thinking about it since she posted it. I like to take pictures of the sky and clouds anyway, but I started looking at them and thinking how I could try to capture them in felt. I also started to make up some blends of wool and fibres to capture the colours and tones.

I didn’t want to try to recreate any of the photos, just try to capture the feeling of the ever changing sky and clouds. This first piece is based on some of the sunsets here recently, they haven’t been as deep or spectacular as usual, probably because it’s been wet, dark and warm instead of bright and cold, but sometimes there’s a little hint of peachey copper.

weather challenge (5)This is a close up of the coppery silk throwster’s waste

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis next piece is based on the thick white and grey cloudy days; billowing, rolling clouds, subtley changing as they grow and float past. It is made from lots of different natural white and light grey wools blended with flax, soy fibre and bamboo for soft golden highlights. The locks are Gotland and Mohair and Bluefaced Leicester.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love days when we get huge swirling black and grey clouds, constantly changing as they storm through the sky. These next two pieces are part of a larger one inspired by dark, cloudy days. I used carded Gotland wool for the background and laid raw Gotland locks in shades from light grey to black on top for the rolling clouds.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis last piece wasn’t based on a photo I took or anything I saw out of the window, but it was inspired by many photos of the effects of the torrential rain we’ve had in the UK over the past 3 months (or last 9 really). A lot of the photos haven’t been pretty; muddy brown water waist deep, roads and pavements broken, whole rows of houses collapsed…but there have beeen some spectacular ones of stormy, cloudy skies and stormy seas, raging rivers, and some great ones of large stormy clouds in bright blue skies reflected on miles of  flooded fields. I wish I’d downloaded the photos, but I’m not sure I could post them without infringeing copyright. This last piece is probably my favourite.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you’d like to see some of my sky photos, they’re in a set on flickr


Weather Challenge

Weather Challenge

I’ve been trying to set aside a little time to work on Karen’s weather challenge. I usually start off with inspirational photos and I was thinking I would use autumn photos.


Perhaps I could use a photo like this for inspiration. This was taken in Glacier National Park which is about 45 minutes from where I live.

Or perhaps this photo would work. I love the colors of the leaves in autumn. We get a lot of yellow leaves from aspen, birch and tamarack trees.


But then I woke up on Tuesday morning to this! Snow, almost four inches of it. This photo is taken in front of my house.


And this is from the back of the house. You can see the edge of the picnic table at the bottom right hand corner that shows the snowfall amount fairly well. So perhaps I’ve already missed autumn and should concentrate on winter weather. I always liked white on white. Hopefully, I’ll get further forward on this challenge soon.

If you get a chance this weekend, check out Artistically Speaking Talk Show. I will be talking to Rebecca Parsons about my book and other fiber art stuff. The show will air on October 28th at 6:30 pm eastern time. If you can’t listen at the time of the show, you can always play the broadcast later. There are also some other great broadcasts with other artists available for listening as well. Wish me luck! 🙂

4th Quarter Challenge _ Weather

4th Quarter Challenge _ Weather

We’ve actually had such a long cold wet winter here in oz that the site of some sunshine is so lovely and with the weather finally starting to warm up I found myself at the beach briefly the other day just taking in the ocean and some warmth, so I thought for this challenge we could felt a piece depicting our own weather no matter where in the world we live, and be it the ocean and sunshine or freezing temperatures with your lovely snow topped mountains, its your seasons.

And just a couple of lovely pictures of our Island in the sun !!

This is a place called the Nobbies were all the little fairy penguins live

Just a gorgeous sunset on the Island, would make a gorgeous felt piece

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s weather challenge to see the difference in our temps right now. Happy Felting and we’d love to see you in our interactive forum where we all love to share some great information or just have a chat, so come along and join in the fun

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