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Monday, August 25, 2014

DUH!

Just taught my class in Artfelt and forgot to take a single photo! DUH!!!  I can't believe it!  And it was a GOOD class!  Two students and a lurker!  2 and1/2 hours later, each had a cuff and a square sample from which to make a brooch on their own. The students were thrilled - as was I!

I've just emailed them both to see if they could photograph their pieces right away to show the felting and then to show how they have finished them for wearing or selling.  I think the results were stunning, and I know once dry and fashioned into a cuff and brooch respectively, they will be knock-outs!


In the meantime, I can only show my pieces….using wool roving and colors that I was happy to part with.  Not a fan of pinks and purples (except hot pink), these are not my faves. Tomorrow I'll finish them as brooch (left) and cuff (right) and show photos.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Class in Felting Using ARTFELT Paper


I'm biting the bullet!  People often ask if I teach felting.  I have and I do, but only one kind (amongst the four kinds I do).  I will teach how to use Artfelt paper to create felt and nuno felt without the physical  labor involved with hand- or wet-felting.  In my mind, each has a different purpose, and I don't yet feel qualified to teach wet felting.

So….on August 25 from 1-3pm, I will teach a class using Artfelt paper, the results of which will be a cuff and a squarish sample that can be turned into a brooch.  Here are some examples of cuffs and brooches from my own repertoire.

If you'd like more info, please leave a comment here or PM me on FB.  I'll get back to you right away.

  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Successful Sales and Show!

Statement Collar
Thank you, Wilmington friends, for braving the storms and coming out to see the sale items at my home last Saturday!  I'm happy that many of YOU were able to take advantage of the reductions on many items and to view some of my new work in felt and freeform.  I do still have many items at home with good prices.  Contact me personally if you'd like to see what still remains.  Some of the items have been returned to Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts where my prices can only be altered if I'm there.  I'll be there TODAY from 12-4; August 23 from 10-5:30, and August 31 from 12-4.

Purple Passion Schroodle
Selling one's work is a tricky thing.  Still, after so many years, I have some difficulty promoting myself, but marketing is crucial for anyone who sells.  Hence my use of this medium as well as FB, Twitter, flickr, and Constant Contact.  Follow me on FB to see new work as it comes off the hands.


I am also happy to report that the new work is selling - as well as the old.  So far, it's been a very good month for me….just yesterday at PCPFC, out went the very first Statement Collar, a new nuno felted scarf, and a Schroodle, among other things.


Nuno Felt Scarf

  

















Sunday, July 27, 2014

FIRST-EVER Summer Sale!

Can you think holidays in Summer?  
Do you like to plan ahead? 


 I'm having a first-time sale of mostly Winter items on August 2 at my home from 10am - 3pm.  I have many items I need to move to make room for newly created designs in freeform knit/crochet and felting (Nuno and hand/wet felting).  

  




There will also be a preview of these new designs (they are FOR sale but not ON sale!) 
The photos above are actual sale items!

During this sale, the main areas of my house will serve to display the reduced items (up to 50% off) and the front bedroom - usually designated the Bargain Room - will be reserved for new work that represents two courses I've recently taken in Freeform Knit and Crochet with Lisa Doherty 
and Surface Design in Felting with Fiona Duthie.

Photos below represent new designs.

   



This is a one-day only sale!  Contact me for additional info or special arrangements - or just come on over!

Come early for best selection of scarves, bags, shawls, neck wraps, brooches, and much more!


Saturday, August 2, 2014
10 - 3
Wilmington, NC


Thursday, June 26, 2014

DONE!


It's official!  I'm actually traveling in October to Hudson, WI to take an exciting felting class with Beth Marx !  It is sponsored by Robbin Firth of Heartfelt Silks at the St. Croix Gallery.  The focus is on vest-making in nuno felt, combining merino wool roving, silk fabric, and other inclusions and techniques.  I "met" Beth in the Fiona Duthie online workshop just completed last month.  She was enormously helpful and supportive, emailing daily, exchanging photos, ideas, and even lots of personal data.  With her reassurance (and that of my doctor who determined that I do not have rotator cuff issues), I decided to take the plunge!  You can read call about Robbin's Fabulous Fibre Month on her blog.

I've never been to a workshop of this nature.  I have taken several one-on one (Jean Gauger and Cynthia Mollenkopf) classes as well as small group workshops in felting, but this will be very special.  It represents a commitment to the medium and an evolution in my creative endeavors.  It also represents a travel/logistical nightmare!

The materials list is enormous!  And I'm flying to MN!  My felting materials currently reside in three distinct (and decidedly NOT convenient!) spaces of my home.  I don't own some of the required materials, and in looking at the list, I can't figure out HOW to get all of it there.  I've already bought a suitcase - probably not big enough, but it has to be something I can manage by myself.

I feel fortunate to be able to book my flights and car with miles, a hotel at a reasonable workshop rate, and also spend two days with my nephew, whose wife and children I have never met!  I'm excited by all this, but I'm trying real hard to stay focused and sane in the interim.  I hope to produce something similar to the vest Beth is wearing in the photo above.

I've been creating wraps and scarves, incorporating some of the techniques learned in Fiona's workshop.  Beth and I both seem to have fixated on similar favored techniques.  My final project for Fiona's class sold within three days; the ones below are available:









Thursday, June 12, 2014

Updates!

I have been so busy recently that my musings on this blog have been non-existent.  Since the end of the Fiona Duthie online felting workshop, life has had a life of its own that didn't seem to include writing.  It was all about felting!  Then there was some travel, first to Charleston and Spoleto Festival and then to Asheville for the NC State Tennis Championships.  Now it's catch-up time.

Fiona Duthie's Six-Week Online Felting Workshop

This was well worth every minute and every penny.  I learned so many new techniques for felting - mostly from Fiona herself, but also from others in the class, most notably Beth Marx.   I made about 40 samples throughout the class; several have ended up on the flaps of my knitted and felted Sassy Sacs and Clutches.  (I love to repurpose things, and what a shame it would be to not utilize these samples in some way!)

And then…..I've decided to commit myself to making more nuno felting: larger, reversible pieces (scarves, caplets, wraps) that include a number of my favorite techniques (craters, bumps, color carvings, inclusions, lace).  One scarf I'm keeping; one wrap (which was my final course project) has already sold, and another will be available at Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts on Saturday.  I'm ecstatic but also hurting!  A visit to the orthopedic surgeon next week will tell me if my should will allow me to push this further.   And if all goes well, I will travel to WI in October to take an in-person workshop with Beth Marx.  So exciting!

  




Charleston and Spoleto



I LOVE Charleston!  I think it's my favorite Southern city!  For a few years I've been wanting to go there for their well-known Spoleto Festival of the Arts.  And we wanted to meet our friends there on their way back to RI from FL.  So we decided to rent place to stay, away from the madding crowds.  My friend (also Louise!) handled tickets to two venues, and I found the rental and made restaurant reservations.  This is a HUGE event held every year that lasts for 17 days and brings HUGE crowds from all over.  We saw A Simple Space, a small group of acrobats who accomplish breath-taking feats in an unbelievably small space.  Fabulous!  And then we went to a Charenee Wade open-air jazz concert.  In between we quite literally walked Charleston when we weren't enjoying the peace and quiet in our PERFECT rental at 4 Beaufain St, right off King St in the middle of the shopping district.

We had reservations at Magnolia and Blossom, both of which we'd been to before.  Magnolia was a huge disappointment this time, so we cancelled Blossom and instead went to a small Italian restaurant, Il Cortile del Re right on King Street not far from our "flat."  It was great!

Asheville and the NC State Tennis Championships
My tennis team made it to the Championships (by default), but who cares.  Nine of us traveled to Asheville for the time of our lives.  We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Resort in rooms that were clustered, had beautiful weather, and matches that were spread out over three days, so there was plenty of time for shopping, gallery-hopping, yarn and roving sourcing, eating, and more fun!  The matches, well….we weren't stellar, but we came in 4th and that was very acceptable to us.  Oh, and Mary Ann and I won our last match, as did the team!

We had dinners together (Tupelo Honey Cafe and Zambra's) and lunch at The Grove Park Inn where we also visited their amazing gallery, Grovewood Gallery.  My friend/roommate and I (same friend who went to France with me a few years ago!) shopped (she for clothes; I for fiber/yarn). Most notable: Bellagio Everyday and Bellagio Art to Wear,  and my new favorite yarn/fiber shop, Friends and Fiberworks.  I found hand-dyed merino in beautiful shades and even met the dyer!  It is those fibers that are currently enticing me strongly!







Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The End!

I have been enthralled with the online felting workshop so graciously and generously offered by Fiona Duthie.  And I have learned SOOOOO much!  Part of me is saddened that it's just about over, but the other part of me is happy for the reprieve.  This has taken a toll on my body and brain!  I may need a break, to work on scrumbling, loops. shawls, and other knit, crochet. or upcycled goodies!  But I fear stashing it all because to drag it all out again is a major effort.  My goal will be to find a storage idea that can quickly come out and then be stashed!  Any ideas?

The problem is my house!  I have a studio in our FROG (Finished Room Over Garage), but it serves mostly as a storage place for most of my crafty supplies (but not felting supplies!): yarn, needles, beads, threads, sewing machine, ironing board, and when needed, it serves as a guest room in which I can sleep SIX!  Making it usable as guest bedroom requires an extreme effort to stash and stow all the stuff that is inevitably hanging around most of the time.  I COULD felt up there if I had a work surface and if I imported the water needed.  So….the kitchen is my work space for felting; the laundry room houses the felting supplies.

For the past SIX weeks, the kitchen counter has been overwhelmed with a growing mess of silk, wool roving, wool batts, fabric scraps, beads, ribbons, various other items for inclusions, bubble wrap, rug mats, sushi mats, resists, soap, containers, and so much more.  Here are two photos of the kitchen as it currently exists in this final week - and this has been organized a bit since yesterday!  And three photos of the space my DH has in his garage studio!

And if I want to continue with this or other types of felting, I need to trot it all out again once I manage to find areas in which to keep it all!  Not a pretty picture.  Now my DH does have a studio for his pottery (that he is rarely doing these days!)  It was built by borrowing one bay of our two-car garage, heated and air-conditioned, with a set tub and hot/cold water.  It houses all his clay, glazes, wheel, and all that dirty stuff needed for making pottery.  AND HE'S NOT USING IT!!!!  Plus his car has to stay out all the time.  But….he refuses to give it up (can't say I blame him), and it would require massive cleaning efforts to make it usable as a wet lab that is CLEAN!  I can't imagine any of that happening any time soon.

So he (and I) will have to put up with the mess - which BTW is currently all over the house - from time to time.  I've set my goal to arranging storage that works for me and one day a week of felting time.  We'll see what happens!

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