Friday, December 26, 2008

Joy of Feltmaking, playing with turquoise

This is one of my felt samples . It is made just for the pure pleasure of feltmaking and sometimes to see how things and colors will come together. The color I was playing around with is turquoise. While I like how it blends with many colors, my eyes especially enjoy the blending of turquoise and purple. This wonderful color happens when the two of them are blended together on a felt that I find both stimulating and very peaceful.

I know not one thing about color theory and am ashamed of that when I am talking with other fiber artist and they begin talking color theory. They'll ask "Where did you study color theory" and with usual deer in the headlights response, I just shrug and say "I didn't,... yet". So much for calm and peaceful, the "anxiety-ometer " reaches new heights and I feel like a glowing idiot. Recently though, I've come to realize that the term "earth tones" is very different to each person. Each time, I am secretly amazed and amused at the term all together. What color is it exactly that we don't have on earth? Are not all of the colors that we see EARTH COLORS and TONES? Because I've practiced asking people what they mean by earth tones, I am getting a better sense of it , but the term does make me a little jittery. (OK, the secret is out) And as I look out over this vast and spectacular creation, I am amazed at the colors and shapes that God took the time to make for us. I love that kind of generosity

It's a small piece. It may becomes something some day but for now, it is just a piece of felt with many colors.

Update on this entry: This piece did find it's rightful home. It went to my friend Irene, who has a lovely wine decanter sitting atop of it and lovely bottles of wonderful wine all around it. Cool huh?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wool Felt Hats

It's been a very busy week of felt making and the line about "miles to go before I sleep" is running through my mind like crazy. I also managed to get a wool felt vessel done and a couple of other hats too. These are the only photos that I have to share right now.

The purple felt hat with is a favorite design over a flat resist. Love the top dreds coming off of the top. Makes it very playful.
The dark purple hat was done using the needle felt form, with three layers of merino wool, then silk fabric, metallic fabric and a silk hankie applied over the crown. Photo does not show how really pretty this hat is.

The final hat is again over flat resist, with designs cut into the final felt for exposure of the under belly, as it were.

Now for a little Christmastime with my beloved family. I hope that yours is wonderful too.
Blessings to all,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Needle Felt, and New Life for an Old Sweater

I love, love, love wandering second hand and re-sale shops. I especially enjoy finding items with the tags still on from the original store or owner of the item. Such was the case of this "boiled wool" button up sweater. I had originally planned on purchasing it and then dyeing it to my color preferences, but then I got to thinking about some of the other sweaters that I've needle felted onto and decided to do the same to this one. Now, while not a complicated procedure or technique, getting the fiber to stick and stay can be a bit touchy. I often buy 100% wool sweaters that are several sizes larger than I wear so that after I've needle felted then with rovings, I can very gently full them in the washer or buy hand, knowing that there will be some shrinkage that occurs. I usually use cold water for this and have enjoyed the results very much. I'll try to show the progress of this sweater as it takes it's path down a new road of colors and textures. This project is very portable. I put the sweater on one of my purse forms (which just happens to be perfect for this) and grab a bag of roving, place and needle felt. The inside of the sweater has a water color effect. Almost makes me think I should be putting the wool on the inside and have the watercolr effect on the outside. Hmmmmmmmmmm, now that's another idea to share and play with!

One of the very first sweaters I did this with was in Spin-Off after the Denver Convergence, was that like 6 years ago now???? Anyway, it remains a favorite. I take it with me when I teach and often ask students to add to the sweater. It is all student work and therefore, very special to me.

Did you see the moon last night? By Friday, it is going to be SPECTACULAR and setting very far in the north. It's worth the effort to see it!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Felt Bracelet, Felt Cuff

Ok, did the book markers and then felt guilty about not doing the bracelet, so here one is. I used gold colored prefelt wool, then added the metallic fabrics and silk pieces, then added an overlay of silk from a hand dyed silk hankie, then felted the piece. I'm sewing the snaps into place right after I add this entry.
I think I'll be doing more of these as well as showing my Best Buddy Dawn the technique on Friday.
Friday is my birthday and Dawn and I always spend a good portion of that day together, felting and laughing and felting some more. She is just the BEST!

Felt bracelet and felt bookmakers

Yesterday, I spent a good deal of time talking on the phone with Suzanne Morgan (her website is listed on my sidebar) who I've met several times at different shows, once at the Midwest Felting Symposium and once at SAFF in North Carolina. She is an incredible artist, working with silk, wool and beads. Her best work is in the designs of her felt bangles or cuffs as she calls them. They are so pretty, so fem, and so easy to make. She has them all packaged up in these neat little kits, guaranteed to succeed in felt making. Suzanne is a delightful person, soft and strong kind of quiet person. I'll encourage all of you to take a peek at her website and her works. Her silks are simply stunning and lovely to work with in the felting process.

I decided to try to make one of the bracelets, then found I really liked the idea of felt bookmakers instead. I am thinking that these are a great way to use some of my silk hankies, prefelts and a few others things that have taken up every nook and cranny around here. Anyway, that's the newest thing that I've done. They are made of wool, then silk fabric squares laid on top of the wool then a silk hankie overlay then felted as usual. Very nice effect and a nice small gift to give to my friends who are avid readers. Cool, huh?


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Black and White and Snow

Today, my corner of the world is in full, bold, stark and stunning black and white. It is snowing a very wet snow and though there is a bit of wind, it is not yet strong enough to disturb the snow. The Kalamazoo river runs through our small city. These photos were taken at a local park that I go to nearly everyday to watch the water and the wildlife that comes to it. I put these up on small pics this time, but if you click on the pictures, it will bring it up into full size for you. I love when the world turns into black and white all on it's own. It is peaceful to me and strikingly beautiful

Sunday, November 23, 2008

This sculptured hat was sent off before I could get good photos of it, but here it is anyway, only showing one side of it. The other side has a rosette on it sculpted from just the black wool. It has a very nice feel on the head the only color other than the black is on this side flap. I hope whoever buys it finds it as much fun to wear as I had making it. It is double hooded, so it should be very warm as well as elegant

I've had a energy surge today, so I'm tempted to think that I might be on the road to recovery from the dreaded "MISERY". Beloved husband is not faring as well. If I have enough energy, I may felt a hat today...or pay bills....I think the felting sounds like a better choice!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Trying to create through "THE MISERY"

The hat/scarf combo I crocheted while I've been sitting on the sofa sick with "The MISERY" (see previous post). The tiny wall piece is constructed from bits and pieces with some heat bondable angelina. The colors are white, gold, burgundy and a deep olive green. The angelina is in gold, pink, green, and a wonderful blue. The photo does not capture how lovely this little piece is. It makes me smile. The final photo is one of the married hats I've designed from scraps of wool felt that were made with no purpose in mind. The pieces were put onto one of my needle felt forms with pins, then hand sewed. I was not sure if I'd like the effect, but I do.

My beloved husabnd is also coming down with this horrid cold/flu. God bless him. I was so hoping it wouldn't happen!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Friends!

While I was in Rhinebeck, NY last year, I met Amy. She was interested in needle felting. This year she sought me out to show me what she had done. I love this little gal and the sparkle all over her is just amazing. She is a wonderful new friend and I am anxious to see what she will bring to show me next year. She is as sweet as a Georgia Peach!

I am wearing my favorite hat and a new wrap that I'd just purchased from Theresa May-O'Brien. Not a usual color for me, but I do dearly love it!
I have been busy, mostly with the flu/cold! Have managed to get a few hats done, several of which will be posted here as soon as I can get the photos taken and get then put up on the blog.
This hat is a combination of several of my favorite things: felt, crochet and needle felt. In the past, I've made felt for the sole purpose of making felt, with nothing in particular in mind. In my attempts to get organized ( a challenge thrown down by my dear friend Dawn) I am using up some of those felts to create hats that are a bit different from what I've done in the past. This one is an example of that marriage between felt making, crochet and needle felting. The band is handmade, merino wool felt with hand-dyed merino silk on the surface. I then crocheted the top of the hat with a soft grey colored wool yarn. To add more texture to the hat. I needle felted Teeswater locks into the crocheted top and allowed the locks to tendril down the side of the hat. I like the many textures playing together and am going through my box of felts to find what other little pieces will ask to to married into something. It is a much longer process, but I am enjoying it very much.

The weather has turned significantly cooler and it feels as though it is time to do the things that take a bit longer to do. Many evenings I am now crocheting or drawing out designs. After a long day of cleaning closets, trips to Goodwill, and filling orders, all through the fuzz of a bad cold, crochet is about all I can manage to do. I am totally convinced that the common cold is misnamed. It should be called '"MISERY"; cold sounds so benign, when in fact, one can be quite miseraly sick with a cold.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Zenni Optical--Great Find

This entry has absolutely nothing to do with the joy of feltmaking, but is is so worth sharing! While I was at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival, this young woman was in my booth trying on several of my hats. She was wearing the coolest glasses. I asked if I could try them on and told her how much I loved them. ( They really were wonderful in color and design!) She said, "15 bucks" to which I responded, "Oh, cheaters?" She said no and told me about www.
We all wear glasses in my family. From now on, this is where I'll be getting mine. If you have a moment, or a need to purchase glasses, check them out!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Basic Black, Whimsy and Enfold Me

All three of these hats were made on my new Needle To Wet Felt Hat Forms. I love these forms . It is great for making a consistently very nice basic hat shape. There is not the versatility that is accomplished with a flat resists, but still, a very nice cloche or bell shaped hat can be acheived rahter quickly.

The black hat has silk fabric felted into it, with random stitching around the silk fabric with copper metallic thread. The combination is quite nice together IMO.
The folded blue hat was made using one of my random acts of carded batts, where nearly anything goes! There is a great deal of tussah silk on the surface of this hat and it blended well with the felt.
The purple over-dyed hat has been great fun to work with. First I made the hat in an off white merino, then dyed and over-dyed and resist dyed it about 4 times, then added the hand-dyed Teeswater locks for further surface design and texture. While the black hat is most elegant and versatile to wear, this one with the locks captures my heart a good bit.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rhinebeck, NY , Ashville, NC ,Jan, The Village Weaver and The Color of Dreams

I left my beloved husband, daughter, and home on Tuesday morning to heads, first south to Sugar Creek Ohio, to link up with Jan, The Village Weaver and her husband Bob. At about 1:AM, we were up and on the road by 3AM to start our journey to Rhinebeck, NY. We arrived today, Wen. at 3 PM, weary, with numb bottoms from the drive, but we here, and happy to be so. It is 6:30 and Bob and Jan have already gone to bed. I am trying to get a post off before I too drift off into the land of sweet slumber.

I've made a couple of hats this week, did some dyeing of silk hankies, and put flower kits together. I had hoped to get a lot more done, but time and work and hopes did not work well together this week. One of the hats I did get done using the needle to wet technique turned out very well, simple, yet elegant. It was 50/50 merino/corriedale. The effect was both strong and soft with beautiful little ripples throughout the final fabric. It is a deep olive green with felt plumes in burgundy and burnt orange.

I have 1 HUGE angora batt that I am so looking forward to creating with when I get home. It was purchased about two years ago, and has been safely tucked away until inspiration motivated me. I've been dreaming in felts, so i think at breakthrough is just around the corner of my mind. Designs often come to me in my sleep. I am learning to get up and write them down while the idea is are fresh. I am planning on getting some colored pencils to keep with the idea journal so that I can have a cue of the color of dreams. I am fairly certain that I will make felt with the angora batt and the resist dye it afterward. With the delicateness of the fiber, I think it would be better than trying to dye the batt. The decision/choice will be, make a large piece of flt or tear it apart and make many things from it. Tough call.

I am aniticapating seeing both old and new friends this weekend at Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep & wool festival. On Monday next, Jan, Bob and I will head off to Ashville NC for SAFF. We'll be driving though some fab countryside. The visual stimulation...ah, if only the economy could take it's inspiration from such beauty!

If there are blogs that you think that I should add to the growing list I have on my blog, I'd love the heads up on them. It is the goal oft this blog to promote felt makers, of any sort; traditional feltmakes, needle to wet felters, dry felters, machine felters, it matters not. So please feel free to share your favorite blog spots or websites with me. I'll do my best to get them listed.

If you can, come see me in Rhinebeck or Ashville. I'd love to see you!

Friday, October 10, 2008

I've been Tagged by Ilana and Chris!

The Rules:

  • Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random and some weird.
  • Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1) I love my name--Suzanne-- and do not answer to anything but that. My mom ingrained that in me. Even when I try on the name Sue, it just will not work. Sue is also the name of my husbands first wife, so I don't try real hard...though she is a really nice person.

2) I am heavenly husband truly loves me and shows it everyday. It is good to be loved!

3) I love buying clothes from Israel...the best!

4) I am a political-news- junkie and love falling asleep to the weather channel or the news.

5) I can drink coffee just before going to bed and it doesn't bother me at all.

6) I love being in my 50's!

7) I love the sound of a shofar!

I'm tagging:
Barb Marr
Elizabeth Armstrong
Iona Loyola
Renee Nation
for now

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Goodwill Finds

On a day such as a time such as this...had a whim to go to the Goodwill store in town. I usually go in about once a week, especially in the fall/winter months. Often I'll find some lovely things, like great wool sweaters. Today I found some really lovely, brand new, tags still on, merino sweaters that had just come in the back door. While there, a woman walked in, dropped off this incredibly beautiful Tibetan Lamb Wool Coat. I feel like I stole it. Paid almost $15.00 for it. It appears as thought it has never been worn. I could re-sell it, but it is just too wonderful to even think about doing that. I think it might very well go to Iceland with me. It does have two small tears in the collar area, but those will be fixed in no time.

I know that this entry has nothing to do with felting, but had to share the lovely surprises that do come our way, every now and again.

Happy felting!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Iceland anyone?

Dear Felt-makers ,

I have an hankering for the out of the ordinary places to travel, often to places less traveled with wide open spaces. While at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival I spoke with a new friend and felt makers about wanting to go to Iceland, in the winter! She was curious about why I'd want to go in the winter. First off, I'm Sooooooooo menopausal...the cold could be welcomed with open arms! Second, more night sky and hopefully more opportunity to see auroras in that vast sky. Third, more felt makers might be able to go since our fiber art season in on the slow end of things. Fourth, something to look forward to between the holidays and spring. Fifth, if I take a felting class, tax write off!

Here are the far from the gal putting this together for me!

February 18, 2008 leave Boston on Iceland air flight.

February 19Th arrive Reykjavik early the next morning. private transfer to hotel after a two hour sightseeing trip around the city. among other things we will stop at the farmer's market store which offers only Icelandic wool products.

February 20Th Reykjavik and vowel Icelandic wool factory. we will visit the Alfi's factory outlet in Moselle's. there is a huge selection of woolen sweaters raning from traditional to high fashion. many other things including mittens, caps, scarves and blankets. we may also tour the factory if the group is interested. we will then proceed to istex, a company producing the famous alafoss-lopi yarns (great for embellishments). after a light lunch we will visit kraun, a design store in the city center. many Icelandic designers have there work there. afterward our guide will walk with us and show us some of the many stores that sell felted products.

February 21st felting workshop...either the Icelandic handwork association or a designer will teach a class in intermediate to advanced felting techniques. we will also have time to visit kirsuberjatero (a boutique that sells Icelandic design.

February 22ND Reykjavik and sheep farm. we will visit a 200 ewe farm (and 20 horses). the family will greet us and show us around the farm and their home. after this visit,we will move on the gullfoss )the golden waterfall), and then the great geysir which spouts up to 30 meters. we will see many of the Icelandic natural landmarks on this tour.

February 23rd approximately 5 hours prior to departure we will be picked up by our private coach and taken to the blue lagoon (a man made oasis in the lava). we will stop for a refreshing bath or swim in the pleasantly warm mineral rich water reputed for it's healing powers. they also have skin care products available here. we will continue on to the keflavik airport and out flight home.

the land cost per person is $1215.00 usd. it includes all of the above; plus a breakfast at the hotel every morning. the taxes are also included. the air from Boston to Iceland is $590.00/person and includes all of the taxes. we will have to add flights for anyone coming from any other part of the country.

the land deposit is $450.00 usd and the air from Boston (full payment) is due at the time of booking. i would also recommend travel insurance for everyone and i can be contacted for that individually.
If you are interested in going with us, please e-mail me as soon as possible. This should be great fun!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mt. Bruce Station and lovely women!

This gal(second photo) bought the brown hat. I think she looks fantastic! What a great gal! Click on her photo to see her stunning eyes. She sparkles! Wish I had taken pictures of all of the folks who purchased hats from me. ( I've got to get better at that!)

Mt. Bruce was a great show and the weather was just about perfect! Mostly finished goods sold, much teaching and so many really wonderful people. The place was decorated with gords, pumpkins, and hundreds of mums all over the farm. To see more, visit their website: Truly a wonderful show.

I taught two classes on felt flower making. Had fun and funny students who made some really wonderful felt flowers. I love teaching and watching the lights snap on when the novice felter "gets it". It's an amazing thing to behold each time it happens. It's just the best thing to be apart of.

Have lots to do before Rhinebeck, NY so I'd better go for now. Happy felting! Oh, forgot, go check out who is on:

How flattered am I to be in a such great company!

Have a great week!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Felting Books, finally!

I've been collecting felting books for about the last 3 years and have finally listed them on the sidebar of the blog! What ever takes me so long? I am always looking for more books, so if you have any that you'd like to recommend, please do share them with me.

I am absolutely in love with Chris Whites' book, Uniquely Felt. It is one of the most complete felting books out there, IMO. The photos, the details in instructions, the all of it is very good. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn even the smallest details of felting. Chris did an outstanding job on this book. The writing is superb, great read!

The month of September is nearly gone and looking back on it, I find sadness in falling short of the goals I've set for myself. Always time crunching, always falling short, always trying to find ways to get more time for felting! Had planned on making 5 hats a week and find that if I get one a week, it's a huge accomplishment. Need to get more done for some orders as well as upcoming shows. I've decided that I need to be cloned rather rapidly or sleep a lot less than I do. I'm leaning toward the cloning...

Did get this one hat done this week. I like the softness of it. The inside is black merino with 80/20 hand dyed merino silk in varied golden browns on the exterior. It has a demure quality about it. I am planning on making several more in this style over the next few weeks....right after the cloning gets done!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My Buddy Dawn, We make felt together and laugh!

She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.
Mark Twain

Nuff Said!


check out her website

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool and Beyond

Had a wonderful time in Wisc. I always do. Just super great people, wonderful talent all over the place,and let's not forget, CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just simply the best cheese! The hats below and the gauntlets did find their new homes in Wisc. I am so happy for them! I need to make more of the gauntlets, but they are time consuming. Many hats sold in Wisconsin, so I am making as many as I can during the next week. Will be heading out to the wonderful Finger Lakes region of New York in little over a week. It will be a first time experience for me and I think it might be wise to have a good supply of hats with me. I hear it gets a bit chilly there.

Oh, nearly forgot to mention that I will soon have the scarf pattern available soon. I cannot read a pattern, nor can I write a pattern very well. However, I am greatly blessed to have folks around me who can do it for me. I've several patterns that I've made up along the way that will written for crochet. The scarf on previous blog entries, will be called "Gitti Girl Curl Scarf'. In fact, all of the patterns that I put out will be under the name "Gitti Girl". I'll post it here first when the pattern is ready!

It's SWEATRER WEATHER! favorite weather!
Wear yours well!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

ADHD and Feltmaking!

One of the great things I love about ADHD is the fact that I do get bored rather easily. I know that it bothers most of the people around me on a daily basis,... but I love it! and count it as a gift and a blessing. Easily bored...such is the case of the dark berry colored hat. It's been to shows with me for well over a year now...and as I am preparing to leave for Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival...I just couldn't take what was a tan hat out of the house one more time. So I decided that that hat needed a visit to the dye pot; warm, colorful, changing color and hue into something far more stunning than an odd looking tan hat. I am pleased with the way the felt fabric took up the dyes. I used three different berry colored dyed, adding one on top of the other and allowing the slightly stirred waters to wash over the fabric, creating a great depth of color. I hope it finds a home in Wisc.

The blue hat was a playful adventure in hat making. While I've used all of the items in the felt previously, never had I used them in one hat. This hat has geometric design, Teeswater locks, both dyed and natural, and fabric. The fabric did not show up in the photo, and I am sorry for that not showing up.

Both hats were made on the Extra Large Needle Hat Form that are on my website. Both were needle felted first, then wet felted after the design work had been completed. Working with the Needle Felt Forms allows felting to be totally portable. These two hats were needle felted while I was at a fiber festival. While it might be for everyone, it is perfect for me. I use the forms and flat resists in felt-making and find that both have their place and space; just as felting needles are not for everyone, but do have their place in my work. Needle to wet felting just makes good sense to someone like me who loves to make felt, and is on the road as much as I am, or time doesn't let you finish a project in short time. I also like to show people the possibilities of what they can do with the forms. This form is also great for vessels, and handbags, and felted baskets.

I'm building a felt-making library. Anyone have books they'd like to recommend?


Post Script; Both of these hats did find their new homes in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

At the front door

These plantain lilies grow outside of my front porch. I often leave the windows open and the soft breeze coming in the window is simply intense lily scented. It is good to be alive!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Felt Gautlet Wrist Warmers

I've had an idea running around in my head for several days now and finally decided to put it to the test. It worked! Each of these wrist warmers, fingerless gloves, gautlets are one piece. I wish I had made the roses larger than I did, but over all, I'm happy with the first effort. I'll have to take what I've learned from this experiment and try again until I've "really got it". I find that I enjoy the trials and errors as much as finally mastering a technique. I am a slow learner, so it should be awhile before I post many others. I think that these will end up having more fun stuff done to them. I see beads in my near future. Hmmmmmmmmmm, which stack are they in?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

This weeks work

I had hoped to complete more hats before the Michigan Fiber Festival....but it didn't happen. These did and I hope that they are well received.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Felt Hat in Process, Michigan Fiber Festival

The Michigan Fiber Festival begins with classes on Wed. of this week. Should be great fun, and near perfect weather for those in attendance. Looks to be a great show this year. I'll be going over to the Allegan County Fairgrounds on Thursday to set up the booth. I am so looking forward to seeing the folks who we only see in Allegan. It is great fun!

I've not totally recovered from all of the events of the past 6 weeks, and am therefore, a bit behind on the goals I'd set for myself. Fatigue has taken its toll on any creativity that could be inside. For now, I am playing with the familiar and calling it good until I get the rest I desperately need.

If you are coming to the Michigan Fiber Festival, I hope that you'll make a point to stop by our booth. We'll be in the main building.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Wool Felt Hat

I made this hat then over dyed it after it was completed. Very much like the effect.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Needle Felt at Midwest Felting Symposium

Leslie Sampson needle felted "painting" is jaw-dropping. She brought two to the event, and this one was in the gallery. Just incredible attention to can almost smell the water and the autumn in the air. This is an uncommon beauty in needle felt works, in my opinion. It stands at perhaps 4 foot high by 3.5 foot wide. It is framed. It's all wool. Isn't it yummy? Click on the photo to enlarge. It's so worth it!

More Felts from Symposium

The cream colored shawl was done by one of the Scottish felters that contributed to our gallery at the Midwest Felting Symposium. It was so simply stunning, I had to share it with you. It was felted with antique cotton lace. It is elegance to me.

The scarf is again by Judy McDowell. I love her uses of silk fabric. They are simple in design, extremely feminine, beautifully executed. Judy has become one of my new favorites. She also did the purse in the blog entry from yesterday.

There was a jacket by Mary Wallace I wish I could share with you too. Sadly the battery in my camera was nearly dead, so the photo turned out "not so good". I love Mary's work both in design and quality. I'm feeling bad that I cannot share that photo with you. If anyone does have a photo of the jacket, could you share it with me?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Felts from the Midwest Felting Symposium Gallery

Beautiful bag by Judy McDowell and jazzed hatz by Ewa Kuniczak, of

Midwest Felting Symposium photos

Ewa and Deborah enjoying an after dinner giggle. Suzanne (Sue) Pufpaff relaxing with some after dinner knitting.

Midwest Felting Symposium 2008

Annemie and Carol Cypher together as new friends, Pat Spark and I hugging goodbye for another year. Have I mentioned that I love this woman? She has so much knowledge, so much skill, and a great heart full of good will. Pat is an amazing resource about feltmaking, fiber, what to do, what not to do. Her passion for this medium makes her sparkle. Personally, I think it is great that Pat's last name is Spark! She strikes a spark in me each time I see her, her work, her warmth.

Susan McFarland and staff did an outstanding job for the instructors, the students, and vendors. This was a wonderful, felt-filled event. The gallery was so well done, elegant contributions from so mamny and many far away. Great blessing and inspiration to see them all. Each year, the organization gets better and better. There are a lot of balls to juggle, not all of them felt! Susan manages to keep them all in rotation without missing a beat! How does she do that?????

I love going to the events that she plans, they are so much fun! MFS is no exception. It really is my favorite though. Being in the air conditioning helps so much. Working on felt making in sweltering heat is no fun. The venue was great!!!

If you've not made plans to be there for 2009, let me encourage you to start saving 10-15.00 a week toward the event. It is worth every single penny, and then some.

Oh, my photos of Ewa will be up soon.


Accommodations--OPEN ARMS

I have the great pleasure of staying at the home of Ruth Walkers' parents while I am attending the Midwest Felting Symposium. Each time I am there, I am welcomed with open arms, as though we are family. Their hospitality and great kindness toward me is much appreciated Each time I leave there is sadness. I always look forward to my time with them. Ruth. oh my, I always look forward to my time with her. She is amazing, beautiful, talented, kind, open woman who plays well with others. I am just happy to be among them!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Midwest Felting Symposium, YAHOO!

It is my favorite event all year long, the Midwest Felting Symposium in Madison Wisconsin. The Alliance Center is lovely, the classes are great, the air is passionately filled with the magic of making felt. While felt making is my passion, it's the people that I'll meet, or get to know better that make it so wonderful. They really are treasures. To see all of the talents, all of the designs, all of the colors, the laughter, the foods, the joy of being around other felters...I can hardly wait! I'll be leaving in about 3 hours for Madison. It's going to be great! I'll tell you about it when I get back.

Make great felt!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Lanadeflor, Again!!! Still!!! More!!!!

I love this gals work. Just had to show off more of her talents. Isn't she amazing!?!

I think she will be at the Midwest Felting Symposium. I hope you'll get to meet her there! Be sure to check out her etsy site:
Simply beautiful stuff, excellent colorways!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lanadeflor and Hookedonfelt

Lanadeflor is an etsy/business name of a fantastic felter in Ohio. I've not asked her if I could use her full name, so I will not as of this writing, so we'll just go by Debora. I first saw her work on Etsy several years ago and loved the delicate-ness of her work. The jewelry she makes is sooo very beautiful, very classy/artful stuff.

The scarf shown on the blog is made from wool and my hand-dyed merino silk. I love what she did with it and had to show it off for those of you who do not know of her work. Rare is it that one gets to see the final results of a hand dyed fiber. This one is just stunning, IMO. For more of Debora's works, please visit her etsy shop. Write in Lanadeflor in the search. You'll be so glad that you did!