Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The green hat needed something special done with it. I also over dyed this one. It was an almost olive green, but more green than olive. I decided to over dye it with blue-green and black. It turned out much better than I had hoped for, actually. Thank you Chris White, who gave me some wonderful tips on color play.
The other hat is being sent off and I'd not taken a photo of it so I thought I'd better get that done before it went to it's new home.
All in all, a very good day and now it is raining. There is nothing like an evening rain to help me relax and rejoice!
Monday, March 30, 2009
I did use cold water to start the process, as I was confident that hot water would make it felt too fast and not work through the fabric. My whole family loved this piece. I too am rather fond of it. This might not go on the road with me, but stay in my closet. That doesn't happen often, but it could with this.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I've loved working with merino silk and thought I'd make a scarf to go with the merino silk hat I'd made earlier. I may yet create a button closure, but that will be for another day.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I took the hat and pulled it as long as I could, then twisted it like I was intending to twist out a washcloth, then tied it up on itself, and threw it into the dye pot, rich in two lovely colors of violet and black. The dark water color effect works for me far better than the original colorway. I think it is a bit more dramatic and interesting, but what do you think?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I think I am finally getting into the hat mode. This is my first hat of the day and I am beginning the second one right after this entry. I am having a great deal of fun using the hand dyed fibers I made up several weeks ago. I am blending them with some of the commercial fibers I have around here and am very much enjoying the final results. This hat is still in the drying stage. The fibers used were merino, merino silk, merino tencel.
I do want to mention that in framing this felt, we used two mats and then spacers to keep the glass off of the felt and allow breathing room for the felt. I've framed several pieces and had one piece that ended up "sweating" on the single mat. It had to be complete re-matted and the cost is a good bit. It was a costly lesson, but perhaps it will prevent others from going through the experience. Wool needs to breathe.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
There are many designs going through my head, but the challenge is to find the time to get them on the table, laid out, rolled, shaped, pressed, dried and sitting on someones head!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This hat is 100% merino in black and brown combination with metallic fabric inlay. There is no wrong or right way to wear this hat. Just give it a quarter turn and the look changes entirely. Very cool, very versatile.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Thursday I left for Columbus Wisconsin to help Susan McFarland with the Spinning Retreat with Judith Mackenzie. Oh, what a grand time we had. There were approximately 40 spinners who showed up for this event and I believe that none were less than pleased with the entire event. Judith is a incredible teacher with wonderful stories, techniques and the proverbial patience of Job with her students. Wonderful teacher, wonderful woman. I am so glad that I got to meet her. I did not take the spinning classes as one of my goals is to maintain my status as a mediocre spinner. (wink) I helped Susan with the shopping stuff, and presented my merino batts and flower kits. I was a wonderful weekend, but in the midst of the retreat, Susan had lambs being born, inthe rain, flooding, fog, and snow. Well, not that the lambs were born there, they were safe in the warmth of the barn but Susan was out in it. Sunday was simply awful weather and the retreat ended with trying to get everyone home during a rain-sleet-ice-snow storm with veracious winds. What an exceiting weekend! BTW, these Teeswater lambs are beyond stunning . I'll try to post some photos later this week. What beautiful animals they are!
While there, I made a very large tote with a very nice pocket in it. It turned out very nice, but a bit too long for my taste. I ended up cutting it in half and the top part sold by the next morning, much to my surprise. The colors were great together, merino in gold, turquoise and blue, olive green, hot pink, and lime. Really very lovely and I hope to save the bottom. It is not what I'd call a failure, just not what I had inteded. It did not skrink as much as I wanted inteh direction that I wanted. Got to work on that a bit more I think.
Anyway, Iam home finally after a very extrended weekend and happy to be in my husbands arms once again. I did have a wonderful time. I love Wisconsin, though the weather this time,left a good bit to be desired!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The Midwest Felting Symposium site is up and running! The choices this year are wonderful and I can hardly wait to be there. It is the best 5 days of my felting year, without question. If you have any question about attending, the answer is a strong, happy "YES!". The people, the classes, the setting, the fibers, the laughter, the gallery, the talent and knowledge all make it well worth ones time, effort and money to be there. If in doubt, check out the site: www.midwestfeltingsymposium.com
I might also mention that this hat was made using the technique I learned from Bonnie Ahrens at Symposium 2 years ago. LOVE IT! She is a delight!
I've been dreaming in felt a lot lately and rather enjoy it in the design aspect of it, but I also find myself rolling in my sleep as well and I am awaking with arms that are already tired! Not so good, in my opinion. However, I am keep a small notebook bedside so that I can write the ideas in the book for reminders when I really wake for the day. I'm finding it helpful.
I'll be teaching for the next few weekends and am trying to get stuff done, as well as get a bit rested for these events. I am looking forward to both.
I hope your day ROCKS!...and that you have the chance to make good felt!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Since I know that I am going back to nursing full time, I am trying to deplete some of my stash and put some special blends together to see how they will felt. This hat is merino, silk and angora blended together. It is wonderfully soft and took the dye nicely. I did dye it after I made it. Didn't think it would be good to try to dye the angora before it was felted. It might have felted in the dye bath.
Terribly cold here tonight. The temps are going to 5 above zero, but there is also a strong breeze that is making the whole of the house feel much colder than usual...and me too