Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Quiet Conversations

I am needing to do some writing for another project I've committed myself to do and am listening to "Quiet Conversations" Music of the Celtic Harp by Hallmark Music. It is just the kind of music to allow for the transition from hard manual labor of felting to creative thinking and writing. Now if I can find my stash of chocolate, even better!

The hat was needle felted, then wet felted. A combination of merino was used in the base of the hat, then colonial wool was used in the surface design.

Now off to get the writing done!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

I'm getting ready for a run-way show in a few weeks and am trying to pull together as many hats as I possibly can. Time is difficult to find these days...very difficult. However, I did make this hat out of several pieces of felt that I've made previously and have married them together in this hat. The feathers have not yet been sewn into place, but will be very soon. One side of the hat has yellow stars, the other side has black diamonds. Lucy hat...stars and diamonds.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Blue Hares

I spent so much of my childhood in church behind women who dyed their hair blue, I just couldn't resist the title for this entry and the play on words since this hat is made from angora. Maybe that's only funny to me, but I just had to do it!

But, nonetheless, this felt hat is double hooded sculpted hat that was over dyed once it was completed. The reason I chose to over dye it is because it is made of a great deal of angora fiber along with merino wool and silk and mohair accents on the surface. If I had dyed the fibers prior to the felting process I was concerned that it would felt the dye pot, so I waited.

Enjoy the joys in this day!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Note to Self and The Rest of The Bag

A bit ago I made a bag but only showed part of it. Now here it is in it's completed form. While I like it, I don't love it and I know why. Lessons learned, however slowly!
When I started out making this bag, I wanted the inside to be brighter in color and chose a golden yellow color. I thought it would be better to look into and actually find what one might be searching for. Might be nice in theory, however, when I applied the colors to the outside of the bag, the golden colors migrated through to the surface and rather "dirtied" the surface colors. The best example of the color differences is that the handle of the bag and the bag itself are made of the same color wool. The impact of the gold color is significant.
Note to self: Think it through better

Monday, July 6, 2009

Turning Points / Full Moon Rises

I started this hat yesterday, but finally finished it today. It was planned to be unplanned, with many twists and turns along the process. Usually I 'll start out with a weighed and measured goal in mind, but this one was deliberately "Let GO" in the design of the resist. The top of the hat has roses in it but are difficult to show. Perhaps when it is completely dry they will show up better. This hat is made of hand-dyed merino, black was the first layer with the multi-color atop the black. I think it made the colors richer.

As I am writing this, my family is asleep, it is 11:18 pm, there is a beautiful full moon playing peek-a-boo with huge puffy clouds. It is a time to enjoy the quiet of the day, thank God for blessings I cannot even describe and enjoy the nighttime beauty that is all around me. I love a full moon.
Shalom to all of you,


Saturday, July 4, 2009

At the Speed of Life

There are times in my life, and I think yours too, when things just come at you hard and fast, and then more things come harder and faster. It has been that way these past few weeks and "joy in the moment" has been hard to find or to be. I think that finally, things are beginning to settle, ....because I see dust all over the place!

Today, I will tie up loose ends, clean things, put things away, throw away non-needed items, pack up unwanted items and will spend time with my much loved, precious family.

I have a felt hat design going through my head, and I've cut the resist already. I am anxious to try it, but first things first. ADD makes that very hard for me, but I am going to put maximum effort into staying focused on the thing that need to be done. Sometimes, life gets too far out of control, and mine has been there. I've got to create my own calm then I can make felt.

The hat shown was needle felted onto the large needle to wet hat form, then removed from the form and wet felted. It is not as hard has I'd like it to be so I may work on it further in a few days. But now, I'm off to gather up the dust!