Saturday, September 26, 2009

Creating order today, not felt

This is just an experimental piece and I am not entirely sure it's "finished' in my minds eye. It was made in white, then dyed and over-dyed and then the cuts were made afterward. I like the color-play and the cuts.... Just wish my mannequin was wearing underwear...or something!

Friday, September 25, 2009

"Sheesh -- am feeling underwhelmed by myself. ' is about to become my mantra!

Moving kind of slow today, but did get this one done. At 5.00 pm today I am pouring a glass of wine and relaxing! 200 hats! How am I going to get this done!

This hat is merino wool with hand dyed silk gauze over lay. The camera never seems to capture this color nor the purples.

Anyway, Good Sabbath and Shalom,

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I'm posting this one now, but hope to have more to follow yet today. Thanks for checking on my progress.
the purple hat is merino silk 50/50 with metallic fabric, mohair locks and silk on the surface. The burnt rust colored hat is merino with silk fiber and a metallic mohair yarn on the surface.
I think not bad for having spent half of the day on the road, taking family to airport, visiting the one in the hospital, and trying to fill several orders. I didn't get as much accomplished as I'd hoped, but I am satisfied with the results of the day.

"Yes Scarlett, tomorrow is another day"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Felt Scarf to go with that Felt Hat?

Actually I made this scarf some time ago, was unhappy with it, then pulled it out today to give it some play time. The fringe-y stuff looks much better "in real" than in photo. Photo does not allow for the fun of the movement the fringe allows. The scarf was rather scarf like, straight, simple, with lots of color play. I decided to place the cuts in it and see what would happen. Again, a happy experiment. I have several others that I am thinking I might do the same thing to, only in different patters.

This is an ultra fine felt with tussah silk on the surface. I had hand painted it prior to application. I'm enjoying the color and texture play on this piece.

Are you making felt today?


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How am I doing?

These are the hats so far.

Each of these are made on my quest for 200 hats by December 3rd. I am working as hard as I can and allowing my mind and hands to play as much as possible. The red/pink hat is all merino with some metallic inlay, the turquoise is merino tencel, the two beige are made of blue faced and silk while the last is full merino wool. I am working hard. Can you tell?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

#4 and the counting continues

Merino wool, black velvet, white silk, gold metallic fabric were used to make this hat. Just showing the hat, not time to write.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Violet Frost

I've had this fiber around for some time and finally made a hat with it. It turned out great. The dark color is merino in a very dark violet, while the surface of the hat is merino tencel. The combination is yummy, IMO.

This is #3 in my quest to get 200 hats done by the first of December. I know I'll not make it, but I am giving it my all. I think I have about 30 hats done as of right now, but do have several shows ahead of me. I wonder if at the end of all of this I'll be sick of hats? I cannot imagine it though. I also wonder if anyone expects me to clean the house while I am on the quest of 200 hats? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

#2 of today...and counting

This is the second hat I've made today. Was going for three, but doubt if I'll make it. Might get a third layout completed, but will felt it in the morning.
This was an experimental hat, and for the most part, it works for me. Now, I'll think about the other colors I'll do this in.
Hmmmmm, something wonderful to dream about!

Hat as a Madder

Ok, now, I'm not really sure how bright this decision was, but I've signed up for a 10 day show in December. That means 10 whole days and enough product to keep the booth filled during the entire time. Don' t expect much blogging, I'll be "Hat a Madder" and I mean it just the way it is spelled out. Was this a crazy move or what?
I'll try to post them as I get them made.
Blessings to all,

Monday, September 7, 2009

Learning, Learning, Always Learning

I made this hat with high hopes in mind. The first layer is angora, second layer is merino, third layer angora. The results were less than stellar. The shirking went fine until it reach a certain point when it would simply shrink no further...even after 20 minutes in a hot dryer! YIKES! That's something I never do! (ok, never say never!) It will soon be gifted to a dear friend who has a large head. While the colors are not 'her colors" I am sure that a tour in the dye pot will make it hers alone.
I enjoy felting with angora, but this trip around the felting table was a "bumpy bunny" ride.
Lessons learned