Saturday, April 7, 2012

Polka Dots and Silks

There is so much SPRING all over the place here in southwest Michigan. Our blooming tress are in full or past full bloom, tulips are up and flowering, bees and birds all over the place. It is delightful and disturbing...snow is in the forecast for next week. YIKES! Frost and freeze could be very damaging to our fruit trees statewide.

Dad is happy in his "Man Cave" and is in good humor and doing quite well. I cannot even begin to say how happy I am that he is living with us. Perhaps it is because I am from a large family, it just feels right, even the extra laundry, food, appointments, dishes, just all works for me. Thankfully, it works for him too.

On a daily basis, I am caring for a dear friend who has terminal cancer, and my beloved husband Jim is taking over the task of cooking for her and her husband. They have no children and we have, for the time being, become their children. I had thought about going back to nursing full time...I didn't know it would come to me. They asked me to be her nurse and I am honored and humbled...and very sad for my friend.

About the hat above:
I was rummaging through some of my stuffs when I came across some of the old yarn samples I'd had from when I had the shop....hmmmmmmm....could those yarn samples be polka dots? or rosettes? or some kind of interesting surface design? Well, the answer is always "YES" ( ...which loosely translates into "try it...yes it worked, or yes, you have to try another idea") So, with that I took the wee samples from several different companies and made up the little colorful polka dots and used them on the surface of the hat. I like the effect of additional texture and the colorful pops on the black hat. The pieces on the brim are also bits and pieces of left over silks, sari silks, and cheese cloth. My mind is gathering ideas for small snippets of yarn for further applications.

The other thing that I wanted to mention is THE MIDWEST FELTING SYMPOSIUM in Madison, Wisconsin . I will be teaching there for two days and am hoping to take some classes as well.

Some classes have already filled, but the talent that will be there is outstanding. I wish I had the time and $ to take each class. If you've not been to this event and wonder if it is worth it, I can tell you with great certainty, it is wonderful. It is filling fast so don't wait to register. I think there is a discount for registration prior to May 1st.

Blessed Easter and Happy Passover.

Shalom and Felt Happy!



Joyce across the Pond said...

I've just 'stumbled' upon your blog and I like what I see. I do like felt, I've never made it but love it's forgiving qualities...I love surface stitching but don't get time to do it now....first and foremost I am a calligrapher who happens to make luxurious cards with personalisation in calligraphy and the verses inside are hand written too - this takes up most of my time.
I'm so with you on the de-cluttering etc...I'm only moving a craft room but it's such a job and the house is a mess with all this and that sitting around waiting for a bedroom to be painted and sorted.
So glad Dad has settled in and yes, it is so much better to have him on hand even though it brings it's own complications...but in this day and age when some children do not want to do anything for their parents it is so refreshing to read your blog...oh, and did I say....I love your felt creations...bookmarking your blog now to come back and see more when time permits you to show us.
Easter Blessings from Northern Ireland where it is cool after a great week last week. Rain tomorrow so no egg hunt for the grandkids in the garden....have to be in the house!

Zdolność-tworzenia said...

Piękne prace. Dawno u Ciebie nie byłam.

Catherine said...

Hi - I was just browsing blogs and saw your wonderful banner. What is that beautiful puckery fabric and how can I get some? Did you make it?

My blog is
It is called "little eden". I would love to hear from you. My email is

I have wanted to try my hand at felting too. Space and a dozen other projects have kept me busy tho'.

Happy day,


Hooked On Felt said...

Thank you and thank you for your time on the blog. I hope it was helpful.

Hooked On Felt said...

Thank you and thank you for your time on the blog. I hope it was helpful.