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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pamela McGregor's Vessel Class

Last week I was fortunate enough to take a three-day workshop with Pamela McGregor.  And it took every bit of the three days get our vessels into shape.  Before class I had struggled with what shape to make but in the end I decided that I would make a vase because 1) I had some sequins bits (the sequins look so interesting when felted) cut off of an upcycled dress that reminded me of flowers (you know how I love them) and 2) I wanted to learn how to make a stopper that fit.  Now how many vases with stoppers have you seen? - not many, I didn't have the color of wool that I wanted to work with (aqua) so I used the green that I usually love but am a little tired of at the moment and I knew it would be a little weird (vase with a stopper?) - well, by the end of the second day when I looked around the room at all the very gorgeous and artistic shapes and then at my piece, I had to burst out laughing and I wasn't the only one - it was resembling something that I hadn't planned and didn't really want.  Of course all the clever felters in my class did wonderful sculptural pieces that were just amazing under Pam's watchful eye and careful instruction.  That night was a restless one - could I save it?  Every time I thought of it, I got a chuckle so I decided I needed to take drastic steps and out came my trusty Embellisher (and the scissors) the next morning to the rescue. At the last day, and after some work, the top of the vase began to look like a strawberry jar and I did learn how to make a fancy stopper that fit.   I began to really like it and what great memories are incorporated into every rub (thousands, believe me!)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Flutterby (Butterfly) Coat that Won Best in Show!

I finally got a few pictures of my nuno felted coat that won the Best in Show at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  When the weather was gorgeous this past week/weekend, I was very busy and didn't have a spare minute so this morning I took some but it was rainy, rainy and deary outside so they are not the best.   

I don't admit it to many (in fear I'll be stoned) but I do love the rain, dreariness and all - I guess growing up in Scotland, it feels cozy and comforting to me somehow; besides living in the woods where the tall oaks soak up all the moisture, this beneficial rain makes everything so green and luscious.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Felt Alpaca Fascinator

I've been busy creating large pieces of fabric for a "Flutterby" coat!  Promise to post pictures soon. It took a lot of work prefelting two very large pieces of butterfly nuno felt before cutting them up (yikes!), designing the coat around the fabric, stitching it all together and then felting really well -- a lot of work, but I'm so pleased!  Pink silk inside/pink, black white on the outside.

Here is the latest Fascinator just to tweak the interest of those who have signed up or are considering signing up for my two-day workshop at the MFS - easy peasy, fast and fabulously FUN to decorate!!!  You can see this at the Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend - never entered in the hat category before, but I will this time.  It is felted from the softest Alpaca and incorporates some silk organza, silk waste, silk rods . . . and cruelty-free feathers -- I'm in love with feathers!!!  This is special enough to wear to a wedding.