Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- how to better market my work
- how to improve my work
- what do I want to accomplish in the long run
One of my long term goals is to study under as many good felt makers as possible. So toward that goal, I am taking a workshop in March done by Chad Alice Hagen. She will be teaching Handfelted Scarf Bonanza, a workshop sponsored by the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. Here is the description from their website.
Hand Felted Scarf Bonanza with Chad Alice Hagen
Monday, December 8, 2008
Well, here it is. Scarves were displayed on one table. Vessels and other things went on another table. I'm sure I have a lot to learn about display and merchandising, but it seemed to look nice. I sold only a few things, but it wasn't expensive to participate and fun to boot. I met a weaver named Connie Simonson. She creates beautiful handbags, table runners, and other items with great texture and color. Connie does custom work through her Etsy shop Illoominations.
After that it was back to real life. The whole weekend seemed to be a crazy word problem series from some nightmare SAT test.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I knew Crossings was going to use a picture of one of my scarves on the publicity post card for the Fabrications exhibit. But, wow! I wasn't expecting it to cover the whole postcard. Isn't it cool? The exhibit runs through December. Come and see!
This week is like finals week for me. Everything is due on Saturday. In the morning, I'll be at at a show sponsored by the Rochester Athletic Club. Saturday afternoon I'll be at Crossings for the Fabrications Artists' Reception. I'm praying I stay healthy and that the weather is clear.
A lot of little details need attending to before the morning show, such as attaching price tags, figuring out display details, packing things up to transport. I don't do shows regularly so I'll be making a list and checking it twice.
We traveled over Thanksgiving. I knitted a scarf on the 12 hour drive there. Then I made an "emergency" yarn run to the local Hobby Lobby, so I'd have something to knit on the way home. I bought some inexpensive bamboo yarn, just to see how it knitted up. The yarn was soft and nice to work with. Daughter #1 bought some blue tinsel-like yarn and knitted her own scarf on the drive home.
I've been experimenting during the last couple of weeks with "restyling" scarves. I purchased some plain scarves and embellished them using my Janome Xpression. Some people call this a needle felting machine. Others call it a machine embellisher. Here are the results.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I think the problem with the terminology is that the words don't sound nearly as beautiful as the real thing. Who wants to wear an "imbedded felt scarf" or a "hybrid felt scarf"? It just doesn't sound beautiful and elegant and soft and colorful. Of the four words, I like nuno the best, because I don't have another competing definition for it.
And finally, this is the first one I did at home after taking the class. I used a purple and orange scarf purchased from a second hand store. Not my favorite, but for someone who likes purple and orange together, it makes quite a statement.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Mocha scarf. So named because I've already spilled coffee on it. I'll probably keep this one. Machine needle felted.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Of course, I loaded up on supplies while I was there. I bought a few extra silk scarves so I can make a few more nuno style, some merino top, and some Harrisville fleece in several colors. And before I went to class, I stopped at Needlework Unlimited Outlet, conveniently located only a few miles from The Fiber Studio. All the yarn at this outlet is at least 50% off, so, of course, I had to load up. In my defense, I used one of the yarns in my nuno scarf class, and I used some more today as a needle felted embellishment to one of my large vessels.
I came back charged with energy, so Sunday, I felted three small vessels and some Christmas balls. In the evening, I helped Child #1 finish a machine needle felted scarf he'd started. He did a good job on it, and wants to sell it.
Today I made two scarves. One has lace and merino/silk, and for the other I used some of the superfine white Optim merino with some gold mesh fabric.
Pictures later. I seem to be having a hard time getting those photos taken. The best time is when Child #6 is napping, but that is the best time to do many other things, as well. Today Child #5 got sick at school, so I had to turn around and go back almost immediately after dropping her off. She'd been unusually whiny, so I should have known something was up. In addition, DH had to leave unexpectedly on a business trip, so I had some extra chauffeuring to do today that he usually takes care of. It was a busy day, and sometimes these unusual turn of events throw me for a loop. I must still be psyched up from the weekend, because today I just rode the wave and enjoyed the ride.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
This past week I did some finishing work (beading, needle felting) on some vessels, and started some scarves. As usual I am trying to be organized, plan out what needs to be done and finish things before I start new ones.
No pictures this time, but if my nuno scarf comes out well, I'll post it.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random and some weird.
Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Enjoy! You've been tagged!
It didn't take as long as I thought to think of 7 things I'm comfortable sharing about myself publicly.
I love living out in the country.
My favorite habitat is the prairie.
In my other life, I was a botanist, and occasionally, still am.
I'd love to go to Rome and see the Vatican and the Pope
When my last child graduates from high school, I'll be 60 years old.
My favorite song is "MomSense" by Anita Renfro, and I sing it in the car very loudly, even if the kids are with me. I have to watch my speed while doing this, as it is easy to get carried away...
I'd love to live in Virginia.
I don't know 7 bloggers well enough to send this to them, so I'll pass on that part.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I'll also have some felted vessels on display for the Holiday Open House at Crossings the weekend before Thanksgiving. I'll post the link when it is there.
This week I've been working on scarves. Michael's had a sale on Paton's Pooch yarn for $1.99 per skein so I loaded up. Pooch is one of those yarns that lends itself to felting projects. It has texture like popcorn. Anyway, I had to justify spending $xx on yarn, so I incorporated it into a few scarves. My daughter named one of them the Seaweed Scarf, and another the Puppydog Scarf.
Meanwhile, Child #6 turned 2 years old yesterday. We had a Coldstone ice cream cake. That is the third birthday in our house in the last 10 days. That's a lot of Coldstone ice cream cake, so I will have to work out today. Not something I really enjoy, so I'll really have to exercise my self-discipline as well.
Have a great day!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I've been asked to teach again. (Yay!) This time it will be wet felted vessels for adults. Here are a few samples. These were made on 5-7" inflatable balls. I've started experimenting with shaping these small vessels instead of leaving them round.
The proprietor asked if I could come up with a more catchy name for the class, and I agree"wet felted vessels" doesn't sound all that glamorous. Ideas anyone? I googled, and almost everyone lists similar classes as "wet felted vessels" or something very close.
I am trying to stay productive. Two more vessels are laid out ready for felting, and I'll also try out some scarf ideas that have been simmering in my head for some time. If I accomplish that this week, I'll be pleased.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I am really pleased with this vessel. The outside is a multicolored silk cap. Just underneath is a sparkling layer of Angelina. Blue and purple layers of wool make up the body.