Thursday, October 23, 2008

Scarves and vessels

Just some things I've felted lately.

Mocha scarf. So named because I've already spilled coffee on it. I'll probably keep this one. Machine needle felted.
Nuno scarf on silk, made in class last weekend.
Nuno scarf made with Optim and mesh.
Nuno scarf made with lace.
Seaweed scarf

And some vessels.

This picture was taken on a cloudy day with no flash. The color is really washed out.

Large vessel with silk cap cut into pieces.

Ode to the Red Hat Society.

An example of why you should never give up on a piece. This thing sat on my shelf for months. I was never happy with it and couldn't figure out what to do with it. Finally I needle felted the surface with swirls and reshaped it into a square vessel. I like it much much more.

Something sort of Christmas-y.
That's all. I don't have much to say right now. Just wanted to catch up on pictures.
Have a great weekend.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Great Felting Escape

Saturday was a great day. I escaped to Minneapolis by myself for a nuno scarf class at The Fiber Studio. I'll post a picture of my scarf as soon as I can. Kris Post gave a wonderful class, all very comfortable and relaxed. It was very much like hanging out with old friends for the afternoon.
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

Nuno Scarf class

Today's the day! I'm going up to Minneapolis for a nuno (laminated) scarf class at The Fiber Studio. Kris Post is the instructor. I believe I met her at the Midwest Felting Symposium. I am looking forward to it. Though I've tried nuno on my own once or twice, I have felt unsure about it. I will be happy to have some instruction.

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.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tag, I'm it

Suzanne Higgs tagged me so I'm it.

The Rules:
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

Basic Three Dimensional Wet-Felting

I'm teaching in January at Crossings in Zumbrota, Minnesota. The title is Basic Three Dimensional Wet-Felting. I'm excited, but suddenly nervous, after seeing my name right there on the Internet. Yikes! Anyone out there in southeast Minnesota, come check it out. We'll have a lot of fun, I promise.
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


I said I'd be satisfied if I tried out some scarf ideas and felted two vessels that I'd started. I actually got it done. I love love love Frabjous Fibers Multicolored Merino Top, seen in colorway Moulin Rouge on the scarf with the ribbons. I found Frabjous when I got the chance to go to Susan's Fiber Shop in Wisconsin last August (Hi Susan!). The rainbow colored merino on the first scarf pictured, is some I got quite a while ago from The Fiber Studio in Minneapolis (Hi Pam!) I am a sucker for those multicolored fibers.
Below are the two bowls I wet felted yesterday. I am undecided about them. They are telling me they are not finished. Since I plan to donate them to Channel One's Empty Bowls Fundraiser, I'd like them to stay more or less bowl shaped. So I will keep working on them.
Today I made some updates on the blog settings, and thought about possibilities for needle felting classes I could teach. I also came across an awesome Etsy shop by an artist who calls herself Deebs. She does some incredible needle felted art. I wish she'd come and teach.
I didn't get any actual felting done today. Too much going on here with kids and their friends. We are totally enjoying these autumn days. We've had sunny skies and cool temperatures. The trees are usually in peak color around this time, but this year I think it will peak a bit later. Any of you keeping track of that sort of thing? This is the part of fall I love, but I always feel a bit sad (or SAD) knowing that before too long, the weather will turn rainy and colder. When that happens, I'll just have to cheer myself up by making felt.