Monday, December 22, 2008

I won a contest!

What fun! Sydnei Moore of Simply Sentimental hosted a contest. The prize was a felted necklace created by Shalana, The Funky Felter. I was the randomly chosen winner. What a nice unexpected surprise.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Just a Little Something

I felted a table runner a while back, using lots of different yarns drizzled all over and a little roving to hold it all together. I had note cards made of this close up picture. Below you can see the whole piece on my table. I'd like to do another one like this.

Company is coming in a few days, and I must get ready. This might be my last posting of the year, but I'll see you in January, and, meanwhile, I'll be reading all your blogs. May God bless all of you in 2009.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Felter's Goals

I've been in sort of a funk this week. I haven't done any felting at all. For show and tell, I have a vessel I finished a few weeks ago. I don't think I posted it before.

This week I've been thinking about:
  • 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

It's fun, instructive, enlightening, creative, and useful! Join us for a full three days of making three very different hand felted scarves. You will learn to hand dye merino fleece, layout and hand felt the famous Airy Fairy Scarf. Then experience using very fine Australian needle punch batts to make the ultra fabulous Bubble Boa Scarf, and last but not at all least - dye, stitch and overdye the incredibly artistic Bark Scarf using the Japanese Mokume resist process.

793 Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, March 13, 14, 15: 9:00am-4:00pm Level: MultiTuition: $345/$285 members Materials Fee: $35 Dye Lab Fee: $45

Another opportunity in 2009 is the Midwest Felting Symposium. I am eagerly waiting to see the class and instructor list. Also, Pat Spark will be teaching in Iowa in June at the Midwest Weavers Conference.

Another of my goals has to do with proficiency. I want to be able to make a wider variety of felted items very well, and to become familiar with using different types of wool and other fibers. I am still a "young" felt maker, and I know I can learn a lot from those with experience.

So here is a challenge for you. Name one goal you have and what action you will take to achieve that goal in 2009. Be brave. Send it to the comments section so we can all encourage you.

Now here is a picture of the cutest little Santa ever seen:

Monday, December 8, 2008

Show shots and Fabrications

Show shots from the RAC Artists' Morning.

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 lunch, it was off to Crossings for the Fabrications Artists' Reception. This is the 3rd year I've participated in the show. Several other felters also participated, doing all types of felt making including needle felted pins and brooches, needle felted hair barrettes, scarves with needle felted sheep as a design, needle felted animal sculptures. Wet felted items included hats made of Navajo-Churro wool, jewelry, and some crochet-and-fulled vessels. The show also included other fun fibery things: weaving, hand-spun yarn, knitted items, jewelry, and a dress that looked like it was made of paper money. I'm sure I'm forgetting something worth mentioning, so you'll just have to check it out yourself if you are in southeast Minnesota.

After that it was back to real life. The whole weekend seemed to be a crazy word problem series from some nightmare SAT test.

"If Renee has to be somewhere by 8am, and her husband must drive Child #2 to choir practice at 9am, how many of the other five children must he take with him while he does speed-Christmas shopping before picking up Child #2 one hour later and dropping Child #4 off at a friend's house?"

"And if DH must be at church by 4:30 pm, and neither Renee or Child #2 is due home until 5pm, can Child #3 babysit Children #5-6 until Renee completes her obligations and picks up Child #4 from her play date?"

"And, by the way, where is Child #1? He left Friday to go winter camping somewhere with his Boy Scout troop. If they drove north for 2 hours going 60 miles per hour, then we hope they had heated cabins wherever they were going, 'cause it's pretty doggoned cold outside."

Thought for the day: Step back from the busyness of life. Remember that the Creator of the Universe created you and loves you. He will give you all you need. Rely on Him, instead of your own strength.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Fabrications Exhibit

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.