Monday, March 30, 2009

Artists' ClearingHouse

This weekend was the Artists' Clearinghouse at Crossings. We had great weather; that is to say it was sunny and about 30+ degrees F. Though it started out slow on Saturday morning, we ended up having a lot of traffic come through during the weekend. I did fairly well, selling more scarves than vessels. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

The thing that surprised me is how many people knew what felting was. Last year it seemed I had to explain it to everyone, but this year, I could hear all the little conversations between people that indicated they had at least a general idea of what it was.

Two of the other artists were friends that had taken my felted vessel class in January: Amy Giannini makes beautiful jewelry, and Stacy Drenckhahn makes fine silver items, raku pottery, and other very creative things. Leisa Luis-Grill had several of her paintings and jewelry in the show. Loretta M. Verbout had photographs, matted and made up as cards. and Becky Jokela had her pastels there, with lots of local scenes. We had a fine time cutting up, laughing and eating when the traffic slowed.

I tried to get a sense of what people were actually buying. Some of the people bought my scarves to use on the wall or table, so I might try making some intended for that purpose. And I think I am ready to try using more prefelts (partial felts, needle felted batts).

No pictures this time as I forgot the camera again. I suppose I could have taken one using my phone, but it never occured to me, and I would have to figure out how to download the pictures onto the computer.
This week the kids are on spring break, so I'll either get a lot of felting done or none at all. We'll see how it goes.
Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March Felting Madness

Before I forget to post the pictures from the Scarf Bonanza Class, here they are.
From top to bottom:
The Boa Boa scarf,
my own leftover fiber scarf,
Airey Fairy scarf
and last, the Bark Scarf.
It was fun learning the dyeing techniques, although I doubt I will ever do much of that.
Chad Alice Hagen is a great teacher, and I am "the greatest felting student ever." If you want proof, I'll show you where Chad autographed my copy of Fabulous Felted Scarves. Haha. Chad is a very fun lady, and it is always fun to meet other felters. You have to watch out for those wild ladies from Iowa though (you know who you are!) Chad will be at the Midwest Felting Symposium in Madison Wisconsin this summer.

This weekend is the Artists' Clearinghouse at Crossings in Zumbrota, MN. I will be there with several other artists and there will be lots of good deals. Come and tell me you read my blog, and I'll give you a hug.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Three scarves, Three days

Yesterday was the first day of Chad Alice Hagen's Scarf Bonanza workshop. Sponsored by the Weaver's Guild of Minnesota, it is being held at the Textile Center in Minneapolis. Chad is a great teacher and will also be at the Midwest Felting Symposium this summer if you want to take a workshop from her.
The first scarf we made the Airy Fairy Scarf. I will take photos and post them soon (promises, promises!). She gave us some of her own hand dyed fiber to choose from, and everyone's scarf came out nicely. She gave us lots of ideas for variations on the scarf, too. Today we will be doing some dying. Come back soon, and check for pictures.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Class coming up

No, I did not really fall off the edge of the earth. I'm just having a hard time getting any felting done. But deadlines are a good thing. On Saturday I am teaching a needle felting class at Crossings. It's just a basic class, but I need to get supplies ready and an outline, and samples. Looking for samples and fiber got me digging through my stash, and everyone knows that when you do that you find things you forgot you had, and projects you didn't finish. Somewhere in all of that I found fresh motivation to get going again. Here is some of that motivation:

This is some colorful wool from The Fiber Studio. Looking into my crystal ball, I see some bright, colorful scarves in my future. What is in your felting future?

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Time to Felt

Is there ever time to felt? I seemed to have been consumed by non-felting projects lately, not to mention that life moves at the speed of light with all the children's activities. But, we did get our camera back, so here are pictures of the very few things I got done in January.

A felted merino scarf with a little bit of silk and some wool curls at the ends.

A felted hat that my friend helped me make using Navajo-Churro wool. My daughters are coveting this "cowgirl" hat.

A small felted vessel I made while teaching Basic 3-Dimensional Wet-felting.
I was happy that the class went well. Everyone seemed to have a good time and they were very patient with me. It was my first time teaching adults. There were 12 fun ladies in the class.

Next of the wool purchased from The Fiber Studio. I am ready to make some scarves.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Felting back in the groove

I finally made my first felt of the year. It felt good to get back to felting, and I even didn't have to buy anything new to get it done. I used some merino roving from The Fiber Studio that I've had for a while. The colors are all greens fading from a yellow green to a darker blue green. I am always pleased when I use wool that gradually changes from one color to another. I made a scarf with it, embellished by added swirls and circles, a little silk and some curls of wool. You'll just have to use your imagination because my camera has not returned from getting repaired yet. As soon as it comes back I will be snapping some pictures.

Other news:
The schedule for The Midwest Felting Symposium is supposed to be posted soon.
Shalana, The Funky Felter , sent me the felted necklace I won in a contest. It's very pretty, and casual, which works well for me.

That's all for today.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

January felting plans

Happy New Year. I am back from holiday travels, the kids start back to school Monday, and I am suffering from a serious lack of felting. I couldn't do any actual felting today, but I spent some time trying to plan out some goals for 2009, and I looked at the calendar to get a feel for what is coming up.
  • January 24th I am teaching Basic 3D wet felting at Crossings in Zumbrota.
  • January 22, I am getting together with another Minnesota feltmaker for a day of felting fun. Feltmaking for me is usually a solitary occupation, so I am looking foward to working with someone for a change. This young lady makes hats using Churro-Navaho wool.
  • February 7th I am taking a class by Jill Lynn at The Fiber Studio in Minneapolis called Fusion Collage Scarf.
  • March13-15 I am taking a scarf workshop by Chad Alice Hagen.

Speaking of Ms. Hagen, the grapevine has it that she will be teaching at the Midwest Felting Symposium in July. Jean Hicks is also said to be teaching there. I can't wait until the schedule is posted.

Our camera started giving us a memory card error of some sort, so it has been sent off for a repair. I hope it comes back soon. Blogging without pictures, even my poor ones, is not nearly as much fun for you readers. And my sitemeter tells me that people have been stopping by from all over the globe. Hello to all of you! I hope you enjoy yourself when you stop by here. Please feel free to comment. It is fun for me to hear from you.

My goals for the week are:

  • prepare for the class I'm teaching
  • finish needle felting a bowl I've started
  • make one scarf using the ultra fine merino I ordered before Christmas