Friday, December 31, 2010

Last of 2010

These are a few of my December pieces. I had a small silk scarf that I want to use in something, but I could never figure out what. Finally, I incorporated it into the vessel above.

This vessel was my first commissioned piece, completed in time for Christmas.
The base for this nuno piece was a very sheer silk scarf. I am looking forward to a creative 2011. May you have a blessed and prosperous new year.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fringe is In

I had to try some Animal Prints. The first is a nuno handbag. It is on display at Crossings for the Fabrications exhibit.

I tried some new items-handbags and a pillow. I've also made several scarves. Fringe is selling this season. All the scarves below have sold.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

I am pleased to announce that I am in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of Rochester Women magazine. I am featured on page 20 in a one page article by Katherine Shine. The article tells a bit about me, how I started felting and where I am now. There is even a picture of me with some of my pieces. It is pretty exciting to see it in print.

I have made quite a few pieces in the past months, including a couple of handbags. I'll try to get pictures up this week.

In December:
Come see the Fabrications 7 exhibit at Crossings. I will have several things included.
Come to the RAC Artists Day the morning of December 4th, 9:30-12:30. I will have a table there.

I'm also doing some felted soaps, and liquid soap dispensers for our church holiday bazaar, and I promised to help with costumes for the school Christmas concert. It will be a busy time for awhile. But what would Martha say? "That's a good thing."

Friday, July 23, 2010

Worth the Effort

I just got back from Midwest Felting Symposium in Madison, WI (which is still going on, but I could only stay until today). I met some great people, bought some new goodies, and took a wonderful class taught by Pam MacGregor called Vessels with Attitude. This is what I came home with. I'm already looking forward to the next MFS in 2012.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Here a Scarf, There a Scarf

OK, I've been on a bit of a scarf kick. My favorite is the one in the first image. It has some silk hankies embellishing it, and some decorative holes at the ends (I felt so daring making holes on purpose-haha).
Last week I visited Ginny's Fine Fabrics. She has the most amazing assortment of silks and other really cool fabrics. This is not your average fabric store. I managed to behave with admirable restraint. My credit card did not burst into flames.
Besides some blue silk (chiffon?), I couldn't resist getting a small piece of a beautiful handpainted mesh fabric from Italy. I felted it onto a black background. I'll put a picture of it in my next post. I might have to go back and get some more of it. I haven't decided.
Until next time....

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Shepherds Harvest 2010

I am totally wiped out. I got up at 5:30 this morning to meet a bus and go with members of the Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild up to Lake Elmo, Minnesota to the Shepherds Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival . Imagine a County Fairground full of fiber vendors, classes, demonstrations, fiber animal barns and a few thousand (?) happy fiber fanatics. Sound like fun? I spent the morning happily shopping for roving, silk, books and other things absolutely necessary for my survival

Lunch was deep fried walleye chunks. Yes, it was good. I wanted to get the fried pickles, too, but decided to save my money for the important stuff.

After lunch, two of my fiber friends were scheduled to take a nuno felted bracelet class taught by Leslie Granbeck. I wandered over to class with them, and lo-and-behold, there was still a spot open in the class. So I took the class, too. We used beautifully dyed cotton scrim and prefelts for one of the bracelets, and the other bracelt was a collage (mosaic?) design using various fabrics on a prefelt base. A good time was had by all despite it being quite chilly.

We got back to the bus where there was a general show and tell and lots of happy comparing of notes about what we saw and purchased. We all agreed that the bus was an excellent way to go to the festival.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Felted vessels

These are just a few things I've done in the last couple of months. Most of them are small vessels, done on the kids' inflatable balls. The top photograph is of a vessel I made using a football. I wasn't sure how that would influence the final shape, but after a little manipulation this one decided to become a flower pot.
In July I will be taking Felt Vessels With Attitude from Pamela MacGregor at Midwest Felting Symposium.
Next post...

May Day

I had notecards printed from photographs of my fiber art. These are the five images I settled on. I like them because they are abstract and bright.
Other news...
I was invited to display my work in the retail shop of the Northfield Arts Guild. The grand opening of their newly remodeled shop was today.
I brought some new things over to the Bluff Country Artists Gallery in Spring Grove, MN. Several of my large vessels are there, as well as some scarves. I've been doing a lot of scarves lately.
There is always something going on at Crossings in Zumbrota, MN where I also have some things. There are concerts and classes every weekend. Check it out. Jill Lynn will be teaching a nuno scarf class there in June.

Next weekend is the Shepherds Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo, MN. The Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild is taking a bus up on Saturday so I will get a chance to visit with some friends.

Next post...
pictures of some things I've felted lately.

Happy May Day!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Good Show

One of my older scarves, but this one is so bright, it was chosen for some advertisements of the 2010 Artists Clearing House at Crossings in Zumbrota. Happily, it sold.

I bought some pink gauzy cotton fabric and have been using it as a base for several pieces. Here, the color doesn't show, but the cotton is what gives this piece texture.

Here I used some metallic mesh fabric as a base for felting.

For this scarf, I strung some beads onto thin yarn and felted the yarn into the scarf. I was very happy with the results.

For this table scarf I used that pink gauze as a base. The wool is layed on very thinly, though I hesitate to use the term cobweb. It also has some fuzzy and sparkly yarns drizzled across it.

I took these and other pieces to The Artists Clearing House. It has been a good show for me. The the other artists are so much fun to hang around with, and Marie Marvin, the gallery owner, works hard to make it successful for us.