Thursday, 11 August 2016

wine bottle carrier

Have had great fun making these totes for wine bottles.They are wet felted around a resist then the details on the first were needle felted, the other two had grapes made from felt balls and
felted and embroidered leaves.
My maths are terrible but I am getting better at working out shrinkage rates and for these resists I just took the measurements from a wine bottle added a bit for the handle area and enlarged it by 30% and it has worked well.To me they are the sort of present you would give to someone who has everything!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

new felted items

 Long time since I posted but here goes, having finished my City and guilds in felting I am now enjoying making felted objects mainly scarves. Above is a large wall hanging which I was asked to make which has gone to the States after felting I embroidered the details and on the whole it worked well apart from under charging for it as I had not realised how long it would take but it was a good learning curve,
 I am now very keen on these high ruffled neck wraps which frame the face and elongate the neck,I started making them as a customer  asked me to make a neck wrap to cover her flabby neck.A friend had made her a lace one but it did not come up high enough so was not suitable she really wanted it in lace or crochet and could not understand that i only did felt.It does amaze me  how many people have not got a clue about felting but still buy my scarves.After 23 emails I made her one in dark grey with black lace and she was satisfied. During the course of these emails I took photos of myself in various neck wraps and was horrified to see how droopy my jowls were.

 So mainly been felting neck scarves and some glasses cases ,poppies seem very popular.

 We had three days in Brighton on the hottest day of the year so far the beach was crowded.This is the pavilion which was crowed with students having just received their diplomas.

British Airways tower does not open until August but they were testing it up and down you will be able to go up 162 metres if yo want to.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Last of the darker side of felt

Well I think Maria Friese has to be my favourite her bowls were superb,very sculptural beautifully finished and a joy and to look at.She gets her inspiration from the cycles of nature as seen in seeds and flowers as in the books by Ernst Haeckel, well I have the books so I must get going

 This piece is huge

Work by members of the IFA

The darker side of felt

Marjolein Dallinga has long been an artist I admire and to see these pieces in the "flesh" was a treat.

These bowls are made by Gladys Paulus very delicate in fact they looked like porcelain it is felt hardened with rabbit glue.

 Needle felted pieces by Stephanie Metz had a beautiful finish to them.

The darker side of Felt

The darker side of felt is on at the Bilston craft gallery
 well worth a visit to see some great felting by international felt artists,the gallery is interesting too and staffed by some great people.The animal hats are made by Barbara Keal.

Thomas Horst is the maker of these theatrical gowns in vibrant colours.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Table runner and felted sculpture

I carried this heavy piece of driftwood  for ages back from the banks of the river Severn you can find some great pieces down thereI then felted 3 stones on the top and this ball and spikes below.

I made this table runner from a uTube video from Misourri quilts they are a great source of ideas for quilting,the object was too use up all your odd 2 1/2 inch strips great I thought I had plenty but when I got them out they were all different widths mostly too small.So I cut up  a piece of fabric I had dyed using the Kemshall method which gives you this fantastic colour range I am well pleased with it and even my husband approves

workshop with Jenny Pepper part one

A great workshop with Jenny Pepper making pods based on sea hares also called nudibanks I have seen these in Australia and they are beautiful colours and flowing lines.Below is some of Jenny,s work