Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Felting Technique and Featured Artist


Zed from the Felting Forum showed us a site that had instructions for an easy to do felting technique. You lay out layers of fibers choosing ones with lots of texture. You should lay them out on something that won't stick to your fibers. I used a nylon netting. This was OK on this green piece but did not work on the grey/black piece. I will use sheeting next time. You then stitch it all together. I just basted with a heavy thread.


Here's the photo of the other one. I used heavy thread and then pulled tightly to get more texture.



Here's the green one after coming out of the washing machine. The netting came off easily. I just threw both of these in the wash with some other things I was washing. It is very textured and was super easy to do.




Here's the black/grey one. This is a bad photo but you can see that lots of the netting felted to this. I just ripped it off in shreds.





Here's how I used the green one.






And here's the black/grey one. The netting still stuck on just gives it more texture ;0)







Due to a late cancellation from another artist, I am the featured artist for Gallery Nights in October at my gallery, The Purple Pomegranate. I set up all my work today. Had a bit of a problem with the jelly fish light. It has an acrylic lamp shade under the wool and the acrylic was melting - aaaaaahhhhh...... So I had to re-do it a bit. The wool part was fine so I got new washers to go over the hole (now enlarged) in the acrylic part and got a 7 watt light bulb which changes colors. In the dark, it looks really cool but now it's really just a night light.








Here's another view.









The back wall.










And my thread sketched pieces. So opening night is tomorrow night - wish me luck!

Friday, September 25, 2009

More Shibori Scarves


Here are the shibori scarves that I finished today.


Lots of colors and I'm really tired.



Plus my hands are a weird color.




Here are a few closeups.





I'm glad these are finished!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Shibori!

I have wanted to do some shibori pole wrap dyeing for a while now but I just hadn't gotten it done. I did two scarves today. I also did the base dying for 9 more scarves and 1 wrap. So I've got a bunch more wrapping to do. Here is one of the scarves wrapped on the pole.
Here is one of the completed scarves hanging on the front porch.
Here's a closeup of the scarf above. It looks like flames.


Here are the rest of the scarves, waiting to be wrapped.



And these are some pages I painted with leftover dye. Not sure what I'll do with them but perhaps I'll use them in making some greeting cards.




Friday, September 11, 2009

Nuno Felted Scarves

Here's my first try at a nuno felted scarf. This scarf was already dyed but had some spots that didn't look too good. So I added some merino wool that I dyed with spruce. And it worked great. I love it's crinkly look. It's quite short but would look great with a pin to hold it together.

Here's a close up.


This is the second one. It is done on a white silk scarf and white merino. I'm going to dye it when I dye a bunch more scarves. This one is done with a lattice pattern instead of wool length wise down the middle like the first one was done. Sorry this is such a bad photo. I am also going to start working on some home accessories that I'm not going to show you as I'm going to submit the idea as an article to a magazine. We'll see how that goes. And the challenge for this month from Tricia's Textile challenge is "cubism". Not sure what I'll do with that though. (Edited to show back side of scarves.)



Friday, September 4, 2009

Perpetual Poppies

I haven't blogged for two weeks because I was working away on this piece. It took forever! I covered all of the applique with thread painting and I sewed and sewed and sewed. It turned out OK but I'm not thrilled with the perspective. It doesn't have a name yet. I was considering calling it "California Tourists" but didn't want anyone to take offense.
Here's a closeup.

And another.


I also made some rusted fabric out of muslin and scrim that I had already dyed with leftover black dye.



I think I'll layer the two together but not sure what I'll do with them as of yet. My next project is going to be collaged, felted home accessories. More on that later.