Friday, October 30, 2009


I made two hats today. We've got another football game to go to tomorrow and it's going to be cold again. So even though these look like Christmas hats in red and white, they are really maroon and grey. The light today is very poor as it is cloudy and rainy. There was snow on the ground again this morning.

Here's a close up of the griz paw. There is one stitched on all four panels of the hat.

Here's the other hat in the opposite color scheme with the hat grey and the brim maroon.

Here's the griz paw detail. What do you think of the head? It was an old, crummy looking wig stand of Styrofoam. I spray painted it with the spray paint that is supposed to look like rocks. It's quite textured and came out fairly well. I made two of them for the store for hat displays but they are still at home so I used it for these photos.

If you haven't signed up for my 200th post give away, you need to sign up now. Tomorrow is the last day. Just go to the previous post and leave me a comment. It's great hearing from all of you and thanks, as ever, for leaving such lovely comments.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Surf's Up for my 200th Post

This piece was done for the October challenge on the Felting Forum, "Sea and Sky".

I used a combination of wools, scrim, silk and a recycled fulled sweater for the backing.

It's called "Surf's Up". It's all done on my Janome needle felting machine.

Have you heard about the TV program "Talking Threads" in the UK? You can watch it online on Country Channel TV. There will be 10 episodes. The first two are already available. It has some great instructions on various fiber arts. There is also a great series called Inspirations about 5 textile artists in the UK. Just put "textiles" in the search engine at Country Channel TV and it will come up.

This is my 200th post today. In celebration, I am having a give away prize of woolly goodies (merino, mixed breed wool, Wensleydale locks, silk etc.) to a randomly picked commenter. All you need to do is comment on this post and let me know the colors you prefer and I'll dye them to your choice. If you don't like to use wool (or are allergic to wool) please let me know and I'll come up with another prize for you if you win. I'll do the drawing on Halloween (Oct. 31) and announce the winner on November 1st. Make sure that I have a way to contact you (I get a lot of comments that are no reply blogger comments and sometimes it is difficult to contact people). Thanks to everyone who reads my blog, I always appreciate your comments and suggestions. Hope you have a great weekend.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sneak Peak

Here's a peak at what I've been working on. It's a very large piece currently and I'm considering writing an article on the whole process and submitting it to some magazines. We'll see how that goes. It was a bit frustrating today as my sewing machine was giving me fits. Not really the sewing machine's fault as the piece was too thick for sewing really. But I kept going and finally managed to get this step complete. It's drying now and then on to the next step.

This is my 199th post so keep your eyes peeled. I will be doing a give away with my 200th post. I am going to give away some wooly supplies or if you don't like wooliness, I'll get some other supplies together. Thanks to everyone who follows my blog and for everyone who leaves comments. I really appreciate all you cyber friends!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Grizzly Flower Pins and Greeting Cards

Here are the pins that I made for Homecoming yesterday. They were made from the scraps leftover from the scarves and some cute buttons I found. We won the game (even though we nearly froze to death) so the pins must have brought good luck!

Here are some cards that I made. I had made the paper quite some time ago for a book which I didn't use all these pages. So I cut them up and glued them to cards. Now I have some greeting cards when I need them.

Here's a card made from dyed papers.

And another of the cards like the photo above with a bit of dyed paper behind it.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Winter, Anyone?

So this is the scene that I woke up to this morning. The high today was 31 degrees F.

Because it was so cold, this light layer of snow froze on the roads and made everything really slick. Luckily now it has almost melted off the roads. We are off to a Grizzly football game tomorrow and it's is supposed to be similar weather. So I decided we needed a couple of scarves.

So here is the one I made for DH. It's reversible with a thread sketched Griz paw.

Here's the whole scarf. They are made from fleece.

And here's my scarf. I'm sure everyone has already made one of these years ago but I never had. It's super easy though. So hopefully, we won't freeze tomorrow. I'm also making some flower pins out of leftover fleece. I found some great griz paw buttons. I'll take photos when they're done. I can always finish them on the two hour trip down to Missoula. Go Griz!