Saturday, March 31, 2012

Inspiration Deck

 In February, I found a blog by Jess Brogan called In Search of Dessert. She was hosting a inspiration deck swap which you can read about here. So I decided to join up and participate. I applied gesso to a deck of playing cards on both sides and then painted them.
 This is what they looked like after I painted and stenciled them.
 Then I printed out a bunch of inspirational sayings on white paper, cut them out and glued them down with a combination of gel medium and walnut ink. That way I glued down the paper at the same time as giving them a coat of walnut ink.
 On the back of the card I put my name and blog addresses. I hope no one was offended by this one but it makes me laugh.
 On Friday, I received these in the mail. A deck of 52 cards from different people with inspirational sayings. Now when I'm in need of inspiration, I can take out the deck and find some. I can also check out 52 different websites or blogs of people who made these.
 I am going to show a few of the cards that I received. Aren't they wonderful?

I always think it's great to see what other people come up with when they follow the same instructions. This was a fun swap and thanks to everyone who participated for making my cards. And thanks to Jess for coordinating and making up all these packs of cards. It was fun.

I've been felting for the last two days so more photos to come soon.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Learning to Felt a Hat

 I had another felted hat class yesterday at Camas Creek Yarn. There were 5 students and we had a really good time. Each of the hats created was unique and they all turned out great. Here, Michelle and Karen are drawing out their resist shapes.
 Jason and Barbara are laying out wool for the bottom layer.
 Here is Zoe's first layer for her hat.
 Barbara has her resist completely covered and is wetting it down completely.
 Here's Jason's resist covered with wool and completely wet down.
 Michelle is beginning to rub the outside layer.
 And Zoe, always enthusiastic, is rubbing her hat as well.
 Next up was rolling and Jason is rolling while Barbara is sopping up excess water.
 Here is Zoe rolling, rolling, rolling... It looks like Karen is doing a good job of supervising.
The resist has been removed and the hats are on the Hat Shaper hat forms. Barbara is pounding away to get the right shape.
 Jason made a fedora style hat and is shaping on the hat form.
 Michelle made a cloche style hat.
 Here is Zoe and her swirly hat, she's working that pointy top to just the right position.
 Karen has her hat on the hat form and she got some wonderful folds on the top.
Here is everyone at the end of class. My hat that I made for demonstration is at the far right. What a wonderful group of people and look at those hats! Didn't they do a great job?

Friday, March 16, 2012

And the winner is...

The winner of the 400th post giveaway is Sandy! The random number generator picked number 4 and Sandy was the 4th comment. I've sent you an e-mail and as soon as I have your address, I'll mail out the fiber goodies. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone for all the lovely comments and thanks for stopping by to see what I've been doing in fiber land :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Another Hat Class Coming Soon

I have another hat class scheduled at Camas Creek Yarn on March 23rd from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Go here for more information. There are still a couple of spots left if you're in the area. I had a blast with the last class and I'm looking forward to this one.

If you haven't signed up for my fiber giveaway, there's still time. I'll be doing the drawing tomorrow afternoon. So go to the previous post and leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 9, 2012

400th Post Celebration Giveaway

 It's hard for me to believe but this is my 400th post. Thanks to all of you for reading, I appreciate all your positive comments and support. To celebrate this "momentous" occasion, I am hosting a fiber giveaway. All you need to do is leave a comment and I'll put you in the drawing to win this collection of wool, prefelt, embellishments and hand dyed embroidery thread. The entry deadline is March 15th. I'll draw out a name of the lucky winner and post the winner on March 16th, a week from today. Make sure that you either have an e-mail address attached to your account or leave me your e-mail address in the comment. If I don't have a way to contact you, then I will have to draw another name.
The fiber package includes two white batts of merino wool, a magenta batt of wool and banana fiber, three pieces of prefelt, fake cashmere, silk noil, silk hankies, silk throwsters waste, silk top, eyelash yarn, angelina fiber, wool nepps, beads made from silk cocoons and a nuno felted flower all in purples, blues and reds. I have also included 8 skeins of hand dyed threads including Finca 2/C (which is similar to size 16 coton a broder), size 12 perle cotton, size 5 perle cotton and lace weight wool thread.

Thanks for stopping by and Good Luck!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Busy, busy, busy

 I have been a busy, busy girl. First we made a trip to Washington DC and on to Philadelphia for the Buyers Market of American Craft to buy for the store. I wrote a post about it over on the Felting and Fiber Studio site. We got home from Philly and then two days later drove over to La Conner, Washington to go to my stitch course with Gail Harker. When we got back after a week, I had my local surface design group at the house, a Brewfest fundraiser on Big Mountain and now we have company coming to visit. Never a dull moment. The photo above is a sari from the collection of Penny Peters who has traveled to India several times. She assists with our stitch class and since we were studying Kantha embroidery during the session, she showed us some wonderful examples. These are all done with running stitch. Who knew that the lowly running stitch could form so many patterns?
 This pattern really caught my eye. I love the geometric look of the center section. We studied the stitch, working in our sketchbooks. I'll have to show sketchbook photos later.
 This one was really cool as well. The filling in the elephants and birds is done with all running stitch. This is another sari in Penny's collection.

We then stitched samples of a variety of patterns using running stitch. It's amazing how long this takes. For these 6 small samples which are each about 1" x 2", it took me 4-5 hours to stitch. This one was done on only one layer of muslin as Kantha stitching is usually done on very thin layers. I have more examples to show you but they aren't quite finished yet. Plus I have two Kantha projects to work on before our next session in May. We got loads of homework!

 For those of you who were asking about my Round Robin piece, I finally got it back. This isn't a very good photo of it. I'll have to get a better one. Louise added a variety of paper and paint and Bunny added copper metallic mesh and beads. It really turned out to be a beautiful piece.

For our play session at my house, we did paper mache, mainly because Carole had never done it before. I made little bitty cups of paper thinking I would use them for light covers on a string of Christmas type lights. However, as you can see from the photo, I only managed to complete four of them. As that would make for a very short string of lights, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them.

I have finally gotten the book pages from the publisher to review. I'm sending those back soon and the book is still going to be out in August. I have another hat felting class scheduled at Camas Creek Yarn on March 23rd. I hope to get an advanced hat class worked out for some time this summer and perhaps a nuno felted jacket class. And then there's the yurt. I think that I will only be able to get the designing portion of the yurt done this year. I had hoped to be able to start felting it this summer but with everything else on my plate, I don't think I want to rush it. I am trying to stay focused as per my word for the year and I think I need to keep my focus on my stitch class. So yurt making will definitely be a two year project!

Don't miss my upcoming post as it will be a celebration of my 400th post and I'll be having a giveaway.