Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cocoon Jacket Class

On Friday, I taught the first session of the Cocoon Nuno Jacket class at Camas Creek Yarn. I had four students but one had to leave early. We worked on making a sample and then the rest of the day was spent designing, measuring, figuring and deciding what yardage was needed for each jacket.

 There was lots of calculating, measuring, trying on and re-calculating.
 We used newspaper and muslin to make a pattern and to see how the jacket would fit.
 Here is Judy's sample (not really this green). She is going to make some changes on her final jacket as she didn't like the dark blue blobs.

 This is Vicki's sample. She is planning on doing much thinner edges and thinner strips of wool on her jacket.
This one is Diana's sample. She is planning on dyeing her jacket after it is felted. She used a yellow piece of silk but will be using white on her jacket.

The class meets again in two weeks and we'll be felting all day. I can't wait to see the finished jackets :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Picasso Challenge

 Here is a photo of my piece I made for our group's Picasso challenge. It's my hubbie on his tractor. And I have to say it looks just like him! LOL
It was fun putting this together. I didn't spend a lot of time on it thus the use of packing tape but it was fun.

This is the sculpture by Picasso that inspired me. I have never really liked his paintings so when I was looking him up online, I searched under sculpture. And this intrigued me. So I tried a cardboard sculpture. Have you studied any artist's work and then done something in their style? My local group is doing just that each month. It's been interesting.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Picasso Dogs and New Silk Screens

 I met with my surface design group on Friday and we had fun playing with a drawing exercise and making new silk screens. We used the EZ Screen Print sheets and Bunny's Yudu machine.

 This is the result of the Picasso dog drawing exercise. I heard about this idea from a podcast that I listened to here. It might have been the one from Diana Trout but I can't remember. Anyways, you keep turning the page and adding an eye, a foot, a tail, a snout etc. Then you connect the lines to make a Picasso dog. Mine is the bottom left one. It was fun for our Picasso exercise we did this past month. I don't seem to have a photo of my Picasso tractor sculpture that I made. I'll have to show you that later.
 Here are some of the silk screens we made. Most of us were going for background type texture to add to our projects. My four are on the left. Several of mine look like bark, can you imagine? Jan's are in the middle and Louise's are on the right. Isn't her cheesecloth one cool?
 These are Carole's. The one on the bottom right is my favorite.

 And here are Bunny's on the left. Her flower on the top left printed out really well. I am planning on doing something with these screens soon so more photos to follow.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Have you used a hat form before?

 I recently got three hat forms from Hat Shapers to make more felt hats. In the past, I just shaped my hats with the washboard and fulling techniques. I would then put plastic bags inside to hold the shape while the hat dried. But to make a hat that is really specific, it works wonders if you have a hat form. The hat above was an experiment and was only partially successful. It was going to be a flat beret with a brim but it ended up looking really silly. So I turned it into a baseball cap with the help of a hat form. It still looks a bit silly but at least it doesn't cause people to fall down laughing.

 This hat is a sample made using a Columbia wool from Oregon. It comes in these really nice tweedy colors. It doesn't felt as quickly as merino but it's very sturdy and works really well for hats. I used the fedora hat shaper for this one and it actually looks like a fedora.

I used flax and bamboo fiber to add a little embellishment to the brim. I'm still trying to work out where you put embellishments that will end up in the area of the hat band. It's hard to determine that exactly because of the shrinkage and how the hat form works. I never thought I would like making hats but with the hat forms, they are really easy. I have no connection with Hat Shapers but I do like their products.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Nuno Felting Class Coming Soon

I am working on a class to make these style of cocoon jackets with nuno felt. Take a look at my recent post over at the Felting and Fiber Studio to see more. Keep an eye out on the website for Camas Creek Yarn to sign up. For those of you who are from out of town, Camas Creek has flats to rent right upstairs so you can stay and learn.