Sunday, September 23, 2012

First Day of Nuno Felted Jacket Class

I am in the midst of teaching a nuno felted jacket class at Camas Creek Yarn. We had the first class on Friday and the actually making of the jacket yardage will happen this coming Friday. There is only room for four people in the class as the space is limited for really big projects. Most people need at least three yards.

 Here's the class room before we started. We talked about nuno felting, design, color and different methods of construction for a jacket.
 Here is everyone working on their 12"x12" samples. Then we get to do the fun part. Shrinkage and  math!

 This is Debbie's sample when she started.
 This is Patsy's sample. She is doing a heavier jacket as compared to everyone else in the class.
 This is Diane's sample. She is going to make a white jacket.
Here's Julie doing a bit of rubbing to encourage those wool fibers through the silk. Julie is planning on dyeing her jacket after it's completely felted.

Next week I'll show you the jackets when they are nearly finished.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sun Printing

It's still sunny here in Montana so my local group decided to do some sun printing before summer is over.
 It's a really simple process. You can use just about any kind of fabric paint. It helps if you wet the fabric a bit first.

 You then paint your fabric and lay items on top. Leaves work really well but you can use anything flat.
 Then put your piece out into the sun. It's better on a calm day when the wind isn't blowing.
 Here's a partially painted fabric.
 Here's a bunch of pieces drying in the sun.
 Louise and Bunny are busy working.
 This is one of my pieces that I used pieces of bark.
 This is Carole's piece.

 Here is one of Louise's where she used sticks.
 This was done by Sandy who said she couldn't do this kind of stuff (she was visiting) but look how well she did.

 This is Jan's piece.
 Here's one of Louise's - I really like this one.
 This one I put Wensleydale locks on it.
 This one is covered with threads.

 Here are some drying in the sun.
 Washers
 More sticks
 Scrunched fabric
 A fern
 and buttons. We had fun and now we have more fun fabric to use.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Starting Over


I'm back from class and boy do we have lots more homework again. Funny how that works. I wrote a post about the complete Starting Over book on the Felting and Fiber Studio blog. Go take a look and you can hear about the process and see the poem on which the book is based.