Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I have been putting off doing the finishing work on more that a few items. This morning I wouldn't let myself felt until I got most of this done. My finished projects are whats pictured here.
I had made this felt collar three months ago, all it needed was a button and a button hole. I decided to use this black vintage button, and it only took ten minutes! I am such the procrastinator!
I made a few of these white merino cuffs with Wensleydale locks on the edges, I think they look so pretty, like natures lace. This one on the right has some pearl buttons and is for my lovely daughter-in-law, Alex. I made two more that I may put on the Etsy site or I may give them to my Aunt to wear to the Renaissance Fair.
This is a purple cuff that I had nuno felted some silk onto then put it in a dye bath of Brazilwood. I left it in a little to long and the silk totally disappeared and turned purple. So, I've tried to salvage it and did some free motion embroidery on it. Still not sure if it's up to selling standard. I do like the design though.
Below is just a pic of some of my favorite embellishment treasures. I am an avid collector of buttons and tend to like shell and bone ones the best. If any one knows what the name or the use is for the white pearl circles on the bottom with the two tiny holes at the very top, I would love to find out!
Monday, February 13, 2012
The finished product is the large pic at the bottom. The colors are actually richer than the picture, I just love the outcome. It started out being 28 " inches square when dry. After fulling it, shrinking it,the
My mission today is to find some fabric to back it with, if I don't find anything I may just make a large piece of brown felt for the back.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I love the purple one at the top! They are large pieces of beach glass so the color is muted, it looks wonderful when the light comes shining through it. I used a short fiber merino batt and some silk for this one. The purple and yellow one here on the left is the bottom of a bottle that a friend in Florida found on the beach, she sent me some round ones too, they're next! She has an Etsy shop called "made for fun" and sells beach glass and loads of other goodies in her shop. The edges are all bumpy and soft from being ground down by the surf, I really wanted to see those so I cut away the felt to expose them. Actually, all the glass I use is beach glass mostly found here in Northern California, except for the red one, that came from an old piece of stained glass that had an accident. Below is a picture of where I hang all my little creations, it's the door to my cabin where I do all of my felting. Around two o'clock the sun comes shining through and lights them all up,
Do what you
what you do
And i do!
This is the perfect time to mention that all of this is possible because of my husband, Jack, who supports me completely in my fascination with felting. He is my most honest critic, he too is constantly amazed at what can be made with felt. It is so important to have the support of your family and friends in any endeavor one takes on in life, and I have such a great network of both, thank you all. Sometimes I marvel at my good fortune!
When I finish my big "stained glass" piece, it still needs more mulling over in the brain, I'll post it up here. If there are any wet felters out there that want to experiment with this and want more info on how to do it and what materials to use just drop me a note and I'll be glad to lay out the steps for you. You don't need to use beach glass, any glass will do. If you want to use beach glass though, Etsy is a good source, I've seen some good collections on there. All of these are wet felted by the way, that's mostly what I do.
Thanks for stopping by! Terry