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Christmas felt pebbles, brooch & pic

I fancied a change today.  No scarves today, I wanted to do something different. Something cute. Something small.

Felted Christmas pebbles

Wet felted Christmas pebbles approx 5x3cm

Wet felted Christmas pebbles approx 5x3cm

So I collected some pebbles from the garden and felted them in Christmas colours;

red with green silk,

white with red silk,

green with red silk,

white with purple silk,

purple with white silk and a touch of sparkly gold Angelina fibre.

Yummy!!

I’ve also covered one pebble in dark blue with lighter blue silks and I think I will be embroidering a star on that one.

I think these will make lovely little stocking fillers, or Christmas table decorations.

Then I made a…

15x15cm Felt picture

This is of an evening nature scene, 15x15cm which I will stick onto a canvas of the same size.

Here are a couple of pics of the layout and the picture itself.  The first one is of the layout, mainly of merino wool, with some silk tops, a little Angelina fibre in the sky, some nepps as stars, some silk noile flowers and a little bit of silk sari for patterning in the foreground.  The photo of the layout was taken in daylight and the one of the finished painting was taken in artificial light this evening, so there’s a bit of a difference with the hues.

Layout for nature evening scene

Layout for nature evening scene

Wet felted picture 15x15cm of evening nature scene

Wet felted picture 15x15cm of evening nature scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needle felted brooch – country scene

Then, with time to spare, I got out my felting needle and a large button for sizing, and felted a little nature scene with a poppy in the front, which I stuck onto the button, after I’d attached a brooch clasp to the back.  Here are a couple of photos of this.  It is very cute, and only 4cm in diameter.

I thoroughly enjoyed making these different objects and I’ll make some more smaller, and different items, which I’ll be able to display for my customers at the two pre-Christmas markets that I’ll be attending.

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Bespoke Gift Ideas!

Wanting something unusual, unique, sumptuous for a friend or loved one for a special occasion and know they’d love a piece of wearable art? Or a stunning felted wall hanging? Or quirky felted bowl or other unique item?

Here are some ideas:

Summer Scarf (nuno felted onto tissue silk)

Network Scarf (lots of merino and varieties of silk)

Summer Scarf with Flower detail (nuno felted onto hemmed 100% silk scarf)

Jewellery made with felt and/or beads/freshwater pearls

Wall hangings and felt paintings

Vases, bowls, books and more…

Ensure your gift is ready for Christmas!

Now is a good time to put in your order for a commissioned scarf or other piece of felt art.

As these are hand made items, and each piece takes several hours to make, if you order now you can ensure your order will arrive in time to gift it at Christmas.

If you let me know which out of the scarves or other items you’ve seen on this blog that you like, and give me an idea of the colours or style you are after, I will do the rest!

There are felted gifts to suit your budget –  from $5 plus P&P to $500 plus P&P.

I would love to help you with the ideal gift! Contact me today using the contact form below and we can arrange that extra special one-of-a-kind gift.

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Love Poppies! – Nuno felt scarf!

Here’s a lovely lightweight scarf I have just made.  I couldn’t leave the poppies until I had used the theme on at least one other item.

Changing my style slightly, although still keeping the scarf as fine as possible and using the wool mainly to ‘stick’ silk to silk, I laid one end of the scarf out showing a poppy field, and the other with three large poppy heads.

This will be on display over the weekend as well.

Aside

Updated Felt Gallery

To view a lot of my felt work in one ‘hit’, check out the Gallery – Felt which I have just updated with more recent pieces.

I love teal! Two nuno scarves

I love teal – well, I love all colours period.  But each time I make a new scarf using a different colour spectrum, I fall in love all over again!

I was explaining this to my hubby as I showed him the two scarves.  I was almost salivating with delight at the colours and how the two designs had turned out.  He just looked at them, looked up at me over his spectacles and said:

“It must be a girl thing.”

I was so delighted with the shining jadey-turquoisey colours that I totally ignored the potential sexist argument thing, thinking – there must be millions of people, male and female, around the world who would feel the same over two new colourful creations. Some men love colours and creating – some women can’t bear arty farty stuff. 

You can’t generalise, which is what Baz tends to do. So I brought him back to a more personalised perception of the whole thing.

“No.  It’s a me thing.”

But that’s what makes the world go around isn’t it – the differences as well as the similarities!

So, here are pics of the two teal scarves.  I made them on tissue silk, with merino rovings, lots of silk tops and a dimensional yarn.

The zigzag one may remind you of a white one I made recently, with the teal highlights and pattern.  This one is a commission for a jeweller who has a stand at the markets I attend – Glasshouse Market – we have traded our wares with each other: a scarf from me for a bracelet from her.

I love bartering.

One Day Felting Workshop – for beginners

During the first Open Studio weekend I made a small piece of felt to demonstrate the wet felting technique for four lovely ladies who had come along to Sandra Price’s studio where I was fortunate enough to show my felt art alongside her beautiful and colourful artwork.

Last week, Sandy let me know that a couple of these ladies were interested in making a nuno felt scarf, so I surprised myself by being very proactive and organised a workshop for Saturday the 3rd of August.

I have all the information at my other website, including what you receive in your Funtastic Felt Pack which you use during the workshop and which you also get to take home so you are all set to make another piece of felt if you wish.

Places are very limited, so if you would like to come along, please visit the following link  and follow the prompts.  One Day Felting Workshop

If you can’t make the 3rd August but would love to learn to make a beautiful lightweight nuno felt scarf, contact me and I’ll put you into another workshop.

Alternatively, if you and 2 or 3 friends would like to learn to make a scarf on a different date, contact me and we can work out a day that suits everyone. 🙂

Polymer and Felt jewellery

Spirals phone caseSince I discovered polymer clay to make a couple of buttons and beads for felting projects a while ago, it’s been calling to me quietly from my craft box.

I’ve been wanting to have another play with polymer clay and have been waiting for the right time and a touch of inspiration.

Like felting, polymer clay has got great potential in terms of colour mixing and versatility of design.

Last night after my friend left to go home to Brisbane, I took out my polymer clay in a selection of colours and a piece of maroon felt that I’ve been using lately to cover books with. I love the colours in that piece so much, I wanted to put it to more good use.

Taking three colours – red, purple and yellow, I blended the polymer clay in my hands, then rolled it out several times until I had a lovely marbelled effect.  I cut out a couple of different shapes, moulded one on a teapot lid to give a curve resembling an open shell, and rolled the other to create a semi-closed shell. To give definition to where I would place some felt on the open shell design, I cut out a thin strip which I stuck into a ring, making a little scroll that I stuck over the join.

Then I baked them.

I anticipated the end result with glee as I waited for the kitchen timer to ding so I could take the pieces out of the oven to cool.

Eventually they were cold enough to touch and I set about putting the pieces together, with some of the maroon hand made felt and a couple of freshwater pearls to give a focal point.

I realised at that point I need to be a tad more refined when I’m creating the initial shape, and if I want a smoother surface, I’m going to have to pay more attention to detail.  But you have to remember, this is only the second time I’ve made anything out of polymer clay, and while the finished products to a trained eye will most likely look fairly ‘rustic’, I regard this as a successful experiment.

To draw my critical eye from the slight imperfections on the surface, and not having any polymer gloss in my possession, I did what any self-respecting impatient artist would do and reached for a bottle of clear nail varnish.

Several coats later, I had a gloss finish to those babies that would give epoxy resin a run for its money.  The glossy surface really sets off the matt of the felt too.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with my two pieces of polymer and felt jewellery.  It’s a definite outlet for more creativity, and a lovely way to mix media.

Here are some photos of the finished two necklaces.

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New felty things – but not scarves!

Here’s a quick catch up on my latest felt creations.

Green orange bowl I finished the little green/maroon bowl by adding the circle I’d cut out to make the hole of the bowl. I needle felted a piece of wine coloured chiffon with some silk rovings and finished it off with a few red and orange coral beads. The photo doesn’t do the colours justice really – the silk that looks blue in the photo is really a greeny grey and blends with the bowl’s colours.

After struggling to like the tall green vase, my son upturned it and stuck it on his head.

“It’s a hat.”

I reluctantly had to agree it is a hat.  I so wanted it to be a vase.

Donning the thing on my head, I had to admit it does look Dr Seussy, and pretty damn funtastic!

So hat it is.

Raspberry lavender nuno silk scarf

First, the scarf

Silk and pc covered

Silk on bubble wrap, some of the materials to be used and my pc covered up

It’s now 5.36pm and following up on my previous post from about 2pm, here are some photos of my finished nuno silk scarf and a rough ‘tutorial’ for anyone interested in the finer points of making a nuno scarf.

As it’s mother’s day coming up, I wanted to create a scarf with a floral accent.

I used tissue silk which I’d hand dyed a raspberry shade.  The colours of the merino wool included hand dyed raspberry and dark lavender, plus a blend of lime and blue/green to give a variegated leaf colour, plus tiny amounts of lilac and pink.

I also used hand-dyed silk rovings as well as textured wool.

Everything went well and it took about three hours to complete this project.

As usual, I pushed my boundaries, this time seeing how little wool I could lay onto the silk that would give a good effect while leaving the finished scarf as light and delicate as possible.  In the final photo, you can see a closeup of the scarf showing some of the detail and also how see-through it is, with my fingers showing through the material.

This is also the first time I’ve used this specific colour combination and I like the effect.  When laying out the edging along the silk, which prevents fraying and effectively hems the scarf without sewing, I began one end all raspberry and by the time I laid out the wool towards the other end, had gradually changed the colour to the dark lavender.  When I laid out the two end ‘roses’, I also alternated the petal colouring accordingly.

All in all, I’m very happy with this scarf.  I’d love your feedback too.

5:2 Fasting update

On the fasting note (from this morning’s post), I found the afternoon went quickly without feeling starving.  I think being busy helped as well as drinking water, black coffee and roibus tea. I’m looking forward to more soup this evening and if calories allow (I think they do), a small amount of chicken breast as well.  Yum!

Felting Scarf photo gallery

My soggy balls wouldn’t dry!

Before I share my story about my soggy balls, let me just go back to Sunday’s local craft market.  It turned out to be a lovely sunny day – amazing considering we’ve had weeks of rain and are all growing webbed feet!

I had the chance to display my new jewellery on a makeshift stand made up of a plastic stand covered with a piece of un-dyed pre-felt batting, which created a light background that framed the felt jewellery nicely.

After the previous market, I didn’t have a huge amount of stock left, so I brought a couple of my paintings for display at the other end of the table.

Stall at local market

Here is a close up of the jewellery which I think looks cute lined up in three columns of colour.

First display of jewellery

While I was at the market, I started another earrings and necklace set.  I had time to roll and stitch pieces of felt and later that afternoon, I added the beading to the earrings, plaited three colours of embroider’s cotton to make a necklace and finished the set.  I love the colour combination.

New blue felt necklace and earring set.

As you can see, I’ve put the necklace together slightly differently this time, with a loop of beading that I’ve attached to the main necklace with two jump rings.

So what about my soggy balls?

Well, as I said above, it’s been raining for gawd knows how long and things seem to take so long to dry.  I made a few little felt balls in cream and also blended amber shades, which will be the basis for some new jewellery.

Even though I made these balls two days ago, and put them to dry in the kitchen on an upturned sieve so they would get reasonable air circulation, when I came home from work today eager to get going on the next lot of jewellery, I couldn’t.  I was also concerned that if I left the balls to dry too much longer they’d end up getting that mildewy smell that damp towels get when they haven’t dried quickly. Yuk! I definitely didn’t want that!

After briefly considering using the hairdryer, I decided against that because it would take too long, so I went for an easier way.  I’d nuke ’em.

After three minutes in the microwave the little balls were dry and after a couple of minutes longer, the larger balls were light and perky.

If you’re going to do something like this, I’d recommend checking them regularly because you don’t want them to dry too soon and catch fire.  That could turn out nasty.

After that, I had to do some housework – the bane of every creative person’s life I reckon.  Or maybe just mine, lol, I don’t know.  So another day has been ‘wasted’.  Tomorrow though, after a couple of morning appointments, I get to play – to be creative.

Let’s see what my creative juices put together tomorrow.  For now though, I’ll leave you with a photo of my little balls when they were still wet.  Can you spot the one that’s going to be a little cube?

Little felt balls

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