Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Vest Workshop Video

Ten like minded women joined me at the American Legion Hall in Los Alamitos, CA for three glorious days in March 2014 for a nuno felted seamless vest workshop.  An unlikely place for a felting workshop but a very hospitable and comfortable place indeed complete with an attached bar!  Fortunately none of us were driven to drink! 

The workshop was about making a simple vest pattern from one of our own garments.  I taught how to size it up to account for the shrinkage during felting.  And I made it so easy that no one had to use a calculator...go figure which is not what any one had to do, a pleasure I'm sure.  

Once we made the paper pattern, we transferred it to the plastic resist.  We then spent the next few days playing with wool roving, silk fabric and other goodies to create a seamless felted vest. One felter, Alison, even used batts from her own Alpaca which felted up so beautifully.  Everyone was so pleased with their finished vest and I couldn't have been more satisfied with the results.  Not only were the vests so uniquely creative but they also were felted and fulled to fit each figure perfectly. 

Check out the video below showing each felter creating their reversible seamless nuno felted vest and then modeling their beautiful creation.  It's 7:42 minutes of joy!  

Click the bottom right icon next to the word Vimeo to enjoy it  full screen.  


Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Reveal - Eco Printed Vest with Teeswater long locks

I had such fun creating this short nuno felted vest which is stylishly shorter in front and longer in back. I made it on a resist using Opulent Fiber's luscious fine white Merino roving and white silk 4mm gauze.  I sandwiched one layer of roving between the two layers of silk.  I added Teeswater long locks that I purchased from beautiful Natalie Redding from Namaste Farms.  Look for her on Shear Madness on the National Geographic Channel.  Before I put it in the eucalyptus dye pot for 5 days, I sewed on felted balls as buttons and used yarn to do a blanket stitch around the buttons holes.  And while making this, Robbin Firth's Heartfelt Silks jumbo palm roller was a joy to use and saved so much rolling time.  Thanks Robbin.

The vest before going into the dye pot.

 The front of the vest.

 The back of the vest.

 Preparing my eucalyptus dye pot. 

 Creating a bundle from the vest.

Securing the bundle with rubber bands and twine.

Here's the bundle afer 4 or 5 days in the dye pot.  Ahhhh...the reveal is so exciting.

First look and I'm so pleased.  I love the color, the eucalyptus print and how the Teeswater locks took the dye. Very organic, earthy and so, so many ways to wear this.  Inside out, upside down, buttoned (also so many ways) or left open.  Wear it with a tee shirt or with just a cami or tank underneath.  Wear it with jeans or to make a statement with a dressy outfit.  I love it!  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lentil Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Lentil Stuffed Poblano Peppers with a side of Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

There's a middle eastern market called Super King, not too far from my house that makes for some interesting treasures.  My creative juices start flowing when I'm in a market like this and I get excited to go home and start creating without a recipe.  I spotted some beautiful poblano peppers that looked like they were calling out to be stuffed and decided to base my culinary experimenting around them.  Bought some squash, zucchini, an eggplant and some fresh peeled garlic gloves in jar (make it easy on yourself). I Already had the tomatoes and yellow pepper in the frig.

Come join me as I create my very own Middle Eastern inspired vegetarian stuffed poblano peppers.  They're stuffed with a mixture of lentils and veggies and topped with a tomato, onion, garlic mixture.  They are absolutely delicious plus they're heart healthy and loaded with nutrients and fiber.  Enjoy.

Slit the peppers down one side, while still keeping them whole, and remove the seeds.  Drizzle some olive oil on them and roast them on a cookie sheet for about 35 minutes at 450 degrees.

On a separate cookie sheet place the tomato halves with the cut side down, sliced onions and garlic and roast them in the same oven as the peppers.  This will be the sauce for the stuffed peppers.

Use a food processor to slice all of the other veggies and toss them in a dressing made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.  I used the beet and horseradish mustard and the pomegranate balsamic vinegar from We Olive in Belmont Shore. All of the products there are deliciously unique.  Roast the mixture for 35 minutes at 450 degrees.  Some of these veggies will go into the stuffing for the peppers and the rest can be used for a side dish for this or another meal.

More goodies from Super King and cooked lentils from Trader's Joe's refrigerator case.

I thought these Brown Rice Breadcrumbs from Whole Foods looked interesting and are a good healthy and gluten free choice.  I added them to the food processor along with the lentils, a few red peppers from the jar, one egg, salt and pepper and some of the new spices from Super King, which I had never used before, called Aleppo Zaatar and Lemon Comand.  I also added some of the balsamic roasted veggies and for good measure, I threw in some crumbled feta cheese.

Process the roasted tomatoes, onions and garlic in the food processor with 1/4 tsp cinnamon, salt and pepper. Put half of the mixture in the bottom on a roasting pan.

Stuff the peppers with the lentil mixture and then top with the remaining tomato mixture.  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Making a seamless nuno felted handbag

I love felting with a resist, for me it's like sculpting a collage.

This is the finished handbag made with 4 layers of both Merino and Navajo Churro wool roving.  I embellished the top layer with some Teeswater long locks from Namaste Farms and pieces of a prefelt I made with merino and vintage saris. Thanks Pilar for your modeling, you sure wear it well.

After I made the prefelt, I gathered a portion of it up and secured it with string.

To make the handbag, I started from the inside out.  I first laid out two layers of magenta colored roving perpendicular to each other.  This will later be the inside of the back and the flap. I then added a plastic resist to the bottom portion which I covered with two layers of magenta roving letting the roving hang over the edges and bottom of the resist.  I then flipped the package.

 This is the side without the resist.  I folded in the rays from the resist. I then added a layer of Navajo Churro.

I added a layer of blue merino and embellishment- I concentrated my embellishment on the portion of the handbag which will be the flap.

I again flipped the package and am ready to finish to bottom part of the bag.  I already laid down two layers of magenta roving on to the resist in the first step above, so now I only have two more layers to go. I first folded in the "ray's over the resist. I then added a layer of Navajo Churro, a layer of blue Merino and embellishment.  Then I'm ready to felt and full.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hold Everything

I made this large bag using a resist and mainly Navajo Churro wool roving and bats. I placed 4 layers of wool on each side of the resist and on top of the second to the last and last layer, I added BFL curly locks, new and upcycled silk fabric and fiber. There is an inside pocket made using another resist. The handle is made from wool cords with it being thicker in the middle where it will lie on the shoulder with two thinner cords coming off of each side. It is attached at the side with adjustable knots that can make the purse hang shorter or longer.

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