Saturday, June 25, 2016

Open Poncho

How fun is this poncho to make which fits just about anybody.  Make it on a resist with one layer of fine wool roving sandwiched between two layers of silk.  One side is completely open and the other side has a sleeve and is closed.  It is reversible too and is a beautiful accessory to a solid outfit whether it be a dress, leggings and a top or over jeans and a tee. 

I wasn't thrilled with the yellow silk that I used on the bottom of the garment so I dyed it a dark brown color by first soaking it in a mixture of water and white vinegar and then putting it in the microwave in a gallon size zip lock bag for 2 1/2 minutes for 3 consecutive times with a 1 minute rest in between.

The bottom hole was a little bigger than I had wanted so to compensate, I made some felted balls and hung them from the hole - great look.  There is always a way to turn a mistake into a design element.

 It's a terrific one size fits all to leave one side completely open while enclosing the second side.
 I am so loving the Caribbean inspired turquoise and browns.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

20 States, 2 Countries, 5 weeks

The five week trip that Joe and I took in reliable N7542N was amazing.  The bird didn't have one hiccup and flew us across the USA and the Caribbean often in some pretty nasty and zero visibility weather.  In the USA we stopped in 20 states and saw and learned so much about our beautiful and vast country. In the Bahamas, we checked off a bucket list item by getting to swim with the pigs.  

I know it's often boring to look at other folks' vacation photos but I've added peppy music so this 13 minute movie is pretty easy to get through. I mean...swimming with pigs, you have got to see that!

As co-pilot my duties included programming the GPS and locating waypoints & airports on the charts. In five weeks we flew 53.8 hours and besides reading novels, I got in some creative time making a necklace and embellishing a white prefelt.  

Wire wrapped beads on chain with Roman glass, an old coin, yarn and threads as the pendant.

I embellished this prefelt by adding silk and wrapping thread around the wool and silk.
I used a needle and thread to add dimension to the wool and silk.

Friday, April 22, 2016

How to Make Felted Hand Warmers

I love how this scarf and the hand warmers, along with the red cowboy boots, so snazzily adorn this solid outfit.  Who wouldn't want to follow this gal where she's going!  

These seamless hand warmers and matching scarf are reminiscent of stained glass with uneven texture, stunning colors and black outlines. With five fingers exposed on each hand along with the textured colors, they also bring to mind the colorful, hillside towns of Italy's Cinque Terre.  They were made from several layers of black wool roving and a vintage sari along with other natural fibers.  

 I made the right and left at the same time using one resist and cut through the felt, to make two, once it was stabilized.

The matching scarf has cords that were formed by cutting in to the felt once it was stabilized. I rolled each cut portion on a bamboo sushi matt to form the cords.  I adorned the cords with both bronze and African beads.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Feeling Blue and Loving it!

This nuno felted seamless, reversible dress is light weight and not only gorgeous but oh so comfortable too.  It would be perfect for an elegant event, a wedding, or a romantic dinner for two at a table on the beach.  When the evening starts to cool down, just cover up with the coordinating shawl.  

 I created this nuno felted dress in white silk and superfine merino wool roving and dyed it afterwards in shades of blue.  I knitted the pearl bracelet in silver wire and added the pearls one at a time. The pearl necklace and earrings are also my designs and creations.

This short slideshow features my dog Juma with Bea modeling one of my newest felted creations along with my hand made jewelry.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

How to Mount a Felted Wall Hanging

I was so inspired by the shell filled, pristine beaches in Punta Chivato on our recent March '16 Baja adventure, that I decided the first felting project in my newly remodeled studio would be a large wall hanging for the new studio. I'm fittingly calling the new wall hanging, Punta Chivato.

While in Punta Chivato, I collected drift wood and shells galore, including lots of shells with holes that I knew would be perfect for the wall hanging.

Sunset in Punta Chivato, Baja

Started with white roving.
Work in process
Using a resist, I felted a casing on the back.  I bought a piece of molding and had the shop cut it to size.
I drilled two holes in the molding, one on each side about 1" in from the top and side.
Using a level, I made a pencil mark on the wall through each of the two drilled holes 

Dry wall screw holders
I screwed in the dry wall plastic screw holders into the two pencil marks on the wall.

Screwing in the dry wall screw holders

 I reinserted the molding in the casing of the wall hanging and then inserted the screws through the molding and into the dry wall screw holders and voila! 

The wall hanging looks terrific in my new studio and has such a calming look and feel.  
For more on the new studio, click here

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