Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Making of a Seamless Nuno Felted Hoodie

This nuno felted seamless vest hoodie is reversible.  It's reminiscent of the sea with the greens and blues and is perfect for transitioning from winter drabs to spring colors.  

I used acid dyes and the microwave dyeing technique to dye white silk gauze, some yarn, cocoons and tussah silk.  These silks were used on one side of the vest and a vintage sari on the reverse side.  Merino roving was sandwiched between the two silk layers to make this nuno felted hoodie vest with lots of surface design.  In my stash, I pulled out two of my very favorite buttons that I bought years ago at the Paris flea market.  I sewed them on the center front of the vest and made hand made threaded button holes on both sides of the vest. 

Work in progress.

Lots of surface design.

 Free motion sewing was used to embellish the felted craters. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

I've Got the Blues

I'm feeling the blues...oh and the turquoises too.  After months and months of blacks and grays, I'm in to blues which is the hot or should I say cool color for spring. 

This shawl started off with a piece of white gauze and white roving.  On top of the white roving, I added cut up pieces of green and turquoise silks and inclusions with white silks on top.  I also added some stacks of roving covered with some white silk.  

After it was felted, I soaked it in vinegar and used acid dyes and the microwave method to first dye it a turquoise color.  After that, I rolled it in a stick and wrapped the bundle in string.  Back into the microwave in a baggy of deep blue dye.  I'm pleased with the results which look rich and textured.

 As usual these shawls can be worn inside out, upside down.  Make it your own look to enhance what you're wearing.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rustic Elegance

Rustic elegance. This eco printed felted outfit is absolutely so fun and comfortable to wear.  The felted dress and vest are layered over leggings and a long sleeve tie dyed sheer tank.  A lattice scarf and hand warmers complete the felted the look.

All of the felted pieces started off with white merino roving
Wrapped in eucalyptus and other goodies

Three days in the pot

Monday, October 27, 2014

More Felted Vests

Felted Vest Workshop - Oct '14 from Beth Marx on Vimeo.

It had been quite awhile since I had the opportunity to experience a fall foliage but I did during Fabulous Fibre Month- October 2014 hosted by Robbin Firth/Heartfelt Silks and held at the beautiful Season's on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson, Wisconsin.  Fabulous Fibre Month consisted of various classes and workshops throughout the month of October and the one I taught was a three day seamless vest workshop.  The students had some felting experience but most had never made a felted garments.  They learned how to use my calculation sheet to enlarge a pattern and how to felt using a resist.  They made some gorgeous vests; each and every one was so unique and such a work of art.

Never got to go in this bistro in Stillwater, MN but I wonder if we're related!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Day at the Fair

 The Artistic License Fair at Estancia Park in Costa Mesa, CA is an annual two day fair that has been in existence for over twenty years.  It features fine hand made wearable art, jewelry and accessories. 

I had been a frequent shopper for years but this was my first year showing and I was so happy to be a part of it. Although the weather was unseasonable hot for late October, the event was a big success in so many ways.  I experienced so much love and joy being in my element - having the support of so many friends, meetings new artists and customers,  styling the clothing, displaying my wares and hanging out with my dear friend Amalia, who agreed to be my assistant, for two full days. 

The eco coat looks fab on Sue.
Jennifer rocks her new shawl.
I shopped my booth and decided I needed to keep this dress for myself.
This eco shawl beautifully accessorizes Susan's outfit.   

I love the ocean shawl over white.
This collar/shawl is so much fun.

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