Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Winds and Dragons


This is my newest nuno felted vest which I'm calling "Winds and Dragons" in honor of mah jongg, another one of my passions. I learned mah jongg from my mother who played the game once a week from her mid 20's to almost until she passed away at 85.  My Aunt Bernice is still playing at 90.  Looks like I'm on the same path and I love it.  Mah jongg keeps your mind active and is an amazing game of skill with some luck certainly thrown in too. 

 This vest has two vintage mah jongg tiles used as buttons and closed with felted cords. The maj tile in the photo to the left is a One Bam and the tile in the photo above is a Red Dragon.


Shibori balls embellish both the front and back of the vest.

  I play mah jongg at least once a week and sometimes more.  I have taught several friends to play over the years and they in turn have taught others.  Some are so good that they have even entered tournaments.  When I was on a cruise in South American last December, I went up to the game room to get in on the maj game.  All of a sudden, I hear "Is that Beth Marx?" Can you believe it, it was a maj player whom I had played with a few times at home.  How fun it that and how cool that you can get a game going anywhere.  For more of my mah jongg posts, click here:  


  


 

 Work in Progress




 The collar is made from an beautiful silk/metal fabric and looks amazing.

 Of course this vest is reversible and can also be worn upside down as a shrug/shawl.





Friday, April 3, 2015

Nuno Felted Vest Workshop in Southern California - March 2015




An incredible group of twelve inspiring, positive women attended my March 2015 nuno felting seamless vest workshop in Southern California

Day 1 of 4 involved taking the Metro Blue Line from Long Beach to Los Angeles for fabric shopping in downtown LA followed by lunch at the upscale Bottega Louie. Some of the students said that this alone was worth the price of admission!


On the morning of Day 2, I taught the group how to make and size up a pattern to account for the shrinkage.  Then it was on to creativity and hard work as the women exerted lots of energy, but certainly lots of fun and camaraderie too, creating their own unique seamless nuno felted vest. 

On the afternoon of the last day, each student beautifully and proudly modeled her creation for our photo shoot.

Enjoy the video which really captures the essence and spirit of our time together.  Still smiling!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kiss Me Kate


Kate is such a doll and is a naturally gorgeous modeling my nuno felted high collar shawl.  Kate works at Scratch Bakery which is a local Long Beach favorite American Patisserie where everything is made, as the namesake states, from scratch.  Our weekly Sunday routine is to walk there with the three dogs and enjoy a patisserie and coffee before heading to the lagoon or beach where the dogs can run and play off leash.  Besides the human confections, Scratch makes homemade doggie treats.  So our dogs love the place as much as we do.  

This reversible nuno felted poncho was made on a resist with no seams and no sewing.  I sandwiched one layer of roving between two layers of silk.  The fist layer of silk was one piece of animal print silk.  I then added a few embellishments and then then mainly black roving but burgundy in a few places.  More silk fabric was added on top of the roving.  
Work in progress.




Kate wears it so well and this poncho is perfect for the transition from winter to spring.  Great for the cool mornings and evenings.  Dress it up or down and wear it as shown or with the animal print on the outside.  Fun, fun, fun and cozy and comfy too.



All wrapped Up

Spring is certainly in the air on this February day and nothing could be better to wear than an ocean inspired nuno felted reversible wrap.  It's enough to keep me warm but beachy and breezy too.

   

 A glorious day exploring the lagoon with my three dogs Juma, Tucker and Oliver who love having the chance to run leash free along the shore.  Tucker and Oliver are terrific swimmers but Juma will only brave the water to get his paws wet.  I can barely wait for summer when I too will again take the plunge into the clean, cool, green, inviting water.







Juma, my five year old male Ridgeback met an 8 month old female Ridgeback today and boy did they hit it off.  It was love at first site.  Both will be back soon for their second date.
 This shawl is reversible and made with fine merino roving and hand dyed silks.  I used lots of inclusions including pearls, sequins and beach glass.  A hand made double sided green beach glass "button" keeps the shawl closed.

 The reverse side is just as fun and shows off the various dyed ocean colored silks.




Tucker and Oliver are having a blast in the water.



Lots of life, interesting moss, pelicans, herons, shells and rocks.  I love it here.  It's my weekly solace.

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. 



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