Saturday, April 24, 2021

Organization and Management

How organized are you?  Is your studio in complete chaos making it difficult to get through any project or are you so anal that you cannot move forward unless every every tiny detail is in order?  I would call myself organized but in a casual sort of way.  I like to spread out and make a mess when I am creating.  But once I finish a project, I quickly clean up and am ready to start anew.  I have come up with a little system and although not earth shattering, it helps me to quickly clean up and to stay organized.  

As you know, when you felt you have lots of little left overs, like wool roving that cannot easily be put back into your larger ball.  You have pieces of silk that are small but that you certainly want to keep.  And maybe fully felted pieces that you've cut off to open up a resist.  Or little pieces of prefelt.  I have four containers, one for each of these items:  wool roving, fabric, fully felted pieces which make great inclusions in projects, and pieces of prefelt both commercial and my own.  Just separate what's what and voila, clean up is basically done.

Wool roving
Fabric pieces


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Small pieces of prefelt
Fully felted pieces



There are so many benefits to being organized.  Read more about it here.

An old but true adage:  A place for everything and everything in its place.  

So you are not already doing it, get organized to help you better  manage yourself, your time and your stuff.


Metal pieces for resist dyeing

Rusty pipes for eco printing


Clothes pins for lots of things

Rocks are so handy for weighing things down

Foam brushes in one cup, large brushes in another cup, fabric markers in yet another cup.

Felting rollers and mats in one large bucket

So pretty to look at and terrific for shibori


Large scissors in one place and small ones in another place.

Even rubber bands have a home












Monday, March 15, 2021

JUNE 3-JUNE 6, 2021, FELTING, FOOD AND WINE IN NAPA VALLEY!!

JOIN ME FOR AN IMMERSIVE FELTING, FOOD AND WINE EXPERIENCE IN THE NAPA VALLEY



 It looks like there is finally a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel.  Many of us have already been vaccinated and the rest of us folks in the USA should be by the end of May.  Zoom has been great but there is nothing that replaces an in-person workshop experience.  It's not just about the learning but about the whole experience using all of our senses, the community, and the friendships we develop and sustain.  So we are very happy to announce that the workshop that was originally planned for February 2021 is now going to take place June 3-June 6, 2021.   I am so excited to be the first guest instructor at Carneros Studios located in the Napa Valley and housed in a 5,000 square foot barn with a lovely first-floor fireplace and gathering area.  







NUNO FELTED VEST WORKSHOP WITH BETH MARX 

Welcome reception - Thursday evening, JUNE 3, 2021 

3 day Workshop - Friday, JUNE 4 - Sunday, JUNE 6, 2021 

$1,250


This extensive workshop with Beth includes three nights of accommodations on property in the beautiful Carneros region of the Napa Valley.  Over the course of the weekend, you will enjoy a welcome wine tasting reception, three breakfasts, three lunches, and a dinner prepared by a local Napa Valley chef, in addition to Napa Valley vineyard views during your three-day workshop. 

You will use a resist to create a one of kind seamless nuno felted vest that can be worn inside out and upside down, hence the 4-Way Vest. You will learn how to make a pattern/resist from one of your own existing garments and to easily size it up to account for shrinkage using Beth’s “Easy Peasy Shrinkage Calculation” sheet. Beth’s method for pattern making doesn’t involve taking body measurements or using complicated math – you won’t even need to use a calculator. You will learn how to sandwich wool roving between layers of sheer silk fabric and embellish the vest as suits your taste and style. Beth will teach you how to create seamless edges, professionally finish the open areas like the armholes and hemline, and how to shape and size your vest to fit properly and flatteringly. You will also learn about various closures for your vest. Once you finish your vest, Beth will style you and take photos of you modeling your beautiful unique vest in a multitude of ways. 

Skill level: This is an intermediate felting workshop. Students should be familiar with how to lay out wool roving for wet felting. This workshop does require some stamina.  

If you are interested, don't wait too long to enroll.  Only room for 6 students.

This is a private studio in the beautiful Napa Valley that requires you to PRE REGISTER HERE.  Once you become a member (which may take up to 24 hours) you will receive approval at which time you can review the material & supply list and enroll in the workshop by clicking: SIGN UP HERE

The sooner you enroll, the sooner you have your pick of the accommodations which you can arrange with Lisa Paul:  info@carneros-studios.com

WORKSHOP AGENDA

THURSDAY, JUNE 3

  • 6:00pm – 9pm: Meet the Artist Welcome Reception Wine & Appetizers View & Purchase Beth Marx creations

FRIDAY, JUNE 4

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Class with luncheon
  • 6:00 pm: Group Dinner with local Napa Valley chef

SATURDAY, JUNE 5

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Class with luncheon
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner on your own

SUNDAY, JUNE 6

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Class with luncheon
  • 5:00 pm: Departure









  • Click here for pics and a video of one of my prior vest workshops.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

About Face - First Felt of 2021


HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY ABOUT FACE BEING BOLD AND BRAVE. 

I'm calling my first felted piece of 2021 "ABOUT FACE" which seems very apropos in this new year.  A reversal of direction and a complete 180 from 2020 is what I wish and hope for this new year.  Not only do we need to put the killer Covid 19 pandemic behind us but we also need to change our attitudes, act civilly and do the right thing.  At a minimum wear a mask and get vaccinated when it's available to you and by all means support your local restaurants and shops. Be kind, strong, empathetic and loving.  My hope is for less chaos in our country and more working together to get the USA and the world back on track from our lost ways.  


My "About Face" felted neck warmer is also about women facing challenges and fears to go forward with fortitude and strength being the best woman you can be in this new year.   Several women's faces are abstractly incorporated in this felted piece along with my message of being bold and brave engraved in the form of free motion stitching.


This felted cowl was created with super fine merino wool roving, hand painted silks and other silk fabric, viscose, ramie, tussah silk, Kozo paper, free motion stitching and colored markers and paints.







A brand new start in 2021



Be bold and be brave!


Hand made felted pin with free motion stitching and beads


Some of the women's faces in the felted neck warmer: