Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Here is the finished piece of felt. I decided to add a little bit of an organic shape to it, which I think works well. Now it is time to start hand stitching the lichens and rock texture. I am going to use the Sorbello Stitch, featured in one of Jan Beaney's monographs, for the lichens. I am also going to try using a variety of silk and wool threads and yarns to create that texture of lichens that I love so much. I will be posting my progress on this, as the weeks go by.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Click Here for the details of the show. The show will be up till August 29th, so if you are in the Fall River/New Bedford/Providence area, please stop by to see the exhibition.
Monday, June 01, 2009
I have finally finished handstitching my felt piece titled "Forest Floor" I love the subtle mark and surface it creates on the felt. In prepration for this being hung in the faculty exhibition at NEWS this July, I have ordered a custom frame that will be a deep maroon shadow box, with a warm rust piece of linen that I dyed to be applied on the mounting board. I'll post a picture of the final piece, when ready.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Here's the second of my felt pieces that uses my hand-dyed merino wool and dyed cheesecloth, which is laminated to the felt surface, during felting. I have added some hand stitching in the background to give it a rough, pebbly texture. To complete the piece, I will be doing some more hand stitching and loop embroidery to create some mossy areas.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Here is one of my newest felt pieces, titled "Forest Floor". I dyed the merino roving in numerous Fall colors, using WashFast Acid Dyes. Then I laminated some silk organza that I dyed with MX dyes, in leaf shapes. I love the mark that handstitiching gives and there is nothing better to stitch on but felt! I've added the stems on each leaf, with plans to stitch skeletion like leaf shapes in the background, for more depth and to complete the composition.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I love knitting lace and when Nancy Bush's latest book, Knitted Lace of Estonia, was published, I immediately was drawn to the Triinu Scarf. I dyed some Cormo/Silk roving from Barb Parry of Foxfire Fibers and did a small test gauge of my yarn for the pattern. I love how it came out. Now I just need to find time to do both my spinning and felting!
I love this sample, where a thin black and white cotton fabric was laminated to the black wool during felting. The surface is wonderful.
This week I will be posting two works in progress that will be part of the faculty exhibition at NEWS - New England Weavers Seminar, where I am teaching a Fundamentals of Dyeing workshop. Stay tuned to see some new felt.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Color blending was one fo the lessons in my workshop that really resonated with me. I love taking two diferent colors of wool and then blending them using my hand carders, to make a gradation from color A to color B. In this sample, I used rust and purple wool to make a narrow background, then I laid down the same gradation in the opposite directions, felting those little squares to the ground. The center squares best show a thin dark border, which was applied ny needle felting, to add detail.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
For this sample, I used my hand carders and blended a gradation using white to black Merino top. I then felted my sample with the lighter colors at the top, working to the darker values on the bottom. This produced a really rich piece, which I then did some free-motion embroidery on, thinking about interpreting tree back in felt.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I recently took a workshop, at North Country Studio Workshops, with one of my favorite artists, Lisa Klakulak, whose work in felt is absiloutely incredible. I am going to post my samples over the next few days.
After a lecture on color theory, I worked on blending gradations of wool, from color A to color B. Then, in this sample, I laminted some of my dyed silk/wool fiber to the surface. I love the texture that it created!
Sunday, March 01, 2009
After some fun shopping at L.L.Bean, among other shops in Downtown Freeport, we spent some time shopping at the vendors area. WOW! So much beautiful fiber to spin, knit and felt with!!!
Sereknity. One is 60% Superwash Merino, 30% Bamboo and 10% Nylon. I love how the bamboo fiber does not pick up the dyes for wool and adds some contrast to the fiber. I also got the same colorway, "Vineyard" in 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester to ply with the other.
I bought both of these from Spunky Eclectic. The roving on the left is 100% Blue Faced Leicester, which I absolutely love to spin. On the right are some silk hankies that I want to explore spinning and using in some felt.
This is Anne Hanson's new neckwarmer pattern called Hoarfrost and a skein of 50/50 Merino Silk dyed by Kim at The Woolen Rabbit. This pretty purple yarn is dyed in the Chocolate Chambord colorway.