Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Handspun Aeolian Shawl

Here is another one of my finished projects, the Aeolian Shawl knit with my merino handspun. This has to be my most favorite project yet! I love the pattern and adore how it turned out! Click the image to see a larger view of it.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Handspun Lacy Baktus

Handspun Lacy Baktus, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

Earlier this year I spun this roving and finally got around to knitting with it. The Lacy Baktus pattern is the perfect companion to a precious handspun, because you can knit and utilize all of the yardage, without the fear of running out.

Calvert Cardigan

Calvert-2, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

I have got to be the world's worst blogger. LOL!!! However, I have been knitting like crazy this Fall. This is my latest cardigan, called Calvert - a pattern published by Berroco last year.

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Felt

I am back to my studio after numerous weeks of finishing up odds and ends, as well as moving to a new apartment. I discovered this picture during a workshop held at PRO Chemical & Dye two weeks ago. One of the students, Liz Anderson, brought it for a source of inspiration to dye fabrics. Well, I saw it and immediately asked if I could make a copy of it, to use as inspiration in my work in felt. I absolutely love the compostion and glorious colors!

I was very lucky to have had all of these fibers in my stash. I gathered a variety of merino wool, dyed cheesecloth, china silk and silk chiffon to create my felt.

Here is my interpreation of the lichens laid out on bubble wrap, ready to felt. I used cheesecloth dyed orange with MX dyes, silk chiffon dyed in greys with WashFast Acid dyes, and china silk dyed in a chartreuse with MX dyes.

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

Northeast Feltmakers Guild Exhibition

Well, it's been a while since I last posted, however I have been busy. I entered two of my new felt pieces in the Northeast Feltmakers Guild Exhibition, held at ArtWorks! in New Beford, MA. We had our opening reception on Saturday, July 25th. A good turnout exposed our viewers to the world of felt, both 2D and 3D.
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

Forest Floor - detail

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.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lichens and Moss

Lichens Moss, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

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

"Forest Floor" - in progress

Forest Floor, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

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

Handspun Triinu Scarf

Triinu Scarf, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

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!

Felt - Texture Study #3

03 14 09_1502, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

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

Felt - Texture Study #2

03 14 09_1499, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

This sample shows china silk that was laminatd to my wool during the felting process.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Felt - Texture Study #1

03 14 09_1504, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

I love how this laminated sample of cloth to felt, resembles some of the lichens that I see when I go hiking in the woods. I'm planning to do a larger size eventually.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Handspun Aeolian Shawl

Aeolian Shawl, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

Here's the beginning of my shawl. I love how it is coming out! There's a slight variefation in the yarn, but it makes a rich knitted lace. Come back often to see my progress.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Handspun Wool

Handspun_1, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

I have also been spinning some yarn to knit the Aeolian Shawl, found in the current issue of I have 540 yards to use for the smaller shoulderette version. Check back soon to se the progress on my shawl.

Color Blending sample

Color Blending sample, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

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

Felting - color blending

Felting - color blending, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

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

Laminted Silk on Wool

Laminted Silk on Wool, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

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

2009 Spa-Knit-Spin

Well, once again I have let a long time lapse in between my posts. However, I will report today on my first experience at Spa-Knit-Spin, held in Freeport, Maine. My sister, Sue, joined me for this relaxing weekend. We started out by having a pedicure, manicure and eyebrow waxing at Salon Freeport. I highly recommend their services if you are in the area!

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!!!

I got these two dyed rovings from 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.