Felting with Wool Locks

Mmmmm…I’ve been wanting to work more with wool locks and felting…I got to play a bit with this with some new pieces I’ve been making for WinterCraft.

This is the layout for two scarves. I love laying out the layers of white. It’s so serene amd perfect.  There is an underlayer of fine merino, then I […]

felt experiments

I have been  working, working, working in the studio recently, and will fill you in on all the details but in an effort to get back into the swing

of things here, a few playful pictures of one of today’s projects:

Using different breeds of sheeps wool in balls and layers to create this awesome surface texure. […]

Uplifting Gifts…

  I just received a package in the mail…a lovely package sent for no particular occasion…just to make me feel happy! What a great surprise and a truly uplifting package it is..both because of the potential of the materials inside and also because of the sweet intention of the sender… my felt friend Heather WoolLove.

 Oh […]

Peace Dove 11-11-2011

This is a project of time and meditation…an idea that sprang into being and had to be made..and although not in accordance to the timing anticipated, maybe the right timing in it’s own way.

This is my PeaceFelt project. I was completely set to start making this on September 23rd, to be mailed on […]

Indigo Shibori at Maiwa Symposium

  I ‘ve just returned from my mystery trip! And what an adventure it was! I had two events to attend- The Green Festival in Los Angeles with Living Crafts magazine and then an Indigo Shibori Workshop at Maiwa in Vancouver.
  I don’t have any pictures from my time in LA, unfortunately. We did set […]

Eco Dyeing October 2011

Hi all, 

It’s been ages since I’ve been felting, and I have so many projects I want to get to- lots of woolly experimentation coming soon…… as soon as I get back from a little trip (fibery work trip-yay!) that I’m going on on Thursday. That’s all a little ephemeral and dreamlike…a big adventure…and so I’m […]

Wool Breed Experiments-East Friesian Wool

 I had a lovely visit in the studio this week with local artist, Laura Kiel. She works in both ceramics and felt and will be teaching some felt making at a local school. She came by for some ideas and to make some things together. It was wonderful to meet her, make some felt, chat […]

A tale of two scarves

  I had my first studio visitors a few weeks ago. The studio is still not finished, but that is another story, and Eva and her friends were very keen to come by…It was so delightful to have people come to my own space, talk to them a little about what I do, show them […]

Wooly Headed….

  I’ve been having quite the misadventure during the last few weeks since my full moon indigo dyeing post!

  I was gearing up, finishing the studio, to be ready to open my space for October 1st. For an Open Studio, Community Felting event, and to celebrate Felt United. Such plans…long lists…and lots of work underway!  […]

Full Moon Indigo Dyeing

  For at least a month, maybe two, I’ve been holding the idea of Full Moon Indigo resist dyeing. Somehow indigo and the moon feel connected…is it in the colours of the night, turning cloth from moon white to evening sky blue? The lunar relationship to water and tides, and the necessity of water for […]

Studio Floor-finished!

  Creating this dedicated workspace to make it as inviting, comfortable and inspiring as possible has been a wonderful challenge! It is becoming a space where I want to spend every available minute, and invite others to spend time with me here, also!

 This is a corner (back right) that has me a bit confused…it feels […]

Flag Folding and Dyeing Scarves

  I dyed this scarf using the traditional flag fold. I don’t yet have pictures of how to make these folds, but I think I’ll do some this week and add them here.

  I folded the scarves in half along the length and folded them up in triangular sections.

 First dip was into the yellow dye […]

Accordian Folding and Dyeing Felt Scarves

  I started out with one idea on the new felt scarves I am making…but ended up going somewhere completely different! Those initial design ideas will incubate for a few days, while I work on this new direction!
  I started by felting a superfine merino fiber into silk habotai scarves. The fiber is so luscious […]

Felting, felting, felting today!

Yay! I’m back to work at my felting table- altough it is outside of my studio, and not in it! I love my new floors so much, I’m reluctant to move anything inside!

Today I’m finishing some orders for wool lights…

I love these…wool and lighting in combination is so warm and enchanting.  I have a whole […]

Flying Felties Tutorial at Living Crafts

We enjoyed chatting, playing and creating with some young visitors this summer. It was such a pleasure to have some little people around, and their parents!

One day we made these Flying Felties together, an easy to make felt toy that my sons all loved to use years ago (and still did this summer!).  

 The tutorial is […]

Studio Colours

Wow! We’re almost finished rebuilding the studio!

 This looks a little messy, as it’s still very much a construction site and has not been all prettied up. I’ll do before and after session once we are truly “after”!

The ceilings are whitewashed exposed rafters.
The floors are just 3/4 inch ply wood…simple and inexpensive, and not good one […]

Living Crafts Magazine/Kattikloo Giveaway

  Last year I designed a wedding shawl for the spring issue of Living Crafts magazine.

It is such a special project. The shawl is knit in two halves, with the families of the bride and groom each knitting a side, which is then joined with an entwined lace centre panel.

  A Living Crafts reader, […]

Summertime Roadside Attractions

I love taking some time to as I drive from place to place, errand to errand, to observe a prevalent feeling or observation during the journey.

This weeks meanderings ventures into pinks…the predominent roadside color these days here on the island.

I parked and walked and snapped photos and observed…just taking a few minutes, in between […]

Wool Giveaway Winner!

Hi everyone!

I just used the random number generator at Random.org and the winner is…..

Number 10! And that would be Ronnie in Australia from Homemade Happy!

 Please send me an email, Ronnie, with your mailing address and the wool play pack will soon be winging its way to you!

 Thank you all again for your comments! I loved […]

wool share!

I received the most wonderful package in the mail yesterday!

 I entered a giveaway on Heather WoolLove’s blog, Wool Love- functional fiber art. Heather is a marvelous feltmaker and very sweet person. I’m so enjoying getting to know her!
She was giving away some of her handspun yarn, and I won some-Yay!
And now it’s here…a treasured package….you […]

one year ago today…

  I spend a lot of time sorting through pictures on my laptop…they get stored in a really odd way….day, month, year, which makes it hard to find things sometimes…but with 3 years of photos to go through,  lately I’ve been having fun with this. Looking at this day, last year, the year before…where was […]

Dreaming of…Walled Gardens

This is…oh…was (recently sold) walled garden of a good friend.  I had never really spent time in one before…and they truly are magical spaces. The mass of the stone blocks out the rest of the world….except for whatever is living within the walls…and this takes on a special life…the scents are more fragrant…the conversations more […]

Traveller Scarves

 We have visitors coming who we met while in New Zealand….way back when…It’ll be so lovely to reconnect with them, and of course their visit takes us back to places shared when our children were small…. and all these thoughts led to these scarves in a subconscious way.

 I started with making two simple nuno felted […]

More Storytelling Scarves…

  This week held lots of felting frustration, and sore tired upper arms…lots of smelly raw wool..exciting ideas and exhaustion…but that is not for todays chat! 
Just some simple dyeing…and felting….

  Silk habotai eco printed with these stunning St John’s Wort flowers we have growing everywhere on our property, onion skins I’ve been saving…and saving..and forgetting […]

Colour!

 

Oh! What a gorgeous and sunny and lovely day.  A great day for dyeing lots of local merino wool rovings….I’m just going to post the pictures today…soak up the sunshine and colour! Yum! I feel some sweet and soft children’s projects coming on!

 Mmmmmmm…I feel fibre nourished already today! These are all […]

Monday Inspirations 11

  Or…Monday Inspiration 1 revisited!
  It has been an invaluable experience for me to write to Monday inspirations series. It has given me a record of material to draw on for my own work and in reflecting last week on how sometimes I am not looking for new inspirations, I came to a better understanding […]

This week in the felting shed…

  Oh Yay! It’s Thursday afternoon, before a holiday Friday, and my felt making for ArtCraft is all complete for the week! My wool felt storytelling bags like these…
…have been selling really well (as well as the scarves and earrings) at the summer show I’m taking part in, so I needed to get some […]

Monday Inspirations 10

I haven’t written one these for a while. Some days I am just not that inspired. Some days I just need to finish (or start) the list….make food for the family…maintain peace with a house full of three adolescent boys…. I always make things, and love doing it….I sometimes just can’t see past the day […]

Nuno Felt Dress

 Last week I needed to find something to wear to the opening night of ArtCraft. I was imagining finding something cottony and simple at the local thrift shop that I would felt into. Then I saw an image of a lovely felt dress made by Linda Borkamo, and knew this was just what I wanted […]

Yard Sale Treasures1

  This weekend I went out to my first yard sales on Salt Spring Island, on a delightfully guided tour with my friend, Amy Melious. I haven’t done much yard saleing since my sons were small. Maybe because we’ve been building houses, and traveling, so hardly ever had anywhere to store anything and items brought […]