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 [...]

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 available in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Evergreen Felt Houses

 This week I finished up some pieces for donation to the Evergreen Independent School in Cobble Hill.   It was so fun making the little home for a gnome! I first made these to sell last fall, and never got any pictures taken of them. Probably because I made them while camping, out in the [...]

Salt Spring Island Story Scarves

  It's been a super busy few weeks...I should really just stop saying that...as it seems to be perpetual! I am working on my time management and work vs relaxation balances!   Three articles for Living Crafts complete, application submitted for ArtCraft, lovely visit with my Mother in Law, completion of a new knitting pattern [...]

Salt Spring Island Dye Walk 1

  This has been a weekend full of activity (already!). Social time, new classes and studio openings. Planning, organizing, drawing and thinking. Hill walking, garden walking and beach walking. We are finally waking up to the longer days and feeling their potential to be out and active well into the evening hours.   Yesterday I [...]

76 Children

  I had a great time last week visiting the Evergreen Independent School.  I spent a full day there, working with one of the parents, Andrea, teaching 76 children how to make felt. Oh ya!  It was a little wild and a little exhilarating!  We had the day very well planned, with the classes organized [...]

Gratitude Gifts

In 2011 I aspire to make one gift a month for someone special; for a maker in my life that makes for others and may not always receive handmade, and/or for someone who gives willingly, without a thought or expectation. For March, I made for a friend of many years. Jenny Walker is a talented [...]

Anemone Felt Scarf

  I was inspired by my tidal pool walk on Monday and found I had both some new fibre on hand plus some free time to just play with felting.  When I bought the beautiful sea colour blend cashmere at FibresWest, I knew I wanted to felt a cowl with it. Teaching the surface design [...]

Monday Inspirations 9

 Today it's all about Anemones. Yes, those little sea creatures whose name, once you can say it, is just so fun to say, you have to repeat it!  They are so soft and delicate- flowers of the tidal pools.  The colours within them are so interesting. The predominant ones here, on the edges of this [...]

FibresWest!

  We're back! And Ohhhh! We had so much fibre fun! Well, I should only speak for myself really, but Graham did have a good time talking wool with the ladies while I was teaching my classes, and the boys were so helpful, setting up and taking down displays, making hangtags, doing emergency woodwork, and [...]

Design Challenges

I realized something about myself today. I love to do anything, as long as there is a creative design challenge involved. We've just bought a one acre property on Salt Spring Island BC, which has a 1971 trailer home on it. It had been the home to a long term smoker. It didn't have a [...]

Monday Inspirations 8

Ah! Spring! A great season for inspiration and motivation! I walked around our property today, watching for new plant life....looking closely to see who I might have missed, hiding in the dead leaves and undergrowth. The colour collection is surprisingly diverse. Today's walk is about stopping to take a break; paying attention to small details; [...]

Felted Purses

  I've had some interesting motivation to make fun felt recently. Writing this blog for one! Writing the Monday Inspirations really is helping me to focus and keep my thinking involved, but a bit above the actual piece at hand. I've also been playing with textures while planning for my Surface Design Class coming up [...]

Monday Inspirations 7

Grasses; their forms, stories, colours and patterns....I love the tussock grass patterns. The way they stand up and above the low grasses; the colour in their stems, and the random patterning of the clumps over the fields. These grasses inspire me to keep my designs asymmetrical; to infuse a random nature into my patterning; to include [...]

Indigo blues

What a fabulous weekend!It started with beautiful sunny weather, and a viewing of Who Does She Think She Is?, a documentary on women artists and motherhood.  www.whodoesshethinksheis.net  So much of what was said resonates with me. We have a need to be creative, and also have chosen to be available to meet the needs of our [...]

Making Prefelt Tutorial at Living Crafts

 Living Crafts is featuring a tutorial I have written on making your own prefelts. If you've ever been curious about prefelt, or just would like to find out more- head over for a visit to the Living Crafts Blog  and say hello! These are so easy to make- and add so much to your felting [...]

Purple Days

 It is all about PURPLE these days. Sometimes color just happens that way! This purple session has been building every since I wrote about RED.  As much as I am in love with that color, and that wool roving, immediately after writing about red, I started to think about purples, so I guess the idea [...]

Storytelling Carpet

  We had a fantastic workshop on Sunday at Serenity Cove Children's Centre. Such a beautiful setting in the Cowichan Valley, right on Shawnigan Lake. Lucky children who get to come to such a beautiful place, and spend time with our beautiful host, Ocean! Such a calm and grounding force she must be!   We started [...]