Sleeping Beauty, not a Tale, but a Wrap

I’ve been on a felting roll lately (that’s my husband’s words). I was having a bit of a hard time working on the floor, because it kills my back, but I figured that by pausing from time to time to do a few stretches in between, I can still feel pretty good the next day after working on a large piece.

One of the benefits of selling wool is that I get to try them all on my own work. In particular, this blend was designed with the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise in mind. The mines are located in Arizona by the way.

I had dyed a few yards of pongee silk a few years ago, that until a few days ago, I couldn’t decide how to use it. It was one of those things that suddenly enters my mind and then the next moment, I find I’m immersed into a project with a solid idea of what I want to do. I like that!

To recreate the effect of the matrix that runs through some turquoise stones, I added thin lines of Bamboo Topaz. It also makes a nice contrast against the blue.

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Spinning, Dyeing and Spinolution Wheels!

I’m so glad that spring is almost here! It has been an unusually rainy season here in Northern California. It has been wet, windy and gray. I can’t wait for the sunshine to warm up my cold head.

I went to Dharma the other day to get some dyes that I needed and I also ordered a bunch of fiber stuff to gear up towards my dyeing sessions. I miss my dye pots! As soon as the weather warms up a little more and the ground feels a little more solid, I will be spending more time in my studio. On one of those stormy days, my car got stuck in the driveway when I went to pick up packages. I called AAA to rescue me. Thank you very much!

I’m rather out of most of my hand dyed fibers in the shop and I think it is about time to start restocking them.

I would like to officially announce that I’m a new Spinolution dealer. TA-DA! It just seemed like a logical move for me. I have owned my wonderful Mach I since the company launched their first spinning wheels. It has been my work horse wheel.

Mach III

For demonstration purposes, I will have the Firefly, (I’m beyond ecstatic about this electric wheel), the Pollywog (a great starting wheel) and my Mach I if you are thinking about trying any of them. If you are interested, just send me an email located on my contact section, or hop on over to my online shop for more info.

Patricia

Support your local artists! Shop local! Sunday November 27th

You are invited to the Windrush Farm Holiday Art Sale!!

Sunday November 27th , from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where? At Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

Once again, Mimi is hosting this wonderful event with local artists and crafters and she will have her outdoor oven baking delicious hand made pizzas, so make sure to come hungry! Mimi has invited me again to join the crowd and I will be bringing for sale my hand dyed wool and silk. Rain or Shine!!

Art Fair

 

Patricia

New Class!! Learn to make a hat!

Hello Makers! West County Fiber Arts in Sebastopol will be hosting once again a felting class! I hope you can join me on this new journey. I will be teaching a Hat Making Class using a resist that will allow to create shapes, textures and to add your personal and special touch to your project. I will show how to design a hat from scratch. We will be starting by making our own pattern using our own measurements. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

You will be surprised at how many options there are when designing a hat. Lately, I’ve been immerse into hat making just because it is fun and to also have a few examples to show to my students for inspiration.

Working on a hat

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Spiral Hat

This is a hat that was ALMOST a failure! It was meant to be a rose, but instead it became something weird that started to look like a lump. Or perhaps a nipple?

Lumpy Hat Lumpy Hat Lump go away!

I didn’t liked it at all! It looked somehow disturbing. So I decided to perform surgery with a pair of scissors. dsc_7769

This is much, much better. I’m thinking of adding some design elements with a sewing machine.

Rose Hat

As I said… This can be a journey! If you are interested on taking my class, follow the link below for more information and registration.

westcountyfiberarts

Patricia

First Annual Fiber Flea Market & Spin In!

Sunday, October 9th, 10am-4pm

Join us this Sunday for a day of fiber and fun!

At Windrush Farm in Chileno Valley
2263 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma, CA 94952

Shop from local vendors who will be selling carders, spinning wheels, roving, yarn, knit wear, and more. Bring your spinning wheel or knitting project, and join the spin in. There will be goodie bags for participating spinners. Don’t worry if you can’t bring your wheel, there will be extra spinning wheels and carders to use for the spin in.

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Bring a yummy dish to share at the lunch pot luck. The apple tree is full and needs to be picked, so bring a bag and take home some fresh apples.
It will be a fun day to do some shopping, spinning, knitting, and hang out with other fiber enthusiasts.

Looking forward to seeing you on the farm.

Check out Windrushfarm.wordpress.com for details.

Patricia

 

Color Palette – Pink Agate

I’ve been playing with making color palettes from random photographs. This one ended up on a colorway that I called Pink Agate (although the more I compare the picture with the crystals I have, this looks more like a Rhodocrosite):

PinkAgate

50/50 Merino Silk Blend

50/50 Merino Silk Blend

This is silk chiffon dyed for the feltmakers in mind.

Hand Dyed Silk Chiffon

Hand Dyed Silk Chiffon

They are both listed in my shop now for purchase ; )

 

Patricia