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.

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?

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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.

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Patricia

Felting Class in Sebastopol

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location:
West County Fiber Arts
3787 Ross Road
Sebastopol, California

Tuition: $120

Get ready to be immersed into a fun and exciting class where creativity and imagination has no limits. This is going to be a fun and rewarding class. Mistakes are a plus!”

For more information and for signing up please visit the website:

West County Fiber Arts

Patricia

 

How about more blue to start the year with?

Every time I have a new project I try to learn something new from the process… Or at least I try to teach myself something new. There is always a story behind each piece.

Nuno Felted Coat: Wensleydale Wool, Merino, Uzbekistan Silk, Deer Antler Buttons with Indigo.

Indigo Coat

Indigo Coat with Wensleydale Locks Collar

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Patricia

Collars for Marcia

I made a beautiful collar for another Mother of the Bride. She lives in Maryland and it happens that she also raises Border Leicesters which have been used to create the collar below:

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The brown collar was made with Wensleydale lambswool from JoAnn in Occidental, CA and then dipped in an Indigo Vat to get a blue background.

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I swear I can’t ever get enough of these curls.

Patricia