I bought myself a new sketch pad that is in a book form rather then a flip pad. I decided I wanted to cover it in the way that Zed had last shown us here project-updates-2/
I am lazy and wanted to get to the decorating so I started with a piece of white prefelt. I didn’t take a picture of it but you can see it in the picture of attaching the cord farther down. This is the overall piece just wet down.
Here is a closer look at the flowers and the little resist I put in for a pocket. I want to be able to put a pencil eraser nd pencil sharpener in the cover. I used some of my handspun for the stems.
The area with the pocket will be cut off and sewn in to make the sleeve on one side of the book cover.
I flipped it over and started to layout the purple for the inside when I realised I hadn’t added the cord yet.
I made a hole and stuck it in.
Then I decorated the inside of the flap. I am not sure how this will work out but we will see.
Now all I have to do is find time to do the felting and sewing. Not sure where half the summer has gone already. How much felting have you done this summer?
In an attempt to find more storage I had to clear out some junk that should never been stored in the first place. I am sure everyone has some of this. While I was rummaging I found my old tiny needle felting machine. Its a small converted sewing machine. I had forgotten I even had it.
I used to have a larger one but I sold it when I moved more into wet felting hats and scarves. Instead of having a sponge pad for the needles to poke down into it had a plate with a hole for each needle. I really didn’t enjoy using it. You could hear the needles hitting the edges of the holes as you tried to move the fabric around. You need to move the fibers and base around slowly while needling to cover an area. I was always sure the needles were going to break and either jam the machine or fly. I didn’t want to have to wear safety glasses as I worked.
I have the big cityscape I made with the little machine framed and for sale. It has almost sold several times. With someone trying to decide between it and another piece and the other always went instead. One day it will find the right home. Today I would do more wet felting and less needle felting but all the little machine would probably still be the easiest way to place with the little windows. Not the best shot of it but I have no place to hang it or even lean it properly to take its picture. framed it is about 36 inches by 24 inches.
Anyway I am glad I found it . I think it will be useful for tacking things down and adding smaller pieces that tend to move around to much in the wet felting process. Of course part of that problem is me being impatient. I think I am going to see if I can make a better guard. I wonder if anyone I know works with clear plastic and I could maybe commission a clear guard attachment.
Last Sunday I went to the medieval for to be part of the demo at our local Medieval fair. It is always fun.
Here I am spinning some of the rolags I told you about in this post.
It looks like I was saying something very interesting to Bernadetts Who was carding on the hand carders and spinning on her wheel. She was Dressed as a Moorish house slave to some a Dutch family. She would not go get us Coffee though. 😉
In the picture above you can see Judy spinning on a medieval spindle and using a distaff to hold her wool. Below is a video of me trying to learn and not doing a good job.
Judy and Ann with distaff and spindles 07-09-17
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It’s a different action then using a suspended drop spindle like I usually do. You have to spin and control the spindle with your right hand and draft off the distaff with the left. My right wants to drift up and help my left draft. I need to practice much more. If you look at a medieval painting of spindle spinners you will see how they have one hand at there side and one up by the distaff.
We were close to the stage so we had entertainment most of the day. Here we are watching the dancers and musicians. but notice I am still demoing and not slaking off. Another great reason to use a spindle.
Then this happened, and we had to pack up quick as the heavens opened and we all tried to stay dry.
My second Quarter challenge is all finished. Better late than never.
After fulling the pot the design was almost completely gone.
I Got out my handy dandy disposable razor and gave it a good shave to get rid of the fuzzies. The design magically reappeared. A tiny bit of sun came out for the pictures. It has been raining and raining and raining here so not great pictures.
I finished felting the relief picture. The inside yarn didn’t feel a secure as I wanted so I went all around it with a felting needle before deciding how to reveal the encased yarn. I had originally planed to cut the darker green away but thought it might more like it occurred naturally if I shaved it.
I wanted it to look like a piece of something, a tablet or piece of cloth that had been dug up or found in grave goods. The colour is closest on the right hand one. the background is dark mass green and the picture is a lichen green. I tried to fix it but it just made it worse. I like it. I think I will frame it as is.
A while ago I saw some fused glass pictures and was inspired to make some summer beach pictures. I like the simple style of this type of picture. I spent a few evenings drawing and colouring pictures. I always forget how relaxing and fun colouring is.
I decided to do a seaside picture first as summer has just started. I used
I used all prefelt except for a little silk for the waves. I split the prefelt and cut it so it wouldn’t be too thick where they overlap. I tacked everything down lightly with a felting needle.
This is how it looked after felting once.
I forgot to take one after it was finished but I all became flat and slightly blurred. I decided to add some stitching
It gives it much more definition. you can see how flat and blurred the house and boat edges are. I was thinking of going around the house pieces and the boats. Maybe add some little grass tufts. and underline the waves in white. What do you think, should I add more stitching?
This week we’ve had some new arrivals. first was this lovely red Dexter heifer. born just before dark so the picture is of my son in the dark with my husband holding the flashlight.
Then we had some lambs.
This morning it was Chrissy’s turn. My hubby was going to feed the bottle lambs when he fount them. Lamb was up and dry. No problem bringing them in till Chrissy saw the bottles lying on the ground and was more interested in trying to get a drink then going in the pen with her lamb. Once a bottle lamb always a bottle lamb. she was to busy nibbling my coat to get in the picture herself.
I also washed some wool mostly it is still yucky with to much chaff in it. The brown looks ok and some of the white I can cut the curls from the felted base. The rest will end up as mulch. Free fleece is seldom usable fleece.
As you probably know we have decided to pick a different artists for our quarterly challenges this year. This quarter I have chosen Stewart Stephenson http://www.stewartstephenson.com/home He is a Canadian artist that has a large body of work in a variety of mediums and styles. I think there is something for everyone here.
He has a gallery in Vancouver British Columbia Canada
It says he did some sculptures but I couldn’t find any pictures. I even sent them an email asking about them but got no response. If you find some please share them with us. Have fun with this.
Don’t forget there will be a post over on the felting and fiber forum where you can ask questions, discuss and post pictures of what you where inspired to make.
Three of us made hats based on a hat in Judit Pocs video. It seems to be gone from the internet. It was mostly about making a rug. This is Diane and Susan( http://www.suzannetowns.ca/ ) sizing up a template.
They made their hats on the first day. They like a really firm hat so their scaled up the template and added more layers than I do.
Susan added come great colour and Dian used some resists to reveal some fabric on the layer underneath.
Diane added a string of small felted yarn balls to her hat. The parts that stick down were up to high so the pulled them down and twisted them to get them in a better position.
On the second day I did my hat. I adjusted the pointy parts so they would be lower. and left the pointy top smaller.
I should have used a different colour yarn for the embellishments. The colour was much to close the hat colour.
Dian made another hat on the second day. I didn’t get any pictures of it in progress. the template was like witches hat.
I have to give one of these a try. I like the way it is folded in on itself.
Last week end a friend Dianne Lemire and I went down to our friends Maureen Harding’s place for a felters weekend. Another friend Susan came on Friday to felt with us. It is so much fun to spend a week end with other people that love to felt.
I wanted to make a new little purse to use at shows. First I did a black one with a nice blue silk inside and a pocket. For the design on the flap I balled up some peices of orange silk and wound them up with thread to keep them in a ball.
I used a piece of black prefelt to cover them. Then some silk roving to make them look more like a swirl. I used a scrap of commercial prefelt but you could make a piece of your own. Once it was dry I cut the tops off the raised peices to reveal the bright colour underneath.
This is the inside with the pocket and you can see I added an orange nuno swirl that is hidden by the front flap.
Black is great but I decided I needed something brighter as well so I went with a multi coloured roving in orange.
I added a pocket to this one too. Here you can see I forgot to add soap to the water and it sits on the wool in beads. I think its a cool picture.
I used the flat glass “marbles” that they sell for decorating instead of silk balls this time. You can really see the out line of the marbles on the inside of the flap
I made a long snake to use as a strap. It is long enough to wrap around my waist or use as a shoulder bad depending on what I am wearing. I will put some grommets in the ends and 2 on the back to thread the rope through.
The holes I cut to reveal the marbles are not very big. I think I will probably enlarge them. I will post a picture when the grommets are in and the holes are bigger.
I will show you more form our felting weekend in my next post.