Friday, April 29, 2016

my happy world


I've had this chippy old enamelware cup for some time now. It originally housed a small plant, then later became a scoop for the laundry detergent. Lately it had been languishing in a cabinet, unused.
Last weekend I plucked it out and began needling.
I had seen the talented Mimi Kirchner's tiny world pin cushions a long time ago, which are housed in vintage teacups and thought they were so sweet.


I'm more suited to a chippy enamelware cup than a pretty teacup though.
So I made my own world in a cup, and it's definitely my kind of place.
There's a garden in the back yard.


And sheep. Of course there are sheep.



I suppose it could act as a pin cushion, but I think instead it will sit on my desk and make me happy.

Cheers!

Happy Weekend, all.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

making faces



I was working on an idea for a class the other day. I wanted to make some little figures inspired by the little children that help nature get its start in the spring...root children, blumenkind, bulb babies...

I ended up with simpler features on the final pieces, but not before making a few faces first.


I was fun to watch the features on these little faces change as I needled into them. I've never done faces before, but I can see the appeal.




These little flower pot children have landed in my shop, and a class for beginning needle-felters will be coming soon.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

an otter class

I'm doing a private lesson for a young girl this week who loves otters.
I wanted to make a project that would be simple enough for her that will end up looking somewhat like an otter.

I hope this fits the bill.

I thought he was so cute that I did a little photo shoot with him on his very own beach. 


I taught another (not an otter) class last weekend, my first in quite some time. I could tell I had been out of the saddle for too long as the class went far longer than its allotted time frame, something I try to avoid. The students were really wonderful, and most didn't mind the extra time, but clearly I need to get back into the swing. It's something I really enjoy so I hope to do more of it sooooon.

p.s.
During the otter photoshoot I noticed a pair of giant water bugs mating in the water and learned a lot about water bugs mating practices during the subsequent google search. Fascinating.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

a blue stone




A blue stone as repayment to a friend for kindness rendered.
Deep, strong, beautiful blue for someone who shares those attributes.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

marks and colors

Something new, totally off my normal track. Permission to play, the company of arty friends, and a workspace full of fiber art supplies lent itself to experimentation with thickened dyes on cotton, and deconstructed screen printing.






Clearly the "less is more" concept escapes me but I do really like some of these marks and colors. I don't know how I'm going to use these swatches of fabric quite yet, but the process was fun.

Happy First Day of Spring, all!

Monday, February 22, 2016

dryer ball kits for beginning needle felters


I put together some kits for those wanting a dead simple introduction to needle-felting.
Using only natural undyed wool, dryer balls help to reduce drying time when using a clothes dryer. They're good for those that are sensitive to dyes and perfumes, and though not advertised for this purpose, they make a fun play ball for kids too, as long as those kids are old enough not to take a bite and get a mouth full of wool.


The kit contains:

Full instructions
3 felting needles
A reusable felting mat
Core wool
3 colors of natural wool for the outer layer

Each kit makes 3 balls about the size of a tennis ball.

They're in my shop.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

but they're cute helpers


Home from work a little late, trying to take some photos outside in an effort to catch the light before the sun goes down completely. Not ideal, but I needed a photo of this piece in order to apply for a show.

I got a couple done and then...



Reality.
Reality comes with helpers.





(claw claw claw on my thigh to get my attention)
I had to bribe them with a piece of lunch meat so I could finish taking pics.

They've trained me well.




Monday, February 15, 2016

thank you


Thanks all who took home a stone yesterday, who had a look, who helped spread the word, I'm so grateful.

For those that missed out, I hope to have an offering for you soon.



Saturday, February 13, 2016

shop update Feb 14 2016 at 10am


I'll have a shop update on Sunday morning, Valentine's morning in fact.
I'm planning to push the go button at 10am Central time (that's Chicago time)
If you are interested, you can find the shop HERE.
Thank you!





















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