Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wooly Flower Basket Class

This week I placed my order of hand-dyed Valdani threads for my Wooly Flower Basket Class I'll be teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Feb. 27. I love how their variegated pearl cotton adds just the right vintage touch to my woolfelt basket of hand-dyed flowers! The colors of their thread enhance the dyed flowers and leaves perfectly, and they have so many beautiful hues to choose from. My students are going to love learning these fun hand stitchery techniques using their thread.
 I ordered several colorways of the pearl cotton so my students can have choices, lavenders, vintage rose, orchid, teal. I can't wait to see the spin my students put on this project! I'll be teaching how to make the hand-dyed flowers from heathery shades of Woolfelt and also how to make the sweet little Woolfelt basket. We'll also learn some fun decorative stitchery embellishments. The basket is perfect for holding fresh or silk flowers, folded napkins, scarves, Easter eggs, all sorts of things! I'm so looking forward to teaching this fun class this year.

Sawtooth Scarf-dyeing Party!

We had a very special scarf-dyeing class at Sawtooth last weekend - a girls' night out birthday party! What fun we all had dyeing silk scarves, trying out different tying techniques and using resists on chiffon and habotai fabrics.
The lucky birthday girl was so blessed to be surrounded by her friends (organized by her mom, who also brought special refreshments), and all the girls made some absolutely gorgeous scarves. Here's a pic of the lucky group, I think we all had a great time!

Friday, January 29, 2016

My Fiber Exhibit at The Enrichment Center

I was so honored to be recommended by Sawtooth to participate in a fiber and fused glass art exhibit at The Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem! This is such a wonderful center that offers classes for adults with disabilities, giving them an opportunity to not only learn life and artistic skills, but to earn income with their art as well. The students have created beautiful fused glass and indigo-dyed textiles for the exhibit; my fiber art, quilts and wearable art will also be on display and much of it for sale. Grand opening is tonight, Jan. 29 from 5-7 pm, 1006 S. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC. The exhibit will run for 2 months, please visit if you get the chance! Here are a few photos of some of my work, and also the students' indigo work.
 I had so much fun creating this Nuno-felted Scarf, a class I often teach as well.
 Felted soaps with a "built-in loofah", very usable and last a long time, also a Sawtooth class.
 Lots of felted accessories in the jewelry case, representative of several of my classes.
 Some of my wearable art that is on display.
Beautiful indigo-dyed textiles created by Lindsay's students in the art department at the center.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

25-year Anniversary Fascinator Contest Winner!

We have a winner for our fascinator contest!
 Wendy's beautiful green beaded fascinator, love her choice of colors and beading!
 Wendy used the yummiest textures and hues on this autumn fascinator, gorgeous!
Wendy's prize included Woolfelt, fibers, notions, patterns, kits and more!

Wendy Buettner of Virginia was the lucky recipient of 25 items from our company including patterns, kits, fibers, notions and more. Wendy submitted these 2 beautiful fascinator photos she made using our #175 "Fascinator Fun!" pattern, I love them! She really stretched her creativity with this dimensional autumn rendition, and I love the colors and embellishments she used on the green one - my fave color! Wendy took my fascinator class at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival a couple of years ago and made a gorgeous hat in that class, she really went over the top with these 2. Congratulations Wendy, hope you're enjoying your goodies in all this snow!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Wool Beads Class at Sawtooth

We had a grand time in our Wool Beads class at Sawtooth last Saturday! I was so honored to have a family spending part of their special weekend in our class, they made some beautiful jewelry too. Also enjoyed Cat as always, she is such a joy and blessing in my class and life. And a new student Jane, a spinner like Cat and Suzanne...who knew? I'm looking forward to sharing techniques on silk scarf dyeing, nuno-felting, and yes fiber dyeing in 2016!The group made some gorgeous pieces, here are a few photos of some of their work.
Cat made these beautiful earrings, I love the variety of colors and sizes she used, and some of them match her scarf she made in our last nuno-felting class!
 3 generations wearing their gorgeous pieces, they really did an incredible job and had fun too!
 I love the combination of fibers with the glass beads that Jane chose, so unique!
 Berkeley did an amazing job felting her beads and was such a fast learner, and a natural model too!
Wet-felting their wool fibers into wool beads, hard to believe they start out the size of golf balls!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Nancy's Fascinator entry

There are only 3 more weeks to get your entry into our 25-Year Anniversary Fascinator Contest! The lucky winner will receive 25 items from our company to celebrate your patronage, including patterns, kits, notions, fibers, all kinds of goodies! All you have to do to enter is send us a photo of a fascinator you have made from one of our fascinator patterns: #175 "Fascinator Fun!", #190 "Downstairs Fascinator", or # 195 "Holiday Fascinator". Each entry will be included in a drawing the first of January, 2016, to receive the grand prize; contest is over at midnight Dec. 31, 2015. Check out Nancy's adorable hat she made from our #175 "Fascinator Fun" pattern! Nancy is so talented, she starts with our woolfelt which she hand-dyes to add even more color and pattern. Then she cuts shapes and adds stitchery using her gorgeous hand-dyed threads, I just love her work. Good luck with the contest Nancy!

Monday, December 7, 2015

I was inspired!

I was so inspired by my felting students, I had to create a new nuno-felted scarf of my own. I had planned to sell it at Sawtooth, but I think I'll hang onto it for a while to inspire my future students, I really love how it turned out! I started with a sort of raspberry/orchid hand-dyed silk scarf, and added the orange flowers and my favorite shade of green leaves and vine. Yellow and orange bamboo fibers and wool neps were used to add texture and dimension to the oversized blossoms, and bamboo and curly fibers enhance the leaves. Theses sun-shiny colors make me happy just to look at them!