Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nuno at The Green Goat Gallery

Not long ago we had a nuno-felting class at The Green Goat Gallery/Tranqwool Knitting Provisions

in Spencer, the girls made some beautiful scarves! They each started out with a hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf and merino wool fibers to harmonize, each gal choosing their own favorite colors. After laying out their fibers on their scarves, they tweaked their designs with some curly mohair fibers, bamboo and a bit of Angelina to add a touch of bling. Then they wet-felted everything together, and lastly, shrunk the wool to add the texture to their scarves. They really had me hopping at the end of the class but I was able to get a couple of pictures, absolutely gorgeous work, and I was so proud of each of them!

Double-layer Flower Class

Not long after the Pittsburgh show we had a fun flower class at The Fibre Studio in Charlotte, the girls made some gorgeous flowers! We had a big class, some had taken felting classes with me before, but we also had a few who had never felted before, they all did an amazing job. They really had me hopping to keep up, but I was able to get just a few pictures before everyone slipped out, and was really wowed by their success, beautiful work! Here are a few pics I was able to get but all the flowers were truly incredible.

Pittsburgh Quilt Market

Back in the spring I visited Pittsburgh and vended the Spring Quilt Market there, it was wonderful! I always love visiting Pittsburgh, and this trip was not disappointing: the show itself was fantastic, and we had a great time. I had an awesome response to my new #188 "Christmas Placemats" patterns, this might even overtake my last best-seller in sales, and we are not even into fall yet! And I met the nicest people at market, Sharon Holland who was the assistant editor for Quilt-it Today and Sew-it Today stopped by my booth a couple of times, it was great to finally meet her after working with her for the magazine and we had a great visit! Also had a nice chat with Tula Pink who loved my bunny ears fascinator and was sweet enough to model it for me in the photo shown. I was fortunate enough to meet some of the wonderful folks at Andover Fabrics and am working with them to bring some new styles to market using their incredible line of Downton Abbey fabrics, so exciting!  And of course I couldn't have done it without my good friend Patty (also shown in the photo), she always has such clever and creative ideas for display and is great company too. I'm so looking forward to heading to Houston for fall market in a couple of months!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Laura's Scarf

One of my very talented students was sweet enough to bring in her finished and dried Felted Ruffle Scarf to a class she took last Saturday, didn't it turn out gorgeous? She used a beautiful palette of autumn colors in hand-dyed merino enhanced with coordinating bamboo, silk, and curly fibers in our wet-felting class. Then when she got home and the scarf had dried, she embellished her work of art further by needle-felting soft green vines in the center, adding just the right touch!                        
I love the way this turned out, and thrilled that she brought it to the class so we could see it. I am always inspired and amazed at the special touches my students add to their class projects!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ruffle Scarf Class

Saturday we had a grand time at our felted ruffle scarf class at The Fibre Studio in Charlotte, what a great group of students we had! This time I grouped together fiber colors rather than make up kits per se, and the girls picked out their own silk prints and embellishments to enhance their scarves. They did an amazing job, too! With the ruffle scarf finishing around 5 ft. long, they had to do almost an 8-ft. layout of hand-dyed merino wool fibers, silk, bamboo, Angelina and other assorted goodies, and then massage and roll the fibers into a felted wool small feat in this one-day class. The girls worked very hard and their color choices were just gorgeous that they put together. I wasn't able to take a lot of pictures, but here are a couple, and I know they were all very proud of their work, their scarves were just beautiful!

Bunny Ears Fascinator

Made a new fascinator for Easter with removable bunny ears and some faux fur ribbon, this one might be my favorite! I wore it one day at the Savannah quit show and Patty said, oh, you need a little tag that says "I'm late! I'm late!" Maybe next year...anyway here is the hat, after Easter I'll remove the velcro-d in ears and wear it for spring!

Savannah Quilts

What would a quilt show be without quilts? And I could not have done it without my friend Patty, what a blessing she was with her companionship and also creative input. We really saw an amazing variety of talent at the show, here is just a sampling of the beautiful work on display.

 LOVE this quilt with its meandering dimension, at first I thought the little stuffed balls were felted! And then I thought, this would make an awesome felted piece, hmm...

 There was a beautiful exhibit from the Hoffman challenge there too, this was Patty's favorite piece above, the cicada purse! I liked this dimensional set shown below, what an imagination!

 Wow, the detail in this quilting just blew me away, wish I could do that!