Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Studio Tour

Last weekend spring showed it's smile and gifted us with an incredible three days. Countryside Artisans  hosted it's open studio tour with 15 stops and plenty of arts and crafts to choose from.

Dancing Leaf Farm was fully stocked with freshly dyed yarns.

Lots of yarn was on sale and Chirp had their vintage furniture set up under the tent.

I was letting go of some of my collection of Beth Piver jewelry.

Felted brooches

Hand dyed wool felt pieces

up cycled critters

felt coasters

re-imagained vintage necklaces

yarn from my sheep

New ribbon yarn made from vintage silk saris

Thanks to all who could make it out and enjoy our beautiful area. I'll be working hard the next few weeks as I get ready for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Fest.  


Krista and I spent hours and hours on snowy days this winter making these critters from her huge stash of felted recycled wool sweaters and vintage fabric.

The fabric base of these little monsters was salvaged from Krista's mom's table linens. Embellished with vintage buttons and up cycled Nordic type knitted sweaters.

We found this vintage floral fabric in a thrift store somewhere in our travels.

If you turn the previous critter upside down, it becomes this one. Reversible! One side is a rabbit, the other a cat. 'Cabbit' 


These critters are made from a piece I felted years ago from the wool from my sheep.

Houndstooth dog

We have many more critters in the works. I'll be listing these on etsy soon.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On Pins & Needles

I've been needing a little traveling needle case. Going back and forth to Krista's to make our critters, I'd forget needles, scissors and pins. So when Kathy of our felting group proposed making a felt needle holder, I said yes, yes.

We started out with a flat piece of prefect, placing a resist on the inside to form two flaps, like a wallet. Scissors can be tucked in to the pocket.

Kathy made a perfectly smooth, tightly felted holder.

 Bev added cutout prefect for embellishments. We were just making the outside cover this day, adding our pre made felt pages for the inside. 

This was the initial inspiration.

Grace's was a hot fuscia pink. She won't misplace this!

 Renata added silk fabric to the front of hers. You can't tell, but there's a beautiful feather pattern on the right.

Paige laid on wool yarn with bits of green between.

Renata had done this one previously. The stitching is done after it has dried. 

Roz is always our fastest felted and had already moved into hers as we were still felting.

More pages could have been added, but two pieces, making four pages seemed enough.

Zita sent me photos after she had embellished hers. 

So Zita-like!

group shot

I always take shots of things in the personal studios that catch my eye. This is recycled silk saris, torn to make yarn. This yarn works great for embellishing.

Zita's idea board in the background and one of her lovely silk shawls.

I liked how she had decorated her magazine storage files with squares of her felt. Loved the 'FUN' category! 

I really appreciate when we learn a technique that is so practical and we come away with a great project. This has already proved to be very useful. Thanks Kathy for a great tutorial. 
Can't wait to make more!