Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wet Felting

I do two kinds of felting: Wet felting and Needle felting.
Yesterday I showed you some pieces I knit and then wet felted using my washing machine.
I am going to share some others I’ve done in the past while you wait for me to finish this series of pieces I am currently working on.

One of the things I did was finish two felted purses. I made them several years ago but never attached the straps. I added the straps and it was so easy I don't know why it took so long.

I finished another felted bag. This one is slightly larger than my previous ones.

This is what it looked like before I felted it.
Before felting this measured 29 1/2 inches high and 24 inches wide. After felting it measured 21 1/2 inches high and 19 inches wide.

This sweater was the inspiration for the pattern on the bag.

These are the slippers I knitted and then felted. I forgot to take a picture to show you how big they were before I felted them. They are knitted with Noro Kureyon yarn.
For yarn to felt it must be 100 percent wool and not be treated to keep it from shrinking.
I do enjoy seeing what happens as this felts. There is no way of knowing exactly how much or how quickly it will felt. It is important to keep watching it as you do the felting process in the washing machine, taking it out and checking to see how far it has come.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Knitting, Felting

This may have been the longest time I have gone without posting to my blog.
I have been making things but haven’t been documenting them.
I find knitting to be one of the most relaxing things I can do.
In the foreground you see a Pod I knitted.
In the background a little tote that still needs the handles attached.
Laying flat is a small purse.
Each one of these was felted in my washing machine.
I put off felting them as I wasn’t able to use my top loader in the basement.
It has been said that things felt better in a top loader so I believed that.
I decided to use my Asko front loader and the results were amazing.
The fact that I can turn the water temperature up to 205 degrees is a big help.
In fact when I opened the machine and the temperature was 205 degrees I couldn’t even touch the pieces.
Yes, I do have to open, close, open, close, drain, rinse to make this work and stop the felting when appropriate.
I have to say I am quite thrilled with the results.
As I write this I have a scarf in the washer doing light felting.
I will be doing a lot more felting in the next week or so as I have many pieces ready to work on.
I only do one or two at a time as I need to make sure I can do what I need to so that they are properly shaped after washing.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Serendipitous Pouch For Olfa Cutter!

When I posted this and asked why it had such an unusual shape this was NOT the answer as I was creating it.
I had created a bargello rectangle and from it I cut the back of a vest. This was the small amount of patchwork that was left at the top. It had this unusual shape created by the cutting line for the shoulders and neckline.
I decided to just use as much of the leftover scrap as I could to make an irregular pouch.
When I shared it and asked if anyone knew why I made this unusual shape several people thought it was for my Olfa cutter. Once I thought about it, I decided it was the perfect shape to carry it and that is why you see the above photo.
I have such smart people reading what I share!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Can You Guess Why This Is Shaped Like This?

I made this bargello patchwork pouch today.
Can you figure out why it has such a unique shape?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In Full Bloom

My flower garden is now in full bloom with a riot of colors.
Green is natures way of setting off all the colors in a garden,
Stain glas window frame with basket of gazing globes
I love the colors of stain glass in this old window frame. It picks up the green of nature and also flows into the blues with red as accent.
red gazing balls with smoke plant
More red directly below the deck. The smoke plant is a nice variation of the red from the globes.
Red clear and maarbled bzing globe
On the other side of the sidewalk there is more red.
3 red mosaic gazing globes on deck
Red mosaic mirror balls on the deck.
pink gazing globes
A collection of pink gazing globes.
Variation in shapes is always good and these help unify the colors.
Brown balls and container
It’s always nice to have some neutrals to set off the glorious colors.
More neutrals to finish off this years back yard garden.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WHAT Do You Think These Are?

I wanted to do some knitting but even though I have lots of yarn to knit my special afghans I didn’t want to get “that” involved.
So I decided to knit some smaller “things”. I carried a color plan throughout the group.
Originally I hadn’t planned to knit this many but I was enjoying it so much!
So WHO know what these are of will be????

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Quilts Radiating From The Center

A majority of the quilts I made for my solo show Ice Tapestries and Shibori Quilts radiated from the center.
Long before I started making those quilts I found many of my most effective quilts radiated from the center.
I do find this interesting as I consider myself an asymmetrical artist and yet these are some of my favorite most successful quilts in my opinion.

It is amazing I ever finished piecing this quilt. I can't tell you how many times I lost/misplaced pieces of it and there was no more of the fabric available.
Yes, I am studying this quilt to decide how I would like to quilt it to enhance the design. That may take a while!

This could have been the entire quilt if I had not found all the pieces. It includes a lot of hand applique so it travelled with me to many different places.

It was my attempt to create this quilt in hand dyed fabric.

This is one of my most successful quilts and is a prize winning quilt. Everyone who sees it, quilter or not, stops, looks, studies it and comments.

Here is another work in progress. I am also waiting for it to tell me how to finish it! I am continuing down this center radiating path with my current ice dyes until I change course.Of course in addition to that I am working on finishing works in progress at this time.