Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Work


I have been interested in trees lately, especially as I have lots of brown/gray, hand spun, "thick and thin"
wool yarn from a friend.  I also had a piece of prefelt, dyed with eucalyptus during a
dyeing lesson (yes, it dyed this lovely rust color).   So, I created this "tree," more like a wisteria trained to a standard ("training to a standard" means to created a tree-like form, as can be done with roses).  Pretty thing, deserves a nice frame!
Keep needling!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dye It

I have been wanting to learn to dye my own wool to achieve the colors I want, especially greens.  A friend gave me a dyeing lesson last fall.  We used a plant from my garden to produce this color:

                                    Dyed roving and felt

What plant might it be?  Eucalyptus!  Some eucalyptus (you know, that gray-green tree) are only
marginally hardy where I live, but I love them and keep planting them.  The last one came down in a
storm, and I saved the leaves for a friend who is very skilled in natural dyes.  She boiled the leaves 
(very aromatic) outdoors, let the dye pot sit overnight, boiled it again, added the wool and soaked it 
until we had achieved the intense color above. Who'd a thunk it?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Finished!

My student, Katherine, finished the wet-felted landscape that she started just today.  Fabulous!

"Aspen"


Day 2 of Wet-Felting Class

More beautiful work from students in my wet-felted landscapes class!  Still have some finishing to do, but they are wonderful!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dreamscape

Another lovely work by one of my landscape felting students: I call it a "Dreamscape!"


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Model

This is a model for a class I am teaching on wet-felted landscapes, will update you about the class 


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wet Felted Landscapes



Some lovely work from the first day of my "Wet-Felted Landscapes" class.  We started with small
works to learn the process: next week, larger works!  My students rock!