Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Gift

I had to wait to post this until after the gift was given, a college-mascot pillow for a beloved family member!  Boy, this was fun to make.  I first did a free hand "sketch" of the mascot on wool.  How do you sketch in wool?  I simply laid the wool out in an outline, and loosely needled it in (so it could be easily removed and re-positioned).  Then, I loosely needled in all the details and began to really work on it.  As you can see, the mascot is mostly black. I added black and dark gray Coopworth curly locks to give some dimension to what otherwise would have been one flat dog.

I felted onto polyester fleece, and used fleece for backing.  I usually do this for pillows, as the fleece is softer than wool felt.

Have a Happy New Year!  Keep crafting!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Some sweet work by my needle felting students!

 Holiday cards, a "crazy" doll, an angel, Santa, poinsettias and more!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Classes Coming!

I am teaching two classes in the new year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, "Hearts and Flowers" and "Felted Landscapes."  Should be fun!  Make a rose for your sweetie or a pretty landscape wall hanging, pillow or other decorative item.

Here are some recent works related to these two classes:

A variety of traditional and free-form flowers, some on silk.

And a work in progress:

"Tree of Life" wall hanging, to be framed.

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