Yesterday morning I started the day by showing a friend Leonie how to make three dimensional stars using 1.5m strips of coloured paper! These are great strung as a garland or hung individually from the tree as Christmas ornaments. We chatted over a cup of coffee and before Leoine left she gave me a lovely present of some home make star cookies (very appropriate!) which her girls had make. They are all eaten now, thanks Esme and Nessa!
I spent a happy afternoon felting a stripy ‘man’ scarf for a friend’s Christmas present and followed this by stringing some simple necklaces with commissioned ceramic buttons as the centre piece. Because I wanted the scarf to be very soft and warm I used both merino and a merino and silk mixture which I had carded myself in the stripes. I laid out the fibres crossways practically the whole length of my big table and proceeded to felt. Never having made a striped scarf before (amazing that when I think about it!) I possibly should have laid some of the fibres in the opposite direction as well. Everything felted perfectly but the scarf got longer instead of shorter, much longer in fact!! Anyway, Martin is tall and the scarf feels wonderful wrapped a couple of times around the neck, I hope that he likes it.
The buttons that I used for the necklaces (initally intended for felt necklaces and bags!) were commissioned from Hillary Jenkinson, a talented maker working from a studio in the Demanse Yard at Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. It is well worth a trip to Castlecomer to visit this yard, in addition to the craftspeople’s studios and workshops there is a well stocked restaurant, a history of coal museum, beautiful parkland to walk in and a brilliant kid’s playground. Each of the buttons is a one off and I think that they look great with the crocheted cream cotton beads that I made ‘a la Sigrid Bannier’ and some simple wooden or glass beads. You can check them out on my Flickr photostream and the necklace above is actually on sale through my Etsy shop. This is where the frustration sets in …. I had intended to put loads of felted items and these new necklaces on my shop this morning but the battery on my camera just limits how many things I can upload in one session. I had thought that they would make lovely pressies and was pricing everything between E10 and E20 but after 4 hours I have only managed to get 4 items up, aghhhhhhhh. Anyway, here is a picture of one of the necklaces and it is priced at $20 which equals E14.16 if anyone is interested!