Out of time …..

Loads to update you on from the Knitting and Stitching Show, book launch, felt brooches etc, but no time until tomorrow, sorry!

Felting crazy, I’m having a busy few days but who’s counting?

I’ve been felting a lot, working on a comission and trying to finish some pieces over the last few days.  Today I have also had to finalise my presentation for the Crafts Council (promoting a craft business through social media, to be delivered at the RDS tomorrow), been to Cushendale Woolen Mill, filled up the truck, been to the bank, taken some pictures and uploaded 6 brooches to my Big Cartel store.  I’ve also taken the decision to change the default currency in the store to Euros.  This is an effort to reduce my stress levels (ha, ha!) and save some time, hopefully it will mean I actually get more work online for sale, that’s the idea anyhow!  On Friday I will be at the Knit and Stitch Show having a good look at all the lovely goodies on offer as well as facilitating a mini workshop at the ‘Learning Curve’, please give me a buzz or call to the Feltmakers Ireland stand if you are at the show and we can have a coffee!!!

Fun little felt brooches!

As part of the Feltmakers Ireland team at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin this week I will be facilitating a mini workshop titled ‘Fun Felt Brooches’.  Holly emailed me the instructions for what we will be sharing with newbies (and maybe some experienced felters!) during these ‘Learning Curve’ sessions so I thought that I would felt some samples and make sure exactly how much time these needed and how it would be possible to vary the decoration but still fit within the overall remit.

Three little turquoise and green felt brooches

On Friday evening I felted 3 and yesterday morning 3 more, they were FUN to make and I am now contemplating heading down to the kitchen and felting 3 more yet again!!!  The wool that we will be using is Kap Merino from Wollknoll, since I have quite a stash of this in my studio as well as different colours of beautiful similar short fibred wool from Filzrausch these little pieces are a wonderful way of using up some of my scraps.  The brooches are felted using two primary colours, a little wool covered resist, surface decoration and a piece or two of scrim or cotton gauze.  I played around with various shaped resists and experimented with different colours of wool laid under the plastic, if you would like to learn how to felt these yourself in just one hour please come along and sign up for one of our ‘Learning Curve’ sessions!

I’ve posted some pictures of the individual brooches to my Flickr photos and if you hop on over to Holly’s blog you can see of her beautiful work, note the neat stitching!!!

Cerise and pale pink based merino and scrim felt brooches

Fossils and labels

As mentioned in my last brief post I do tend to get drawn back to the same inspiration time after time.

Stones on the shoreline near Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

The beauty of the sea-washed stones near Enniscrone on the west coast of Ireland fascinates me, I love their shape and colour as they glisten while wet and I especially love searching for fossils along this particular stretch of shoreline.  I can clearly visualise transposing some of these fossils into wonderful line drawings on felt, since I’m not good at drawing in any shape or form however they’ll just have to remain in my mind’s eye for the moment!  I do have an idea on how I might manage to transpose them in the future but for now need to concentrate on current work, not keep speculating and changing tack or I’ll never get anything done at all!

Close up of the fossil visible in the previous photo

Thankfully the wild weather has abated a little and my internet connection is experiencing no problems this morning.  The labels that I ordered online arrived two days after I filled out the order form so congratulations MyStuff, you provided an excellent service!  The quality appears good and the cost was not bad so I will be happy to use them for now, pics to follow when I actually add the first one to my work!  I do feel that for the future I would like to design my own  labels printed on cotton, not satin, but as a stop-gap I can recommend these for anyone wanting something simple, inexpensive and reliable.

Wild, windy and wet!

It’s wild, windy and extremely wet outside, the Internet connection is down so thank goodness for phones!!! I didn’t get to take many pictures at the weekend but those I did were mainly of wet stones and fossils again, it’s interesting how I get drawn back to the same inspiration time after time. Hopefully tomorrow the storm will have passed and I can update you with felting thoughts for this week.