Experiment with plastic, awards, spiral neckpieces and production line of prefelt

 

Detail of plastic onion net in felt

Detail of plastic onion net in felt

Here is an image as promised of the experimental piece I felted using wool, silk, alpaca, scrim, mohair and an orange plastic onion net.  Using a typical Irish seascape for inspiration I created a wet felted piece suggesting rocky pools, frothy water, fishing nets and swirling sand.  It was great fun to do and now I am going to ask all my pupils in Leitrim to collect these nets as I really think that we can use them in some of our work for ‘Craft in the Classroom’.

I had a great evening at the Irish Blog Awards in Cork on Saturday.  It was a LONG drive up and down but well worth the effort, stylish hotel (amazingly the Cork International Airport Hotel!), the ladies tea party was a hoot and the ceremony itself great fun.  Congratulations to ‘Irish Blogger of the Year’ Suzy Byrne who’s blog Maman Poulet won the gong Best News/Current Affairs Blog as well as the top award.  You can check out all the winners in the various catagories and a big word of congratulations to Damien and all his crew who organised such a great fun event.

I was pretty tired yesterday after my 6 hours driving so decided to relax by making two more spiral neckpieces (pictures in Flickr), very relaxing!

Today it is back to the grindstone as I have a production in line up and running making prefelt to use for my first session in Leitrim this Wednesday.  I have decided that since we will be having a 2 hour ‘taster’ at the school the best way of ensuring all the pupils make a successful piece of felt in the allocated time is for them to lay out their design on a backing of prefelt, hence the production line!

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Some projects finished and Irish Blog Awards

Well, the challenge as issued by Jo-Anne and Ann has actually spurred me on to finish some of my projects, amazing!  Yesterday afternoon I made and fitted (simple task so why could I not do it before) handles for 3 of the bags and then in the evening strung 5 long streamers of glass and felt beads ready to assemble into a mobile.  I have had a couple of ideas how to suspend the mobile, this afternoon or tomorrow I will try and get this piece finished and decide which method to adopt.  If the weather is clear later this morning I will take some pictures of the work in progress.

I was pretty excited to learn that a friend has nominated me for the ‘Newcomer’ catogory in the upcoming Irish Blog Awards!   This is a great vote of confidence although I guess that I need a few more nominations to be in with a shout of getting through to the next stage.  The awards take place in Cork this year on Saturday 21st February and I have booked places for me and Alan.  Podcamp was great fun in Kilkenny during the early Autumn and I am looking forward to meeting and catching up with many of the people who I met at that event. Nominations for the awards must be in by 6pm Irish time on Wednesday 14th (next week) so if you have some favourite Irish blogs get cracking, it’s probably best to get them by Tuesday to be on the safe side!  Nominating a blog is a simple procedure procedure, just click here, choose the catogory, give the blog address and a short reason why you would like that particular blog to be considered.  Obviously you may nominate different blogs in various catagories but don’t nominate the same blog in several catagories or you will get the blog barred!