My first batch of felting kits are finally up for sale in my Etsy store as of this afternoon. I can’t believe how long it has taken to get to this stage, really I am kicking myself they were not up earlier but truthfully I just seem to have been totally snowed under with other important things as you may have guessed from my recent posts!
Some of the wool for my new flat felting kits
Each kit contains between 110g and 120g Icelandic wool in mixed colours, a small bag with various embellishments which might include beads, buttons or fancy yarn, bubble wrap and full written instructions on how to make your flat felt masterpiece. The kits make ideal presents for crafty male and female friends, both adults and children alike.
After Christmas (not going to be too ambitious about the date this time!) I will also be offering nuno felt kits, felt jewellery kits and simple felt vessel kits. Realistically I need to write up clear instructions for all the tutorials, order in more silk for the nuno kits, cut out resists for the vessel kits and basically take some good images of each individual kit to upload to Etsy. The weather has been so bad here recently that I have not been able to take individual shots of the flat felting kits (they kept flying off the table this afternoon in the wind!), at the moment I only have the one photo but in the absence of any others I guess it will just have to do for now!
There never seem to be enough hours in a day to fit in all the things that I really want to do. Luckily my flu is now 90% over so I am starting to plough through all the paperwork and outstanding letters/emails etc. that built up over the 4 weeks while I was away from home. My exciting news of the day however concerns the Icelandic wool that I will soon be selling from my Etsy store, I haven’t linked through this time because I need to wait until the wool arrives and get the images uploaded first! The colours are fabulous and as well as offering different weights of the wool for sale I also intend putting some fun kits together with clear (hopefully!) instructions on how to make various different items. The Icelandic wool is superb for structural work, bags, vessels, sculpture, light shades etc. and also could be used for warm scarves although would not be as soft as merino when worn directly against the skin. Please let me know what you think about putting felting kits together, I was thinking along the lines of ….. beginners flat felt, simple felt vessel, felt purse, felt flower, felt necklace, felt brooch etc. and then a kit with instructions for a first nuno felt scarf using the fantastic short fibred merino I import from Filzrausch. I would include all the raw materials including embellishments and any findings, clear but simple instructions and enough bubble wrap and resist where necessary to complete the project. All comments gratefully received!
This Thursday is the deadline for all Clasheen Autumn Swap packages to be on their way across the globe! If you have been one of our gang participating this time please remember to get your goddies out and then to leave a message of thanks and pictures to the Clasheen Crafty Swaps pool on Flickr as soon as you receive your own package. If for any reason you are going to be a day or two late getting to the post PLEASE just leave a message on our message board. Everyone understands if a delay occurs (so long as it is not every time!) and it just relieves the pressure on both ends of the swap.
Next Monday I will be taking down my felt ‘Cascade’ from Sculpture in Context so if you have not yet visited the Irish National Botanic Gardens in Dublin to view the exhibition now is your last chance. Check out this article from the Irish Times.
Thanks so much to Micki who has given me this Blogging Friends Forever Award! Micki is an American living in beautiful Donegal who is passionate about quilting, embellishing, felting and all fiber arts. You can catch Micki’s blog Irish Muses and enjoy some of her favourite music by clicking here or following the link in the blogroll on the right.
The rules for this award are that you …
link back to the person who gave you this award
give this award to four dedicated followers of your blog
present it to one person who is new to your blog and lives on the other side of the world
Yesterday I had my interview for ‘Craft in the Classroom’ and should get to know on Monday whether I am selected for the project or not. I am really hoping that I will be chosen as one of the participating artists because it would be a great oportunity to work with primary school children and introduce them to the art of feltmaking. On Sunday this weekend I will be having a small stand at a local craft fair so am busy today making some more scarves and putting a few things together that I might need for the day. Because of all the work that I have been doing recently for the 2 exhibitions I don’t actually have a lot of stock lying around. I am not going to worry unduly about selling work but have decided to do a few demos and advertise my felt making classes in addition to displaying work. If anyone is interested in coming along the event takes place from 12pm until 4pm at Boats Bistro on the Carlow side of the river at Tinnahinch, Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny.
FIBRE ALERT I have just recieved some amazing products from an excellent Australian site http://www.essentialtextileart.com . I discovered them on line whilst doing a search for nuno felt and boy am I glad I did! Thanks Susan, for your prompt and friendly service, I will definitely be recommending you to my friends. My order consisted of packets of sari loom ends, sari silk fibres, sari ribbon (basically strips of sari fabric) and a mixed packet of coloured suede fish skin, great for embellishing!!.
Needless to say I just had to get stuck in immediately to some felting. I decided to use one of the sari loom ends and a sari ribbon to create a beautiful long wall hanging in nuno felt. This is really a piece that needs to be lit from behind to fully appreciate the textures and I think that I need to experiment with a simple light box and see how this works for me. I promise to post a picture on this blog as soon as I have mastered the concept!