Felting kits for sale in my Etsy store at last!

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!

Mystery of the lost post, incorporating pongee silk and the Clasheen Winter Swap

Well, I have just spent an extremely frustrating and puzzling time trying to locate my blog post and images of the printing on felt from yesterday.  I knew that it had gone live thanks to your welcome comments so imagine my surprise this morning when I was giving a bit of a demo on blogging to a couple of colleagues from the tourism course and discovered that it had gone!  I double checked that I had published it as a public post, kept opening and closing the website until finally I decided to check out my date setting (Alan’s spring clean is not as good as earlier envisaged!!) and voila, the problem is now solved.  This got me to thinking how many of my other posts will now reappear? Time will tell.

Yesterday afternoon I made a stunning merino and ponge silk scarf in black, dark turquoise and light turquoise.  I tore the ponge into squares and strips and laid them in a design on top of the soft merino and then covered the rest of the surface in light turquoise mulberry silk.  The ponge felted into the merino beautifully and the mulberry silk adds a sophisticated sheen to the whole scarf, definitely a design to be repeated.  This will be uploaded to my Etsy store tomorrow morning and hopefully will find a home as quickly as the nuno wrap which Carole bought yesterday, thanks Carole!

Before I sign off for the afternoon (fever has returned and I am just going to call it a day) why not check out the Clasheen Crafty Swap pool on Flickr to see the fantastic goodies that participants have been exchanging in our current Autumn swap?  The Winter Swap is now open for sign ups so if you didn’t know about it before or you have been a little bit apprehensive about joining don’t!  In order to participate you just need to join our group on Flickr (only takes a minute or two to sign up) and then Flickr mail me with your details, everyone welcome so please tell your friends as well.

Felted necklace/hairband

Necklace as hairband
Necklace as hairband

Recently I had a visit from Anna, a regular follower of the blog and a great swap partner in the first Clasheen Crafty Swap!  This photo shows Anna wearing one of my simple fleted necklaces as a hairband.  Thanks Anna for the order of 4 more of these accessories, I will get them made and in the post for you next week.  I will be offering these necklaces/hairbands for sale on my Etsy shop for E20 each and am happy to make them in any colours that might take your fancy.  Please email me if you would like to order one if I have not had time to put them up on the shop, they would make a great Christmas present!

Felt at exhibition, Etsy shop

Just a quick post today as I have a mountain of tidying to do before my first evening course starts tomorrow!!  The opening of Breaking Out was fantastic, thanks to everyone who came and to all of you who have left comments on the blog.  It was very interesting to see that there was work from 3 felt artists on display, it really seems to be the up and comming craft at the moment.  Marika Miklosi Manning had very sculptural pendants and vessels, Nicola Farrell showed 3 large discs of felt (hung on the wall) and I had 4 neck pieces and the rug I made with Mehmet Girgic in September.  Overall the exhibition was brilliantly curated by Ann Mulrooney and it is well worth a visit if you are anywhere near Kilkenny.  As Micki has mentioned in her comments, Kilkenny Castle is definitely a place to see and the 2 exhibition galleries are housed in the old coach yard of the Castle, beautiful light filled spaces.  Other selected exhibitors include ceramicists, jewellery makers, textile artists, wood workers, reclycled paper artists, metal workers and glass makers so it would be true to say that there will be something to excite everyone interested in cutting edge craft. 

On Saturday I am going to pop down and take some images of my work on display, then I will upload them to the blog.  I actually did an interview with a reporter this morning (her paper was emailed an image of me with my work at the opening) so I am going to be featured in the Carlow People next week, yipee!

My Etsy shop WILL be up and running early next week I promise.  My biggest problem over the last week and a half is the sheer volume of organising I have had to do to get my tax returns sorted (not exactly sorted yet) and to prepare the house for my first class of students.  This has all been on top of trying to prepare work for my next exhibition, the deadline for this work is mid next week so I am sure you can all imagine how hyper I am!!