Playing with Nuno Felting

blueberry swirlEvery year there is a juried art show called Art In The County that is open to all artists living in Prince Edward County. I have entered a fibre art piece each year for, I think, 5 or 6 years now.

This is the piece I entered for the 2016 Art In The County and it actually won an Honourary Mention Award! This came as a complete surprise since usually the judges are painter, photographers, sculpters, graphic designer. They don’t usually have a whole lot of exposure to the Fibre Arts so to be recognized as my piece being a quality piece of art was wonderful!

Fibre Arts are sometimes a bit frowned on by people that admire high end art work. Fibre Arts are many times considered a craft and not an art form. This designation I have been working on breaking through for a decade now. I’m a knitter and a felter and so far the felting pieces get much more respect than the knitting, though in reality the knitting is way more complicated in many cases!

One of juror’s comments that was posted on the wall beside my piece was this:

“The technical ability of this work is remarkable. Silk and felt blend together in areas that are mesmerizing.” 

I have to say this made me feel really good that someone figured out how tricky it was to lay the wool the way I did and keep it from wiggling around while I felted it all!

Also I did sell the shawl at the show as well so I did an extra happy dance when that phone call came in!

IMG_8396 (200x300)IMG_8397 (200x300)I did have a free form knit & crochet shawl that was accepted in 2013 to Art In The County. This was a surprise to me since I thought for sure that one would be not accepted into a gallery of high end art. I always put my pieces on a lovely mannequin and let’s face it display can make a big difference in whether a piece looks high end or not. This shawl I got obsessed with finishing and since it is completely free form it was so hard to know when it was done! I was up until 3 am the night before the piece was to be taken in to be juried!

I did sell this piece to a lovely lady that looked spectacular in it and hopefully she still loves it as much today as when she walked out of the shop with it!

The Blueberry Swirl shawl shown above I tried something I have wanted to do for a while. I love swirls and curls and use them constantly in my art work and I wanted to do swirls on the edge but allowing the curls to have open areas around them. The tricky part was keeping the areas open that I wanted to stay open and not letting them get too big so that the shawl would not drape properly.

Felting is obviously a technique that shrinks wool and when you have a hole or opening as the wool shrinks it pulls away from the hole which then becomes larger. The other issue that occurs is all the tiny hairs from the wool that still sneak over top of the hole opening. Each hole has to be worked individually with fingers and your thumb rubbing around each holes edge to push all those fibres out of the way and clear and shape the hole properly.

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Each colour of wool was laid down individually and most of the openings between the colours I had to keep working separately to them open.

I want to keep working at creating negative space or openings around the wool. I have a couple of other ideas to help make this work closer to what I have rolling around in my brain.

Never a dull moment in working with wool!

Felter Extraordinaire Pam De Groot is Coming HERE!!!

I am so excited to announce that Pam De Groot is coming to Rosehaven Yarn Shop to teach a 4 day and a 2 day workshop on felting!

The 4 day workshop will be August 24th to 27th from 9-5 and the 2 day workshop will be August 28th to 29th from 9-5. After that Pam is winging her way to Vancouver!

10491212_852928628052497_8674838530394716852_nPam is going to teach us how to create a gorgeous mosaic garment in the 4 day workshop.

Here is Pam’s description of the class;

In this workshop we are creating a cloth from multiple dyed pre felts. It is method of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction to discover a cloth with interest and complexity. The garment pieces are linked to unify the cloth with each maker creating their own garment of unique beauty and interest.

We will learn how to make a template from our own body measurements and to allow for differing shrinkage rates. We will be dying our own pre felts using safe dyeing practices.

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The 2 day workshop will be focused on creating jewellery. Pam has told me that this class is one of the best for learning a large multitude of techniques that can be utilized when creating many other felted items. We will be working with roving, silk fibres, pre felts and lots of other different embellishments that can be added to wool. Learn the skills of felting on wire and sculpting wool to bend to your will!

524140_481562238522473_1284598392_nThe 4 day Mosaic Garment Workshop will be $475 with materials included (plus HST). There will be a lunch break so you can bring a lunch or visit one of the local cafes right around the corner for lunch. There are 12 spots available and we have a list already begun of interested people so don’t wait too long if you are interested before you call the shop to register.

 

 

DSC_0007 copyThe 2 day Jewellery Workshop will cost $275 with materials included (plus HST). There will be a lunch break so you can bring a lunch or visit one of the local cafes right around the corner for lunch. There are 12 spots available so register by calling the shop at 613-476-9092.

We will be hosting the workshops at Picton’s Salvation Army gymnasium and large kitchen so we will have lots of room and good lighting.

Brilliant Colours!

more scarves 2I love colour. Everyone that knows me knows that about me. Colour is very important to me. I like to wear it and I like to live with it in my home too. Though I have toned the vibrancy down a little bit in my home. Way back in my twenties and thirties I used to paint rooms over and over again. Probably at least once every year. I love how colour changes and enhances a mood or feeling.

So last week I purchased a whole lot of silk from Dharma Trading for nuno felting and whatever else I can think to do with it. I immediately called my Mom who has lots of experience with dying and loves to play as well with colours. She came by a few days ago and we had a full day of dying silks. It is a bit messy and hot since we always steam set the colours but we have a system that seems to work. I doubt we are doing things exactly correct according to an expert dyer but we have a lot of fun and the results are always pretty good. Plus, more importantly, the colours don’t run out of the silk when we are done!

Enjoy the eye candy!

Hats With Hatitude!

I like hats, no actually not quite true, I love hats! I have lots of them and I also love to knit them. I tend to lean on the slightly outrageous side when I create my hats. I also never follow a pattern.

I know, it’s true I am a bit crazy but when I get all those balls of yarn together in a pile of brilliant colours and textures I have to just follow what the yarn says! Yes yarn does talk to me, especially the colours of yarn. Some colours get really fussy about who they get grouped with and just will not get along if they don’t have the same mojo going on. Weird maybe but I am telling you yarn can have some serious attitude!

Soft blue mohair, pale green and  heather purple. Pretty and toasty warm!
Soft blue mohair, pale green and heather purple. Pretty and toasty warm!

Here now I will show you some hats that I have done over the last few years. These hats have all gone to live with the person that found and loved them and are no longer

This one I used some of my mom's handspun yarn and even tied in a few dyed mohair curls she gave me. It is one warm cozy hat!
This one I used some of my mom’s handspun yarn and even tied in a few dyed mohair curls she gave me. It is one warm cozy hat!

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I was playing with colors I don't often go for when I started with the orange and added in the raspberry and lavender color. I ended up trimming some of the dangling bits that fell into the wearer's eyes. Art gets vetoed by comfort in this case.
I was playing with colors I don’t often go for when I started with the orange and added in the raspberry and lavender color. I ended up trimming some of the dangling bits that fell into the wearer’s eyes. Art gets vetoed by comfort in this case.
Easter Egg Hat. All the colors you think of when you think of Easter time.
Easter Egg Hat. All the colors you think of when you think of Easter time.