Posts Tagged ‘felting’

Finally felting Flowers!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

March is here! and I am looking forward to some springy felting workshops I have scheduled this month. Winter’s chill lingers, but I am eager to invite the brightness and invigorating aliveness that spring will, in it’s own perfect time, bring.

So… how about vibrant wet felted flowers!

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First I chose some colors, carded them together and formed some soft poofs…

The next images are some of the wetting and felting process.

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And here are some finished flowers, to wear, hang, decorate and simply, to enjoy.

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Let me know if you’d like to join me for this upcoming workshop, Thursday March 7th.

I wish you the most inspiring winter-ending, full of warmth and nourishment.

spin spun

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 

Love, love, love! this springtime air. A lot of the time all i want to do is sit, and breathe. Each breath is like a gulp of fresh springwater, and nourishing as any food. So rain and shine i have been able to enjoy this….

It feels like everything i make is inspired by these natural experiences.

Once again i am spinning away (yay!). When i look down at my beautiful wheel i just feel like i am time traveling. Any type of meditation is crucial these days, and the repetitive whir of the wheel and my foot on the treadle, the fibers slipping through my fingers, well it suits me just fine.

I even learned a new technique, Navaho 3 ply! Which is an amazing way to turn a single ply thread into a 3-ply yarn! ingenius!! (thanks christa)

and some results…

Looks like candy to me….YUM. Soon to be found on the shelves at Maplerose:)

 

Love Life!! Be Well!!

 

 

 

 

Felting with the Wimmins

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Any opportunity to gather with women, i think, is a good one. No matter how many different walks of life we may be, there is always a valuable sharing that comes out of it. So, I did not hesitate to accept the invitaion to return to the Salmo Women’s Conference to teach a felting workshop for the second year in a row. The intention of the conference is to provide local women a chance to take a day for themselves, to connect and share with others, and learn new skills, thereby increasing emotional heath and general well-being.

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and if this is true, then we all went home on Saturday after a fun day, with a little more medicine in our bundles. Indeed we laughed.

I had a great time showing an enthusiastic group the basics of Nuno Felting. We spent time laying out beautiful designs with colorful merino wool onto a silk scarf, and set to work felting.

The theme for this years conference was Simplicity.

The results were, simply beautiful and each scarf was different and reflective of the maker. I think we were all nourished with this hands on creative expression. What fun we had!

So much gratitude for all the women involved, thankyou all!!

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Saturday, February 12th, 2011

It is so crucial to me as an artist and human, to play. I am realizing this more and more. I think I didn’t really play for years. Of course i enjoyed life and had fun, but i am talkin’ bout serious lose-yer-head play here my friends… And boy, is it fun!! For me it is a head/heart-space, the Play Meditation. A letting go of regular thoughts to expand into sensation, free movement and association, to let ideas and impulses flow unhindered, to drop deeply into being with Life, if even just for a moment, or five. To laugh, and breathe, and mmmmmmmm……..

When applying this meditation to my own creative development, and yes, mixing work and play (!), i am finding the results… pleasing.  Without a preconceived idea of what will happen, I dive into the realms of feeling and embody my super-hero self. An important key is to not have expectations or even a plan. It is a fine gift to oneself, to provide time and space to indulge in the freeing of the mind, of the body, of the soul, and embarking apon unknown adventures with no pressure!

After choosing colors and textures most alluring to me in the moment, i hunkered into the melding of fibers and….  the felted outcome was absolutely satisfying.Look what happened!!

It is a simple pleasure indeed, but aren’t these the best in life?

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I am discovering the benefits of consciously entering these realms of play. Through setting aside actual time for this necessary indulgence, i am finding so much space and joy in allowing the unknown and unexpected to drift in to my experience. Clay class, writing sessions, dance and out-of-doors explorations are my favorites right now, but i find opening to new experiences seems to be the best way to tap this transformative mind-space.

Things i have done for the first time this week:( i mean for the first time EVER, this week)

1. made an apron(it is candy-striped with crochet lace accents!!)

2. X-country ski sesh on my own (twice!)

3 .offered a free computer to a complete stranger (he offered me free tecky-advice back!)

I would love to hear about your play time and new -doings.

Love Life! Be Well!!