Category Archives: NUNO FELTING

01.13.16We felted flowers today…

at Gallery North.  We’re planning on assembling a wreath next week with all of our flowers, but I have a feeling we’ll be rolling a few more of these whimsical woolly petals… There’s nothing not to love about the process… vsco-photo-3 I have so many things I NEED to make FIRST thing in the morning, (I wish I could finish them) all by tomorrow, not for a class (well kinda) but for me…  Like these nuno felted cross body bags…  I just added this project to the workshop page this week.  FullSizeRender-1 I tried to finish it yesterday, but it was cold and windy outside and someone was enjoying the sun shining on my work table…  I didn’t have the heart to tell him to go…

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The dates are already set for the EEAC and we’re in the process of scheduling it for Gallery North…  We’ll be nuno felting the bag, rolling handles, sewing in a zipper and focusing on surface design…

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12.01.14a million things all at once…

 

With the holidays around the corner and my workshops in full affect, I’ve been a little crazed to say the least.  I have a holiday gift show that I’m really looking forward to this weekend at the Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton and I have a super good feeling about it… I’m really looking forward to spending the day with daughter, seeing familiar faces, and talking craft all day with fellow artisans.  In the midst of the madness around here though, I decided that now would be the perfect time to start an entirely new project (of course why not).  I started taking photos of my girls (my daughter and my step daughter) in my hand dyes and nuno shawls.  My plan is to build little books for each of them with these special photographs, something they can look back on and cherish forever.  This will be a work in progress for some time, but so far, sooo good… Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset I’ll be teaching a Last Minute Felted gifts workshop on the 10th at the EEAC.  This would be a great opportunity for you to bring your fibers and your ideas and let me help you conquer  some of your felted gifts for the holidays.  We’ll have 3 hours to crank through your felting wish list, and at the very least get started on a few things that you can finish up at home.  The workshop will be featured in Newsday’s Explore Long Island this week… very cool!  If you plan on signing up for the class, please email me with some of your thoughts and ideas so that I can come fully prepared with the right fibers and hand dyes…  If you’d like a nuno kit, I have hand dyed habotai silk and organic cotton here, if you’d like to felt soaps, we can do that too!  See you in class and until then happy felting!  The workshop is filling up so don’t wait too long to sign up…

04.15.14alaia…

Feeling a bit inspired by the most beautiful baby, I’ve just recently started playing with baby dresses.   I’ve always wanted to try felting a garment in one piece, but never really got around to it. When my daughter was born, I owned a knitting store, so all of her dresses were either knit or crocheted.  Now that I’m felting full time, I haven’t had much of a reason to felt a baby dress until now.  The first dress was for baby Alaia Jane, born into our family about 3 weeks ago.  In Basque, Alaia means “Joy”.   We got to meet her this weekend and she simply took our breath away…  So perfect, so innocent, so precious… I’m in love…

IMG_5753-e1397583476521 A simple and natural, extra fine merino and silk dress with a crocheted scalloped edge in Manos del Uruguay’s Serena seemed just right.

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I loved felting this dress so much so, that I needed to felt a couple more right away, felting ADD if you will  (so many things I actually NEED to do, but let’s just start a new obsession anyway), typical Aries I suppose!  I started felting with the Short Fiber Merino from New England Felting Supply not too long ago, and from one felter to another, this merino is a felting game changer.  It’s UNBELIEVABLE to felt with,  it felts quickly and buttery soft to the touch and has incredible drape!  Yesterday i received another shipment of these amazing wool batts, and I will be felting as soon as I finish this post!  Here are the next two dresses I worked on.  The dress on the left was nuno felted over a piece of midnight blue chiffon, I love the spontaneous asymmetry of the silk, kind of fragile but really strong all at the same time… dresses IMG_6151 IMG_6130 IMG_6146

03.20.14Nuno love…

I’ve been working on so many other things lately, cuffs, bangles, and clay work, that I’d forgotten how much I loved working and need to work with nuno and shibori and all of that mysterious good stuff.  This is my kind of happy, the music on, with no one around but the morning light…  This is when the spirit is free and magic happens…

IMG_5550 IMG_5598 IMG_5571 IMG_5576 IMG_5727 IMG_5730 IMG_5734 IMG_5742 IMG_5745 I’ll be posting a new new how-to on wet felted vessels very soon, as I promised my sweet friend in France, we’ll make igloos and caves together.  Happy felting!

Before I go, here’s a sneak peek at some of the powerful clay pieces I’ve been working on, more to follow and I can’t wait to share them with you… IMG_5720

02.14.14millefiori…

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When crafters are made aware that there’s a storm approaching, they tend to snap into dream mode immediately.  Imagining endless hours of uninterrupted knitting or sewing (or knitting and sewing)… Though something so wonderful rarely happens, I try my hardest to spend at least some of my snow day doing a few of my favorite things like baking bread and working with polymer clay.  Baking bread for obvious reasons and polymer work, well it’s therapy at it’s best.  It’s reallllly nice to sit with smaller projects, staying warm under a blanket and busy with the details of your work.  So relaxing…

photo 2 So, I had planned all week to roll a batch of buttons for the cuffs I’ve been working on lately, but this took over most of my day…

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It was a long day of ins and outs, (mostly out, hence my pink snow boots on Mr.W, his were soaked).   I didn’t get a ton of work done unfortunately, but they had a blast in the snow, so it was a good day nonetheless.  In between pots of soup, fixing gloves, hot chocolate runs and fetching tissues, I surfed around Pinterest  browsing recipes and counter tops.  So… back to work it is.  Here’s a sneak peak at the cuffs…

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02.12.14a work in progress…

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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged (4 years actually)…  I’ve been wanting to start this blog for quite some time now and while these single digit temperatures have left my poor tired  hands begging to dry off and stay warm, what better time than now.

IMG_4619 Hopefully, each time I start something new, you’ll get inspired to start something too.  So stay tuned…