Saturday, 15 December 2012

A little more felting

Well, I had another go at felting at home, choosing to make a little book cover as a starter. I used the Lizzie Houghton Creative Felting book that I've now read from cover to cover!

The 'bookcover' closed

  This was inspired but the coral page in the book, mine wasn't as voluptuous as I'd hoped it would be but Lizzie's been doing this for years! This is using the 'mosaic' technique

the 'cover' open

 where you make the first stage of felting, 'pre-felt' in 2 colors, snip thru it all including the pieces of silk you've added to the mix making lots of strips, turn it all head over heels laying it back down again neetly & carry on felting, adding some net & more whisps of wool to each side to help keep it together.

I'll keep practicing;) From bright, above to cool & soft in woods by the shore 10 minutes drive away

sunset colors

cool mint

 even ice circles!

 soft again, what is it about the silhouette of a tree that pulls at our strings?

I'm remote but not THIS remote

Been thinking this week, well, last week too, now that I've got a little time. In between filling my Etsy shop I've been hauling stuff from my studio up to the Youngest's room where it's warm & not damp. He's having a fabulous time by the way, me, I'm getting a little more used to the empty nest) The idea is to take a little box at a time & sort it, label it then in the Spring put it back again, well, a lot less of it, hopefully. The phrase 'everything in it's place, a place for everything' gets on my nerves, but only because i know it's right, so I'll try.

 While doing the practical, I've been mulling over what to do for my 'body of work' for next year. More like racking my brain. I know what I like, but is it a 'theme' will it be 'cohesive'? I had a virtual chat with Iz at Threadnoodle  who's going thru the same thing, so exciting! & she gave a link to Sandra Meech book 'Connect Design to Stitch', you can 'look inside' (I love that facility!) & as Iz says, it's a little difficult to get a theme started, so much to think about. But I said in our chat that it seems to boil down to a quick drawing , a thumbnail sketch, lots of them!  as everyone I respect like Linda Kemshall & Laura,  Jan Beany & Jean Litttlejohn, Gwen Headly, Cas Holmes, Val Holmes, Frances Pickering, Maggie Grey,  oh so many, start off with one; they must be right!


Katie said...

So cool Emma. And, I love all the new things in your shop!

chocolatefrog said...

Love all your pics! On C&G we explored each theme in lots of different media before stitch samples. I preferred collaging found papers to sketching, stopped me being too fussy and precise. Thanks for reminding me.

Robin Mac said...

Lovely photos, I shall look forward to how your 'theme' develops next year. Good luck with the downsizing of your stash - I start each January with the best of intentions, but somehow I never seem to see less crowded drawers!! Cheers

Su said...

Lovely photos, and I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing about how your theme emerges :-)

Anonymous said...

I am sure your next year's focus will come into view if you forget about it for a while.....Love the felting experiments. Just picked up Angie Hughes book "Stitch, Cloth, Paper and Paint....I am drooling!!! Keep felting...xox

Lynda Howells said...

love your work and those images were beautifulxxlynda

Heloise said...

Beautiful photographs. Enjoy your thought process and working on what ever you decide to do.

Maggi said...

Nice piece of felt and the wintery photos are so good. Look forward to seeing where the theme takes you next year. Sandra's book is excellent by the way - oops you don't need any more books do you!!

Gaby Bee said...

I just wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Gaby xo