Monday, May 30, 2011

Summer Classes

I'm teaching a few classes this summer of 2011.
For Adults
Felter's workshop: Fish or Fowl - we'll make several felted birds and fish, could be made into a mobile. Saturday July 16
Felter's workshop: Felted Purses - we'll make a felted purse using a resist, we'll also inlay pieces of silk fabric.  July 23
Felter's workshop: Nuno Felted Scarf - introductory class on nuno felting Saturday August 6

For Children:
July 18-22, 9 till noon
Frogs, Fish, Butterflies, Snails, Turtles and Lizards.  We'll hear stories, learn poems, and sing songs of the animals of summer.  Then we will paint, draw, felt, stamp and collage these creatures.  Last day up at a mountain park to join parents for a picnic lunch and display our artwork.

July 25-29, 9 till noon
A Summer Puppet Show. During this class we will create puppets and scenery, practice the script and songs for a summer puppet play.  On the last day of the class we will put the play on for parents and friends.  This class includes dramatic performance, painting, singing, sewing and felting to make the puppets.

Send me a message if you would like more information

Nuno Scarf Close Up - Student Work

Nuno scarf close-up

we used silk gauze, merino wool and silk fiber that gives a shiny luster
I'll be teaching another introductory nuno class on August 6, 2011.  It is being offered through the Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild.  Here are a couple of photos of closeups of Sandy's scarf that she made during the last class.  Please contact me if you would like to come.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Felted slippers - creating a perfect pattern

A first felting project
 Yesterday I taught a felted slipper class.  In search of the perfect  dimensions for creating a pattern - I learned a lot yesterday.  It seems if you trace around your foot, then extend those dimensions 2" at the toe and heel, taper the dimension to 1 1/2" at the sides, you will be close. Would anyone be interested in a tutorial on making slippers?  Here are a pair made by an adult student yesterday. This project was her very first felting project.  Aren't they beautiful?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Felted Boots for Daniel

Daniel's elf boots

made for a friend at Christmas Tide
One of my favorite felting projects were these boots that I made for my friend Daniel. It was Christmas time, I had enlarged the pattern, as the orginal pattern idea made slipper boots too tight fitting.  So these boots at first were enormous, I made them much too big.  Giant sized actually.  I spent hours rubbing them, dousing them in cold and hot water and then finally throwing them with great force upon cement pavers to get them to shrink enough.  He loves them, calls them his 'elf boots'.  Oh but what work went into them.  I now have perfected the pattern and can make felted boots or slippers fit more easily for anyone!  Come to a class or commission me to make a pair for you!

Monday, May 23, 2011

giveaway results

two white star flowers
Thanks to all of those who
came to the art show and
to all of those who particiated
in the give away. 
Pat B. from Prescott won the flower pin
Michelle S. from blog participation won
the silk scarf.

Another give-away coming soon.

Friday, May 6, 2011

persephone's garden

So she gets a fast ride down into the underworld and becomes Hades' woman.  After ranting and raving over her plight,  she actually kind of likes it there.  She is loved, cherished, for the lost souls see her as their light.  She shows them a way.  She plants a garden, for every woman plants a garden.  Here be two flowers that grew in Persephone's garden.  She tended it well.