Thursday, August 31, 2006

My first Christmas present finished...

I made this for my neice for Christmas. It's completely made from felted woollen jumpers bought from charity shops and jumble sales. So money spent on materials went to a good cause and I have recycled, doing my bit for the enviroment. My daughter has named her Molly, and now wants me to make her a pig. The pattern for this rabbit was in the japanese book below. I have adapted the pattern slightly.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

On the go....

I am not one of the worlds fastest knitters, in fact I am very slow, which is proberbly why I don't knit as much as I'd like to. I like instant results. Here is some yarn I dyed a while ago. I couldn't decide what to do with it as there was only 250g, I finally decided on a poncho to wear when we're camping. Hope I have enough as I'll never recreate that colour again. I figure now I have posted this on my blog, it will spur me on so I can post the finished article. However this didn't work with my weaving on the peg loom, which has not changed since I posted the photo.
I have just listed some Japanese felting books in my fibrespace store, they are really nice! I'm quite tempted to keep some for myself, there are five different titles, but I only have one copy of each, as I wanted to see how well they go down. Here's a taster...

Monday, August 28, 2006

I am a very untidy worker. I try to keep my work area (and cupboards) neat and tidy, but I have come to the conclusion that I am more creative when surrounded by mess. I think if things are too neat I am almost afraid to do any thing that might muck it all up. I never have a neat approach to my work either. I will have an idea in my head which I have to try out, with out any planning or preparation. Sometimes this can be wasteful, although I try to recycle any disasters. Mostly, I think it is a good way to work, I often stumble on new techniques by accident, and I love to start a project never quite knowing how it will turn out. It's much more exciting to be spontaneous!!

Anyway, my sewing box is a real mess. It needs a good sort out, as all my threads are getting tangled and I can never find what I'm looking for. My pins are just loose in the top compartment and I'm gradually losing them, so the other day I made myself a pin cushion. I needle felted it with merino wool. I'm quite pleased with the way it looks, but it is far too shallow (the pins go right through it). I'm already working on pin cushion number 2. I shall let my daughter have the first one (shown in the picture) to use in her doll's house as a floor cushion / foot stool. I am now thinking they would make great stocking fillers so there could be many more to come. I am on a mission this year to make as many of my christmas presents as possible. I say this every year, but always leave it too late. This year I have already started!!! I am in the middle of making a rabbit ( from felted jumpers of course) for my niece.

Here is another jumper bag, at the moment I'm having fun playing around with different styles. I spend a while looking at the jumper and a design usually pops into my head. They take quite a while to make as I have to hand sew them, the wool is just to thick to fit under my foot!! The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of creating something new and beautiful out of something people have discarded, and it's always good to recycle. I feel more trips to jumble sales coming on!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The website is up and running at last!!! It needs a few more tweaks here and there, but I'm really pleased with the way it looks. What do you think?

Monday, August 21, 2006

Another Jumper bag...

Here is another jumper bag, this is my favourite so far. I love the colours. It was a monsoon jumper I acquired at a jumble sale, and to be honest I did think twice about felting it!! The flower is a detachable brooch, so it could be worn on a coat lapel. I have also made a choker to match and am working on some cuffs.

I have managed to get my hands on some old knitting machines so I can knit my own fabric to felt. I had a go on the knitmaster, and managed an inch before it all went wrong. I only had DK in my stash and think it's too thick, so I'll have to get some more wool (what a shame). The other machine is a singer, double bed, but unfortunately it has no instructions and it looks very complicated. I'll have to keep an eye on eBay for instruction manuals.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Hello, I haven't posted for a while as I have been trying to get the website finished. Nearly there now, I can't wait to go live. We're just doing some last minute tweaking. Here are some pictures of a felt bucket I have been working on for a competition on the felting and needle felting forum - The theme is vacation, so I have made a bucket for my daughter to use when we go beach combing. She's a bit like me and likes to gather interesting bits and pieces!! I used photographs from our holiday last year as inspiration. We went to Staithes and the beach was amazing. We spent hours rock pooling, saw lots of hermit crabs and other creatures. I haven't entered the bucket just yet as I am not happy with the handles. These are the second pair I've tried but they don't look right. I think I'll try a strip of leather.

I'm also working on some more bags made from recycled jumpers. These are jumpers with a very high wool content that I picked up at a jumble sale. I washed them in the washing machine on a very hot wash. This shrinks and felts the wool creating a nice sturdy fabric for bag making.

Here's one I made earlier, I'm working on a collection at the moment and will post more pictures later. The butterfly was needle felted. My only problem is I'm running out of jumpers and I don't really have the time to visit all our local jumble sales!! I have tried charity shops but they are a bit too expensive, if it's pure wool they ask at least £5. So, I have invested in a second hand knitting machine, can't wait to get going with it.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Here is a photograph of my Auntie Rosemarie's felted bowl. It won 1st prize in the sculpture catagory of the Hornsea Art Society's Annual exhibition. I love the curly fringe and the contrast in colours. Well done Rosemarie.