Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Preparation for Felt United Day October 3rd PART 2

So far very productive day. No washing wool today, may be tomorrow just in case I need more. Have been dyeing wool the whole day, I don't think I ever done that much washing and dyeing in 2 days, call me crazy :) The wool has been drying slower than usual, well it's fall and why do I expect the sun to be very strong ? Well because it's Texas and we usually get plenty of warm weather on and off till January. As the matter of fact usually for New Year's we're in T-shirts, can you believe it's that warm. It was supposed to rain today, but the weather has been very cooperative with me, I really needed the sun. Tomorrow is the fun day, felting all day long till I drop and want to do some washing in between felting, multitasking....the brake is not for relaxation, but for doing more stuff :). Should be fun :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Preparation for Felt United Day October 3rd PART 1

If you've been following my blog, not long ago I wrote a post about Felt United Day, which is going to be October 3rd 2009. Feltmakers around the world are celebrating this day by exhibiting their works, making demonstrations to public etc. Here in Houston local feltmakers are bringing their feltworks to Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and will display it in the community garden, so If you're local make sure to stop by and check it out.
At first when I learned about this event I knew for sure I wanted to do something, just wasn't sure what exactly. So finally, a few days ago I got an idea, but for now I'll just hold that thought. Back home we don't tell details until it's completely done, just for good luck...I guess it's a Russian thing. For my installation I'm using raw fleece, which came straight from the sheep with all the extra "good stuff", you know what I mean... I love the organic and natural look you can achieve with raw stuff. Today I've been washing it, about 6lbs so far ( I think I chose the dirtiest fleece possible, but who said life is easy ?) and dyeing in the colours from the colour wheel slice from yellow to red, that's the only requirement. I'm using all the local fleece, by that I mean from USA sheep growers. Merino and merinoXcorriedale are from Colorado and I also have some mohair locks and rambouillet from Texas. I'm trying to use my stash, which grows constantly and out of control, so I got the perfect project for that and I'm thinking not a small scale too, at least that's the picture in my head, hopefully I can get there.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Etsy Finds: Foray Into Fall

Recently my felted scarf was featured in Etsy blog Storque. Get ready for fall, find out the hottest trends by reading the whole post here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Etsy Treasury

Etsy treasury that features my scarf created my Linda from LindaGJ . Visit it here .

Monday, September 21, 2009

Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Annual Sale Event

Weaving and Beyond, the 2009 CHH Annual Sale, will be held September 24 - September 26, 2009 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. For more information see our Sale Page.
Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 6 pm - 9 pm
Friday, September 25, 2009 - 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 10 am - 5 pm

At our annual sale event CHH Guild members offer beautiful and functional hand-woven, hand-spun, hand-felted works of fine craft: fashions, linens, tapestries, baskets, jewelry, baby items, toys, gifts and decorations. CHH members use the finest materials from silk, wool and cotton to tencel, bamboo, wire and willow.
If you're local or just happen to be in Houston these days, please stop by at the HCCC for a great chance to get some one of a kind hand-made items. My hand-felted work is going to be there.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Power of Green

This scarf is absolutely one of my favorites (I probably say it about all my scarves). The colours are just gorgeous...it was a mix of different green colours that mixed at some point into this gorgeous shade. Lately I'm drawn more to nuno felt, because probably of the climate I live in. It's really hard to wear scarves here which are made of wool only since we don't really get a lot of cold around here, in fact it's hardly can be called cold at all. When I explain to someone back home about the weather here I usually say it's summer all year round: there's cool summer (winter), hot summer (spring), very hot summer (the actual summer) and warm summer (autumn), so you get the picture...This scarf was dyed using resist method, which gives you a truly one of a kind look. So check it out...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Etsy Treasury

Etsy treasury that features my scarf created my Monica from Monicaj . Visit it here .