To promote the launch of my new Facebook page I have decided to offer the chance to win a £20 (approx 30USD) voucher to spend in my Etsy shop as a thank you to everyone who has helped to spread the word. I will hold the prize draw when the number of likes reaches 100. It has already reached 13 with no promotion so I’m hopeful it will get to 100 within a couple of weeks and the lucky winner can use their voucher for a Christmas splurge.
To enter all you need to do is:
- like my FB page (click here)
- Share the “Give Away!!” post on your FB timeline
The winner will be drawn at random when it reaches 100 likes. GOOD LUCK!!
And another Give Away – TextileArt.org are offering 10 of their favourite textile art books for free, just follow this link
Onto more woolly matters… 😉
This is the finished “sea creature” bowl I posted a picture of last time, I used the dyeing technique in this tutorial
to created the colour graduations. The bowl was made using a combination of multi-layered resists, adding flaps of prefelt and stitching during the felting process. It was a bit of an experiment to put all 3 techniques together so I’m really happy that it has turned out so well.
I confess I made this scarf a couple of weeks ago but have only just found time to photograph it, it is some rainbow dyed habouti 5 silk with merino nuno accents. The silk catches the light beautifully but you will have to take my word for that – I just can’t seem to get sheen or metallic shine to show up in photos – can you?
The show at the Rural Life Museum was fun but not particularly lucrative, but all the other traders were lovely and there were some really interesting customers including one lady who my heart went out to; she struggled to find gifts for her overly discerning (and IMHO ungrateful) mother so had changed tack and was now buying gifts that she would like to receive in the hope that it would be regifted back to her. I think she has the patience of a saint, I don’t know that I would tolerate that sort of behaviour – I certainly wouldn’t continue to buy gifts for them!
The last few weeks have seen quite a run of achievements for me, this blog reached its first birthday at the end of October, last weekend my City and Guilds certificates arrived, and today this blog has reached its 100th post.
It seems quite fitting that this post should be about another milestone; my first felted dress. Being a nuno felt dress the template was HUGE, 1 m wide by 2 m long, forcing me to work on the floor. Not something I like to do as I ache for days after spending all day crawling around on all fours.
The dress didn’t quite go to plan, no matter how much I rolled and worked them the shoulder straps were still far too long so I resorted to cutting them down and sewing seams across the shoulders. Here it is drying on the mannequin.
|Close up of the silk panel
Now I just need to pluck up the courage to wear it to work!
Here are a couple of other pieces I have been working on too. They are both winged pods but very different styles.
This first one reminds me of undersea creatures so I am thinking of dyeing it aqua blue / green colours.
The second one reminded me of a helter skelter so I dyed it red and yellow. Here it is before dyeing.
|A helter skelter slide
And after dyeing
I will be attending the Rural Life Museum Christmas Fair this weekend in Tilford and would really love to see you there if you are in the area.
Linking up to nina-marie, off the wall Friday