Floral Beret

I start a new job tomorrow so expect this will be my last post for a few days, I’m excited to be working for a company so well known for making new and effective cancer treatments and catching up with friends who I previously worked with at other companies but I am nervous about being the “new girl” again and trying to find my way through a raft of new acronyms and company procedures… wish me luck!

I don’t often make berets but I am not sure why, they are relatively simple to create and make a great foil for all manner of decorative techniques. This one was inspired by the riot of flowering plants currently exploding into colour all over my garden and was made with a series of resists, 7 for the flowers and 1 for the beret.

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Relief at last!

After a couple of weeks religiously working on the concertina hat class tutorials I finally gave myself a few hours off to make some felt and (excuse the pun) it felt so good! 🙂 The response to the hat class has been overwhelming, we only started advertising on Friday and already we are down to the last 5 spaces! Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest and/ or shared the link. If you are considering joining this class you might want to hop over to the FFS site ASAP. That said, if you miss out this time, don’t worry, the response has been so great we are already talking about running this class again towards the end of the year or early 2017.

Anyway, back to the felt… 🙂

The observant among you will notice that this hat is also based on the concertina theme,

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Catching up

It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted here; I had a lovely week of walking in North Devon followed by an inspiring 3 day workshop, making a seamless dress with Cristina Pacciani. Since returning, I have been furiously trying to finish the hat tutorials for the online workshop I will be hosting in August, in-between attending job interviews and completing a mountain of paperwork needed for my new day job.

I’m getting a bit stir-crazy, utterly desperate to make some felt but trying so hard to be good and remain focused on finishing the tutorials! It’s funny how not being allowed to make anything is making my creative juices flow faster, my sketchbook is now overflowing with ideas that I haven’t had time to bring to fruition. Once the tutorials are finished I foresee a massive spurt of felt-making before I start my new job on the 25th… 🙂

I will post more about the online workshop in a few days, once the finer details have been ironed out but in the meantime here is some eye candy from the last couple of weeks 🙂

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Ram-bling on

My other half is currently stuck in Toulouse, France, thanks to the almost weekly strikes that see all flights in and out of the country grounded (grrrr), it’s incredibly frustrating but it does mean I can play with my unwashed fleeces without complaints about the “sheepy smell” pervading the whole house 😉

Yesterday and today were spent working on a new ram hat, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about this one reminds me of black nosed Valais, may favourite breed of sheep, they are so cute I defy anyone to not love them:

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Valais Blacknose Sheep Swiss Breed - herd
Image from http://www.lazerhorse.org/2014/05/08/valais-blacknose-sheep/

Every time I pass this new hat I have to give it a little pat on the head 🙂

I have also been playing with some wool that came as a free “goody bag” from World of Wool, to be honest, the first one is not colours I would have chosen myself but I was curious to see what the pink and green stripey wool would look like when felted… it is a lot better than I expected!

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Illuminated Lion Fish

A few weeks ago I bought a selection of different LED lights to try out in felted lights and this week I made a start with the first of them, making and lion fish night-light.

I posted this picture on Facebook and really didn’t expect anyone to guess what it might turn into bu Judith got it in just 3 guesses!

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This is him in the making:

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And nearly finished, he just needs a little more fulling to make his spines stand up straight and some shaping around his mouth to give him his smile back:

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I have also been working on a bag, that had an unusual beginning; my other half broke an axe handle a few weeks ago and while he saw a piece of firewood, I saw a couple of bag handles! After some sanding and a few coats of varnish I think the wood has come up really nicely. I’m so glad I rescued it from the wood pile 🙂

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I’m not sure this is what Ann had in mind when she set the 2nd quarter, stash-busting challenge but I think up-cycling an old axe handle qualifies! 🙂

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