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Friday, December 26, 2008

New Shawls

After some serious struggling with internet access, I finally could add some pieces to my etsy shop.

I have been making some shawls that I'm really proud of.


I liked to picture the foaming waves in the ocean near the beach. I used silk chiffon and also some knitted white cotton to achieve that. I wanted the silk to ruffle so that there would me more life into it. This happened naturally during the felting process.

go to ocean scarf on etsy


This shawl was really playing at good luck and see what the outcome would be. I used silk for this nuno felted piece and 2 thin layers of wool, one on each side. I played with colours and added some fabrics and lace. This is the outcome.

This shawl has been sold.


This time I took my leftovers from other projects and felted them all together in this one shawl. It was very experiental and totally unpredictable, as every part reacted differently to the felting process.

go to royal grace shawl on etsy

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Embossed Copper Flower

Marta had been doing a lot of artwork during her childhood and did rediscover art in her adult years. Now she is having a lovely time making paintings and drawings. She also loves playing with shapes and textures; the copper flower is a good example of both: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9797233

She makes a lot of Art Cards, Editions and Originals, in short called ACEO. These cards are the size of a trading card, 2.5" x 3.5". Art Cards have been traded among artists for some time. They have become more and more popular, and now ACEOs are available for sale to collectors who wish to buy them. Art Cards are highly collectable and affordable mini-masterpieces. They enable art collectors to own a large variety of art from around the world.

She loves to share her techniques with other people on her blog http://sebentamarta.blogspot.com

where she gives step by step instructions about techniques used in her work.

Her etsy shop: http://martaharvey.etsy.com

Monday, November 17, 2008

Magic Yellow Cosmos

The flowers of yellow cosmos are not only a beauty in the garden, they also yield a variety of vibrant colours.

I'll give a short overview of a few colours you can achieve with this wonderful flowers.

The yellow and orange flowers both give the same results. I haven't tried other cosmos.

The wool is first mordanted with alum. A mordant is needed to fix the dye to the fibers. I use the natural rock alum, I am lucky to have a supplier in this area.

After boiling the flowers in water, I put the wool in the dyebath and let it boil until desired colour intensity. This will give a yellow colour.

Now the fun starts. We can modify the yellow colour in many different ways:

-soak in water with vinegar: the colour will turn more into a lemon yellow.

-soak in water with soda: this yields a bright orange.

-soak in rusted nail water (this is obtained by putting rusted nails in water and vinegar for at least a few days): you'll get an olive green.

-soak in rested nail water, rinse and soak in soda water: the wool becomes rust brown to dark warm brown.

I only use natural and non toxic ingredients in my natural dye techniques. This keeps it safe for me and for the planet.

One of my result with yellow cosmos dyes:

Sunday, November 16, 2008


This work is a sunset at the sea with a few coconut palms in the foreground.

I felted this wall panel to depict the silence and peace on a quiet evening on the beach with the only sound the waves and the wind in the palm leaves.

The wool has been dyed with onion skins and yellow cosmos flowers, both mordanted with alum and some have been treated afterwards with soda or iron water (rusted nails in water) or a combination of the 2 methods to give a range of different yellows, oranges and browns. The finishing touch was done with stitching.

silence detail

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Seasonal Dilemma

It is getting hotter here, in the tropics of Far North Queensland and working with wool makes it even warmer.

Visitors at the market tell me that it is too hot to even look at wool.

So, I started to list winter items in my etsy shop, hoping they will find a new owner in a cold country, while focusing on other local projects.

Time for a change! I am ready to change direction with my business, so it's all fitting in perfectly.

I will still be making felt clothing and also extend my creativity in other areas, something I have been willing to do for years.

I will upload some photos of my wall hangings that I made in the past in a next post.

The challenge with clothing is often the sizes. And because I make mainly one off pieces, I need the right person with the right size who likes the right colour and in in the right season and possibly in the right mood!....

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sno Globe, the spirit of winter.

Isn't this piece amazing!

Hand crafted by Karina of The SecretNest it is definitely a one off sculpture, using mixed media.

It brings a warm feeling, right what you need if you're experiencing winter on the moment.

Karina likes making sculptures that invoke the spirit of different seasons and/or geographical locations. This one is of course all about winter. She is very drawn to color, but sometimes She just loves using an all-white palette.

Find out more about Sno Globe.

Friday, October 10, 2008

New camera and new computer

We have a new camera, so we can start making photos again of my recent work. And we'll get another computer next week, so I can list new items in my etsy and dawanda shops. Be on the lookout!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Etsy shop going again

Here are some of the pieces that are in my etsy shop:




Thursday, September 18, 2008

Back again...

Now that I am catching up with my orders, I have time to write again. I am slowly filling up my etsy shop and also started a newsletter for those who like to know more about my work and arts and crafts in general. You can sign up at this blog or at my site, http://lizetfrijters.com

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The winner

The free card game goes to Audra Marie. Congratulations! I am sure you and your children will enjoy it.
I thank everyone for your lovely comments, I really enjoyed reading them all.

And because I design co-operative games and choose for win win solutions, I have decided to offer something to everyone who participated.
You (only people who entered) need to send me an email before May 15th:

please put bloggy carnival giveaway fun in the subject line.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bloggy carnival giveaway fun

I am participating in the bloggy carnival giveaway and the prize that I'm offering is one of my card games Living Landscapes.
You can find the item in my etsy shop following this link:

To enter you need to leave a comment to this article telling me why you would like to win this prize. Anyone worldwide can join in and the shipping for this item will be free for the winner.
The winner will be drawn on Saturday April 26th around 5pm australian eastern time.
To see what you can win on other blogs, go to:

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Is bamboo fiber eco-friendly?

When searching the internet for bamboo fabric, I came across a few very interesting articles about bamboo fiber used for clothing.
I like to share this and I am very interested to find more information about this.
I love bamboo and I think it is a very sustainable resource. However the processing doesn't seem to make it that way.
You can read the articles:
in the green guide
in green living online
on the organic clothing blog: this is a very detailed information.

Any comments and more info on this topic are welcome.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


I have lots of scarves, ponchos and kids vests for sale.

Visit my etsy shop and my dawanda shop to see the sale items.

Monday, February 4, 2008

WEARABLES WITH CHARACTER – Enchanted Gypsy fiber art.

Featuring EnchantedGypsy

They are a nomadic family of two adults, one newborn and five birds travelling the states in a veggie fueled solar powered house bus. Their work reflects their nomadic lifestyle: fiber work in felt. It really is work from the heart.

Wet Felted Boots -- Plant Dyed (Photo below)
These wet felted, were made using organic, locally purchased sheeps wool, dyed with natural plant dyes. They are extremely durable and amazingly warm. They can be worn outdoors in dry or even damp woodland areas much like leather mocasins.

The outer edge of the design is trimed in handspun and dyed purple yarn.
Wet felting is a traditional and ancient artform, used by nomadic people to make tents (gers or yurts), rugs, carpets, shoes and clothes.

More about this item: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9149471

Their etsy shop is well worth a visit: www.EnchantedGypsy.etsy.com

Sunday, February 3, 2008

WEARABLES WITH CHARACTER - treehouse 28 ~ custom clothing for women

Featuring Alix from treehouse 28

Alix designs stylish clothing from scratch while incorporating her passion for uniqueness, beauty, simplicity and comfort.

If you like one of her designs, she will custom make it for you.
I like this one: hemp ruffled skirt.

The ruffles can be worn in front or in the back. In this picture it is worn in the back. It is an easy fit with a delicate drawstring waist and has a slight asymetrical hemline.

Cute worn with colored tights for the fall!

Made in hemp, a very sustainable plant fiber.

To read more about this skirt: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9157437

Check out her shop: www.treehouse28.etsy.com

Saturday, February 2, 2008

WEARABLES WITH CHARACTER - Handwoven by Kristin Kelley

Featuring Kristin from SKIINGWEAVER

I can see that Kristin loves her weaving. She uses her own intricate designs to transform lovely eco-friendly yarn into scarves with their own identity.

Check out her beautiful work:

This handwoven bamboo scarf is soft and very drapable, this scarf would suit either a man or a woman.

It is woven in a structure that is not commonly available in commercial fabrics, which makes it a unique piece.

This scarf is made in bamboo yarn.

The bamboo plant is the fastest growing woody plant on earth. Bamboo groves are planted and harvested within three years, and no pesticides or chemicals are used on the plants, making this fiber not only ecologically sound but also sustainable.

The process of spinning the yarn from the bamboo creates a lovely sheen in the yarn, which has the softness of silk or cashmere and wonderful drapability. Textiles created from bamboo yarn are lightweight enough to be cool in the summer but also warm in the winter. They even have antibacterial properties that last through several wash cycles!

For further description of this scarf: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8692462

Please visit her shop for more pieces: www.skiingweaver.etsy.com

And her blog: http://skiingweaver.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 1, 2008

WEARABLES WITH CHARACTER - Handmade Furry Fairy and Elf Hats

Featuring Drew from FAIRYTALEFIBERS

Aren’t they lovely and cuddly, these hoods? They are made in 100% upcycled wool, protecting you and the environment.

Sustainable Fairy Hood in patchy Black and Light Green:

This hood acts as both a Hat and Scarf!
If you get too warm, it flips down like a Hood.
You can even tie the scarflette behind your back so you can dance all night and still have your hat in the morning!
An added bonus is that you won’t get saturated no matter how torrential the downpour!
You can even tie the tails to make a Satchel to forage for treasure while romping through the urban forest...

More about this item: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9165650

Make sure you visit her etsy shop: www.fairytalefibers.etsy.com

Thursday, January 31, 2008

WEARABLES WITH CHARACTER - Art For Your Head and Body with a focus on ATTITUDE!

Featuring Rachel from DREAMWOVEN.

Eclectic is how she describes herself. She seems like a busy bee to me, expressing herself in a very creative way, resulting in extraordinary pieces and I bet they are warm and soft!

I love her style. Check it out:

Art For Your Head "Graciela"

A freeform creation done with a combination of techniques.... felting (fulling), knitting, crocheting, handspinning. She handspun this yarn from some beautiful handdyed yarns and the felted portion is a blend of wool/alpaca.

This is a two piece ensemble... dramatic but with much attitude! It is warm but light weight, funky but elegant. Read more:


Please visit her etsy shop for more of her creations: www.dreamwoven.etsy.com

and her blog; www.dreamwoven.blogspot.com

Friday, January 25, 2008

My Dawanda shop

Check out this item in my dawanda shop

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A fun way to design your garden

I am an avid gardener, always keen to learn more, either from other people or from my own observations.

Starting a garden can bring about many questions, and to be able to fully enjoy it there is usually a lot to consider, especially if we aim for a sustainable garden. Getting the most out of our garden is easier if we design it well.

In such a sustainable garden design, we ask more why, how, how many, what, where, when… questions and than consider the connections between all of them. Or maybe we just have different reasons to take certain actions.

Many times I have immersed myself in projects without thinking profoundly about what I really wanted to achieve, and of course I ended up not getting what I needed. Planning beforehand is so rewarding though, and will diminish the hard work.

There are many different ways of designing your garden. It is helpful to become familiar with the place around you. We can use all our senses; most people however have a preference for one or a few.

Look around, what do you see? Observe what is already there, before you start a big clean up. What resources can you find and use right on the spot? Listen to the noises and smell the fresh air, the plants and flowers. Touch the plants and the leaves. And then smell everything.

Touch, smell and feel the soil. What does it look like? Sit down, close your eyes and visualise your garden the way you wish for it to be. All these observations can bring us creative ideas and are a great help in the design process.

Now you are ready to go into action. Take pencil and paper and jot down all your needs. Let your imagination flow to the full. Think of food sources, materials for clothing or furniture, privacy needs or the beautiful flowers that will spread their fragrance throughout your backyard and make it a paradise for the butterflies of the area.

After that, write down all the possible ways for these needs to be fulfilled. Make sure that you find more than one way to provide for your need. For example, if you need building materials, you can plant timber, bamboo, dig for earth or grow grain and use the straw in your building. If you eat a lot of fruit, plant different species and varieties, this will spread your harvest. Manure, legumes, mulch, compost and many other sources, can provide fertiliser.

You will now probably see the connections between all the elements that you want to put into your garden. Choose the appropriate place for your vegetables, buildings, orchard, and grain crops. Draw your design on a map if you like. You will find that it becomes clearer how your garden will look, and where to start.

Permaculture delves very deeply into every detail of the design and I really like this approach. I started thinking in a whole new way after doing my permaculture design course.

I have developed a tool that can help to make the designing stage more fun. It is a card game and each time I play it with someone, so many ideas come up. It brings about a lot of discussion, different each time, depending on the personalities and desires of the players. You can find out more about the game here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I was featured on

http://parischicboutique.blogspot.com/ yesterday.
Check it out here

Monday, January 7, 2008

A glimps of my felt art wearables

white silk felt poncho ©Lizet Frijters

white cotton felt top ©Lizet Frijters

water reflections ©Lizet Frijters

sunset in the jungle ©Lizet Frijters

Friday, January 4, 2008

Featured artists

Modern Japanese Temari by Julieandco
Etsy Finds - Dust team - Freeform
A few of my favorite ornaments on etsy.
Etsy Finds - Dust team: paintings
Etsy Finds - Dust team: necklaces
Botanical Jewelry from TabMade
Sheteam challenge april 2009: Rain
Recycled artworkbyKD
Highland Fairy chooses organic shopping
Sebentamartha with the embossed copper flower
TheSecretNest; sno globe, the spirit of winter
Enchanted Gypsy Fiber art
Treehouse28 custom clothing for women
Hand woven by Kristin from Skiingweaver
Fairytalefibers Furry Fairy and Elf Hats
Dreamwoven Art for your head and body

Articles about me

I have been featured on the following blogs:

On Jenjie's Crafty Stuff's blog.

On Handmade Unique in http://handmadeunique.blogspot.com/2009/09/unique-texture-gorgeous-forest-floor.html

On What does the golden mean? in Gift Given through the Zodiac - Gemini

On Highland Fairy in Organic shopping.

On the eco etsy blog: Themed nomination winners - longing for the ocean

On Paris Chic Boutique: all things soft - doux - and cuddly

Felt tutorials

If you would like to learn more about feltmaking than follow the links below:

What is felt, an overview.

How to make a piece of felt.

Lizet's fiber art

Here you can find all the posts about my own work:

Three beautiful shawls are gone

Cherry Red - Felt Art Shawl

Forest Floor - Felt Art Shawl

Batwings - Purple Felt Art Shawl, Skirt and Top all in one.

Going green for mothers day

My first sale on Artfire.

Just ducky - April challenge of the EtsyFast Street Team

Butterfly flight - Felt art shawl

Reverse Circles - Felt art shawl

Snow Crystals - Felt art shawl is gone.

Eco Fashion in the spotlight

Blue green coral scarf.

Coral, a textile mixture.

More sales.

Three beautiful pieces found a new owner.

Handy handbag gone.

New shawls.


Seasonal dilemma.

Etsy shop going again.

My dawanda shop.

A glimps of my felt art wearables.


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