Thursday, December 31, 2009
I wish everyone a creative and inventive 2010, a smile for every new beginning and gratefulness for what we achieved so far.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I recently added two wet felting tutorials to my etsy shop:
The first: how to make a wet felted “WILD NATURE” scarf. This tutorial is suitable for beginners.
It is an easy and fast method to make a scarf and also an excellent idea to make one as a present for a friend or family member.
Wild Nature scarf tutorial on etsy
The second one that I have for sale in my etsy shop is a Silky Nuno Felted Poncho. This tutorial is suitable for all levels.
The technique is explained by easy step by step instructions, accompanied by lots of images.
The project can be done with very simple equipment, which you probably have already available in your house.
Silky Nuno Felted Poncho on etsy
Both tutorials are available in PDF version. The techniques are explained through easy step by step instructions, accompanied by lots of images.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The ribbons are cut offs from industrial weaving.
They are a nice addition to your evening outfit.
Purple freeform lace felt art shawl:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Before dyeing fibres, whether it is for natural or synthetic dyes, we will need to scour them. This means, we need to clean them properly so that there are no residues of grease, dirt or chemicals left. If there is dirt left in the fibres, the dyes will stick to the dirt and will disappear with washing them afterwards or give your hands a nice, but often undesirable colour.
For raw uncarded wool straight from the fleece, I soak it for several hours and keep repeating it as long as a lot of dirt comes out (note: you can use this rinsing water for your plants, it is rich in nitrogen). Now add dishwashing liquid to the water and let it soak for a while. You might have to do that a few times and rinse it well afterwards, until the water becomes clean. Be wary to never pouring hot water onto the fibres or handle them roughly , because the wool might start to felt.
Wool slivers are cleaned, washed and carded, so there is no real need to go through this whole process. You will still need to soak them in clean water before mordanting or dyeing. The only risk with the slivers is that they can have residues of chemicals in them, which might interfere with the dyeing. This is one of the many reasons to use organic wool slivers, that have been processed without chemicals.
Silk fibres or fabrics need to be gradually brought to just under the boiling temperature and kept at that temperature for 1 hour. Boiling can damage the fibres. If the silk has not be de-gummed yet, it needs to be heated up with dishwashing liquid. Repeat this process until the silk doesn't feel sticky anymore.
Vegetable fibres, such as cotton, hemp and linen need to be boiled off with washing soda for 1 hour. If the fibres are new and still have wax in them, you will see the water turn yellow to light brown. In that case it could be safe to repeat the process. If you need to prepare a lot of fabric, you can put it in the washing machine at the highest temperature, close to the boiling temperature and add the washing soda to it.
When the fibres are well clean, they can be used for dyeing.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Here they are:
Unique felt art vest:
Moonlight - Felt art vest:
Pink Sunset - Felt art vest:
Violet felt vest:
Palm Tree felt art vest:
Orange and brown vest:
Friday, October 30, 2009
It is full of original felt items. Thanks to nothingbutstring for including my "Swirls and Curls - Blue Felt Art Shawl"
Monday, October 26, 2009
Renate Kirkpatrick makes beautiful freeform crochet wearables and accessories. It is so hard to choose which photo to choose out of her shop, so maybe visit her shop to see more of her work. Here is an image of her “Chocolate Box”, a Freeform Cushion Cover:
Created through collaboration between the artist and nature, this unique vessel is designed to preserve its natural grains and is now awaiting a new home to be admired for its natural beauty.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Visit Anasousa's shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5024568
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I came across a few beautiful necklaces today and thought I might as well share them.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
You can find more felted legged sea creatures on etsy lounge's octopus' garden.
I had a very close look on this blog. I enjoyed admiring all the amazing work on etsy, beautifully arranged in very interesting themes.
Monday, October 12, 2009
This purple nuno felt art shawl is very light and has 3 violets felted in it. It was dyed with natural dyes, logwood purple and brazilwood.
This is one of my freeform felt art shawls, incorporating different silk and recycled cotton fabrics.
The wool and the silk are dyed with indigo and mango leaves, the purple wool and silk were dyed with logwood purple.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here is the link for the treasury, it will only be up until Friday, October 9 2009, so be quick for a visit: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=70789
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I love this one, especially the warm colour.
I arranged different pieces of nuno felt and stitched them together in a balanced way. It always takes a lot of time to find the right place for a particular piece of felt.
Awesome and it lends itself to many different occasions.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The handmade vintage zipper circle necklace by greeneyedgirlshop is so inventive and unusual. It is made from recycled vintage zippers, as the name of the piece explains.
Autumn leaves is a handmade Irish crochet and Victorian beaded style bracelet. It is made
Another stunning and one of a kind beaded necklace is Rage of the Seraphs by DantesSpirit.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I am so happy that my Forest Floor shawl is coming a lot in the spotlight.
Today, I am featured on Handmade Unique blog.
Here is the link:
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I have been busy locally and did not take much time for blogging or internet in general for a few months now.
Today, I listed a new item "Forest Floor", a nuno felted and hand sculpted felt art shawl.
You can find more details in my etsy shop:
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This pink and purple cotton nuno felted poncho is my latest listing on etsy.
You can see it at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27802014
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I just found out that I am featured with my Butterfly Flight Felt Art Shawl on the blog "what does the golden mean?"
Morgen has written an interesting article about gemini and how to choose a special gift for them.
You can read the post here:
Morgen is a textile artist interested in traditional and cultural designs.
Check out her etsy shop here:
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Batwings can be used as a shawl, a skirt or a top.
This piece is made from hand felted organic merino wool pieces and nuno felted pieces embellished with fluffy cotton ribbon. Everything is dyed with natural dyes.
For more images and to buy this item go to my etsy shop.