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Friday, December 31, 2010

Giveaway of my Ebook on Felting Craft Gossip

Felting Craft Gossip is hosting a giveaway of my ebook.
Go to their page and read what to do so that you have a chance to win:

Friday, December 24, 2010

New ebook - Gorgeous Little Bags

As I have promised awhile ago, I have now finished my ebook with 5 tutorials for hand felted bags. I did my best to illustrate almost every step in the process and wish that those who buy it will learn a lot about feltmaking.
Until end of this month, the ebook is at a launch price of $15. After that it will be $20

You can buy it here:

Enjoy Christmas and make 2011 into a very inspiring and creative year.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The future of natural dyeing

Or is it the future of fashion? ( found this on India Flints blog): Read what designer Zac Posen says

Friday, December 3, 2010

Modern Japanese Temari

Temari is the ancient Japanese folk art of silk embroidered thread balls, originally made by noble women from silken threads pulled from old kimonos. Used originally hundreds of years ago for child's play, today the art of temari is becoming more regarded around the world.

When discovering julieandco on etsy, I was really amazed by her beautiful geometric work. These embroidered thread balls are a great gift idea.


Julie has four daughters and has been a homeschool mom for almost 19 years!

She says: "It's hard to believe it's been that long! I have graduated two girls already and have yet a 16 year old and 13 year old at home. I love my husband of 26 years and love being a stay at home mom. Having an Etsy shop is wonderful and I love making and selling my Japanese temari thread balls. They have a really neat history (see item listings for more info) and I am fascinated with the geometry, symmetry and color combinations you can make with them. I have sold temari all over the US and the globe....including Ireland, the UK, Norway, France, Canada and even the Yukon Territory near Alaska."


Julie recently opened a fiber art and wool felting shop on etsy as well: julieandco2.etsy.com


And while you are checking out her shops, you might as well have a peek at her daughters' shop: LaurelMae.etsy.com filled with their amazing art.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Is silk eco friendly?

As with all fibres, there is often a debate about how environmentally friendly they are. I found this article on the site of Beautiful Silks, my supplier for silk, talking about silk and soy silk:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Life as an artist

I found this on twitter today:
There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it - Henry Moore

Totally true for me. I can't stop creating.

Here is a new one out of recycled fabric:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

More dye experiments

Next to my market stall at the Port Douglas market, there is a tree that intrigued me. It dropped beautiful red leaves as well as yellow and green leaves at about 6 months ago. So I decided to do eco print samples with the green leaves and the red ones, of course, hoping that I would get a beautiful red. I know it doesn't work like that though. I don't know the name of the tree but someone told me it is called dead horse tree. I cannot find a tree named like that, so it is probably some local common name. The name comes from the fact that the blossoms smell like a dead animal. Anyway, I show the results of my dyeing here, I did them 6 months ago and they have become darker since. The photos are taken a few days ago. I haven't added any iron, just alum.

red leaves

green leaves

green leaves and lemon

As I said, the colours were very pale in the beginning and they gradually became darker. I have seen that more with the eco dyeing. I have it with another piece, I will make photos and post it as well.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mangosteen skins on cotton

Here is a dye sample with mangosteen skins. The mangosteen skins were hammered onto the cotton when they were still fresh.More about dyeing with mangosteen skins:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Rainbow Palette

A great article about a small business in natural dyeing in handeye magazine.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Small Felted Handbags and Purses

I have been in a bag making mood lately and made several little felt bags. They are all made in one piece with the resist technique.

A tutorial for how to make them will follow.

Find them in my etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lizetfrijters?section_id=5803390

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Colours of an Ocean Sunset

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

The magical one hundred

When I looked at my page at facebook yesterday, 100 people liked my page. Today, 100 are following my blog. Thanks everyone for staying in touch.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Reef Fantasy

"Reef Fantasy" is the third work for the Go Tropo exhibition "Destination Paradise". Tomorrow night is the opening night.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Second work for Go Tropo

Here are a few photos of my nuno felt shawl for the Go Tropo exhibition.

I've made another shawl before, called Forest Floor, so this is number 2

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Go Tropo

I am finally ready with my 3 pieces for the go tropo exhibition in Port Douglas, "Destination Paradise" October 22 - October 31

Here are the artists who will show their work in this exhibition:


First of my pieces is "Beach Tunic"

Doesn't Freia look wonderful in it? It turned out smaller than it meant to be and fits her perfectly.

I will post photos of my other work in the coming days.

Friday, October 8, 2010

We are endangered.....help save us, please

I love this treasury, made by hrt2hand, showing a few of the endangered species, that we need to protect, and there are many more...
I am proud to be included in it with my coral wall hanging.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Here I am again

Two months have passed without even posting a word or a picture on my blog. Well life happens. We moved house, we were involved in the 10th Australasian Permaculture Convergence and all this took my focus off somewhere else.
I have been making some stuff though in between all the rest.
Here are a few of my new pieces:

"Frangipane" Nuno Felt shawl ( sold)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Rusty Purples - an Etsy Treasury

I am so stunned to be included in this beautiful treasury, the colours are amazing: I love them. It gives a different look to all the items to see them grouped together like this. Well done lillya

You can visit all the items and the shops included here:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Time goes fast

I was just looking at the date of my last post and realised that it is a while ago. Well, maybe that means that I am very busy creating. Yes, indeed. I am selling lots at the local Port Douglas markets and need to constantly make more stock.
I have been making lots of nuno felt scarves, nuno felt tops and rust tunics. I started making my silky nuno felt ponchos again, because they are so popular. People love them and I get a lot of positive comments on my natural colours as well, which is encouraging.
I really enjoy the dyeing on the moment and love to experiment with it.
I will post some more photos of my work soon.


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