Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Trip "Down South" to Visit Feltmaker Friends!

Ripe persimmon on a shibori placemat.


                                                         Cobalt blue glass...



                                                    ...and handmade quilts...

                                              ...adorn my friend, Lorin's studio.



                                                         Bookmaking tools...



                                                              ...and leather...



                                        ...develop into gorgeous finished samples.


                          
                                                  Spools of shimmery thread...


                                                       ...jars of bottle caps...



                                            ...and journals, all provide inspiration.



            Here, my friends Lorin and Kathy prepare signatures for their handmade books.



                                    Along with dabbling in bookmaking last week...

                                       ...I did manage to get a little felting done. 

                             Here's a shade, designed for Lorin's wooden lamp...

                                                  ...drying on a glass bottle.



                                             Since I was already in Tennessee...

                       ...it seemed a reasonable thing to make a side trip to Asheville, NC...

                                                  ...to visit my friend Paddy.



                                   Here, Lorin and Paddy enjoy a delicious lunch...

                                       ...at the terrific downtown eatery, Modesto.



                                                  For dinner that same day...

        ...we were treated to Paddy's splendid artichoke heart, sun dried tomato...

                                                      ...and pesto pizza!

                                          (Just look at my beautiful friends!)



                                                    Once back in Knoxville...

                                  ...we took a brisk morning walk through the city...



                                                 ...to visit the Sunsphere...

             ...site of the 1982 World's Fair and an engineering marvel at the time...

                         ...(according to Paddy's 99 year old father-in-law, Ridgeway...

                                             ...who had a hand in its creation)! 



                                        We also enjoyed a spectacular breakfast...



                                        ...including melt-in-your-mouth biscuits...

                                            ...and make-your-own omelets...



                                            ...in this charming Knoxville eatery...



                                                 ...The Tomato Head!! :)



                                             Thanks, again, Lorin, Kathy and Paddy!

                                               

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Roaring Twenties Cloche" (Red Version)- Part 2 of 2

Making rows of slits in the partially felted wool...


                            ...and trimming the bottom edge into individual teardrops...


                                              ...prior to completing the felting.



                                                     To me, the finished hat...




...has a rather '1920's' appearance...


                                              ...and despite its airy piercings...



                                                 ...it's quite a warm winter hat!



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Roaring Twenties Cloche" (Red Version)- Part 1 of 2

Applying fiber from a handmade batt...

...(prepared from wool roving plus dyed tussah silk)...


                                              ...to the surface of my resist.



                                 It's one that was modified from an earlier project...



                         ...in a way that would make a hat that's a bit more 'wearable'! :)



                                                     Wetting out the wool...



                                       ...and, after felting it to the pre-felt stage...

                                            ...making a slit to remove the resist.



                                Next time: more felting and a bit of 'carving' is done...

                                               ...and the hat is completed! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Polish Pottery" Table Topper- Part 2 of 2

After flipping the amoeba back to its 'all blue' side...


                                  ...white pre-felt circles are applied to the surface.



                                               Some rearranging is required...

                                   ...until all of them have found a proper 'home'. :)



                  A small dot of navy pre-felt is added to the center of each white circle...



                                              ...and the project is wetted out. 


                                
                                     I used white embroidery floss (all six strands)...



                                     ...to stitch a defining outline in the finished felt.



                                                  The back side of the piece...

                                   ...sports a 'blending mark' from each white circle.



                         The finished topper, side-by-side with its 'namesake' pottery.



                                        (Now you can see what I was aiming for!)






Friday, December 12, 2014

"Polish Pottery" Table Topper- Part 1 of 2

Laying out wool roving...


                                       ...and preparing a large, pre-felt rectangle.



                                 Here it is, drying, suspended from a long PVC pipe.



                               Cutting a double layer of navy blue commercial pre-felt...



                                                ...into an amoeba-like shape...



                ...and adding black wool roving to one side only (for added thickness).



                                     Tracing circles onto a piece of freezer paper...



                                   ...and ironing it onto my white, pre-felt 'yardage'.


                           The plastic side of the freezer paper sticks to the pre-felt...

                                   ...allowing clean shapes to be cut from it.

                                           Next time: the project takes shape!