Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2 Daughters + 2 Felted Projects

Laying out her bird design with sari silk bits and pencil roving.

 


H's finished pillow.

 


Laying out her scarf with striped silk and a glitzy art batt.

 


L's finished scarf.

 


Two of my daughters made projects in June...

...for which I was merely consultant and occasional assistant! Grin.

H wanted to make an accent pillow for her dorm room...

...and decided to use pencil roving and sari silk waste for the design.

She is a wonderful representational artist with a sure style and process...

...so I mostly kept well out of her way! :)

Unfortunately, she didn't take into account the need for a border around her design...

...and she's a little disappointed that the beak seems to disappear into the pillow edge...

...but I think it's quite nice.

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My other daughter wanted to try a quick project, and travels a lot...

...in fact, she's been in Norway the entire month of July with a group of young children at a 'peace camp'.

(You can imagine how my heart skipped a beat last week when I first heard the news...

...and although I now know that she and all of her charges are safe...

...how I grieve for those other children and families!)

She thought that a nuno scarf would be a fun and useful thing to try...

...and she chose the striped silk that I used for this messenger bag.

She added fiber from a wonderful art batt that my friend, Linda, brought me when she visited...

...and made a quite festive and feminine scarf.

I think that the rather stiff texture of the striped silk that leant itself so well to the bag...

...resulted in a scarf that feels a little 'crunchy'...

...but it is lovely, and it will be quite nice in the fall, wrapped around the collar of a thin jacket.

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19 comments:

Kelly said...

I see they are both just as talented as their mom!

Sometimes being a mom is very scary when you know you cannot keep your kids safe and protected from the sometimes scary reality of life. I'm glad she is safe, as I know you are!!
Hugs!!!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Kelly. You're right...it CAN be very frightening to be a mom. I've had to learn to trust in 'grace' as my children have gotten older, and
not to think too much about the 'what ifs'.
When tragedies like this occur, though, I do feel as if everything good in my life truly hangs by a string... and it makes me a bit fearful.

WonderWhyGal said...

I agree with Kelly. The projects are beautiful as, I am sure, are the young ladies who made them. I am learning that the best protection we can give our children is to teach them all that we can, including love, as they are growing. They are our precious gift to the world.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Andrea..you're so right. XXO-

vilterietje said...

love both the pillow and scarve!
can imagine you got scared and must be very thankful to have your daughter home safely.
we all grieve for the many victims.
love, riet

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Riet! XXO-

Voie de Vie said...

Ha! Chips off the parental artistic block! Those projects are wonderful ... and especially like the pillow.

I have been impressed with Norway's collective response - don't let fear get a grip. I was thrilled when the death toll went down!

Cheers my friend -

Heather Woollove said...

Yes, Denise--Keep Calm and Carry On, Eh? :) XXO-

Dawn Edwards said...

I love that you share this wonderful creative felting passion with your daughters. Your enthusiasm is contagious.

Your daughters are so blessed to have such a loving, caring mom.

Hugs,
Dawn

Heather Woollove said...

Awwwww, Dawn...thank you...but I am the one who is blessed! L arrives home today from Norway, and I don't think I'm gong to stop hugging her until Saturday! :)

Deneen said...

Yes, I saw the bag on Denise's blog and not Kathryn's and it's awesome.

Wonderful, gorgeous projects and I can't wait to get started. I am going slowly and felting up some soap I have first.

Baby steps, but loving all the inspiration you share.

Deneen said...

It WAS Denise's blog I saw the bag, not Kathryn's and it's gorgeous.

Wonderful projects by your daughters.

I have decided to felt some soaps to get started, baby steps here, but you are inspiring.

Question, you mentioned in an email-"fulled", but you called it "felted" here, please help me with this. I have gone round and round, as have others; is it fulled or felted?

Heather Woollove said...

Deneen--When you knit or crochet something out of wool and then make it smaller in hot water (or even shrink a wool sweater by accident), that's 'fulling'.
When you make wet-felted things from wool roving or raw fiber, they are usually both felted and fulled (unless you're making pre-felt, which is only felted, but not fulled).
Fulling is the last step of the felting process when the fibers lock down into their finished form. Even if a wet felted piece has been fulled to complete it, felters would still call the finished piece 'felted'.
Any clearer yet? :)

Rachel said...

Yes, delightful. And I'm so pleased to hear your daughter is safe!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Thanks! Yes...it's so good to be with her!

Sandie Knapp said...

Both of your daughters did themselves very proud with their lovely items. The bird pillow is totally adorable, and the scarf is beautifully done. I notice you also made another gorgeous bag, a little further down the page. It seems the entire family are becoming quite skilled at this felting process, and how great that must be for you, sharing this with them. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--They'll do a project a couple of times a year, but they're not what you'd call 'felt enthusiasts'! :)

FeltersJourney said...

Heather I can imagine how scared you were - thank goodness she is ok!
Both girls have created beautiful pieces of art! .. I love the birdie :)
xx

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--Yes...she was home one day and is already away again on a short trip. I cannot keep this particular child in one place for very long! Grin.