Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Off to London

Well, I'm off to London tomorrow. Visiting a friend and talking to her sewing club about selling their wears. Funny, I've sold a lot, but not through Etsy. I've learned a great deal in my years with the Feltmakers, so hopefully I'll be able to pass on some information that they can use.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Our first signs that winter is on it's way.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone has a great day!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Craft Show

Tribal Nuno Scarf.

For the past month or so, I've been getting ready for a craft show at the kids school. It's on Sunday the 30th. This week is photographing and pricing things.

This scarf is wool/silk with silk strands running in a trellis pattern across the front. I dyed the fibre and silk.

Silk ponge with a window pane of wool/silk. Whisper thin.

Mad Retro plaid print silk from the 60's found in a vintage fabric shop in NY years ago. It's a large wrap with orange wool panels to create a nuno felt effect.

Hand dyed silk ponge, wool and silk scarf in rust, plum and sand.

Aqua - SOLD
Floral Broaches.

Hand dyed wool/silk fibre with silk crepe strips are made into a sheer cobweb scarf.

More fibre that I dyed with a blossom edge.

Bangles galore!

Aqua/Brown - SOLD

Pink/Brown - SOLD

Pink/Green - SOLD
Now the key is selling them! Should be fun and they're really lovely

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Felt

I have done a bit of felt over the last few weeks. These are among the seasonal.
Giant Witch hat that was worn last night! Looks really good on.

Nuno Ghost. Layer of muslin and wool over plastic template. Worked on these two at the Zoo demonstration in early October. Kids loved them.

Little pumpkin never got filled with treats, but will also never go bad.
Hope you had a Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Going, Going, Gone

What a suprise! Before delivery to the Knitting and Stitching Show booth that they were intended for, I had sold 6 out of 11 of the dyed fibre. Need to dye some more before Saturday!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fibre to Dye For

Brown Blue Faced Leicester and Silk Mix overdyed with acid dyes.

White and Brown Blue Faced Leicester fibre

More of the white Blue Faced Leicester. Gorgeous fibre to spin and felt with.

Ready for the annual Knitting and Stitching Show this weekend in Dublin.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween at School

It's that time of year again. Costumes R' Us.
Time for the costume making to overtake the kitchen table. Several sewing machines, fabric, paint and total mayhem.

This year, after stories of long lost Halloween's of my childhood, the milk carton costume took hold of my son. So, here he is. Mad Cow Milk.

He was well loved by all the children in the yard and became the human bowling pin as the younger children trying to knock him over. No damage, but he was very disappointed that kids would try and ruin his costume after so much hard work. No noticeable damage thankfully as we still have another day to conquer before the recycling bin swallows it up.
Recyclable costume. Got to love that!

Avery decided to be the Japanese Geisha. After a redo of an adult bathrobe and a slim skirt, she was ready. There was no interest in having any makeup on, but somehow that morning I managed to convince her that it would look great and not itch.
Have to say, Utube has great videos of how to do Geisha hair and makeup.

We're all set for later this week.

Sunday, October 05, 2008


Not the normal blog tags (thankfully) but...

These little lovelies. I love Love it, love it. Great packaging and great products.

Extra cute holder for business cards. Coupons inside for my next order!

Great way to advertise or use as hang tags on crafts.

And you can upload up to 100 personal photos in your box of 100 cards. Wow! Now I know they've been around for a while, but I'm just getting around to ordering and getting them. Also took me several days to pick them up from the post office. I think our mail carrier waits until I leave before delivering packages. I'm sure I've seen him hiding out in the neighbors bushes just waiting! Maybe it me he doesn't like. Frightening woman in the red bath robe, hair that looks like tumbleweeds coming to the door. Yikes! Can't say I blame him, I guess!

Oh yeah, I got labels as well. Just cut and stitch. Love them too! They're from GB Name Tapes Ltd. in the UK.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fruity Pebbles

A total US breakfast cereal. Sugar coated lumps of processed flour, dyed with technicolor foodstuffs. Yum! Tied into the Flinstone's, Fred and Barnie gobbled it down by the barrel full. Every kid (most) loved it's sugary goodness, so to speak.

Hand dyed boucle that I picked up last time we were in the US. Really pretty. Only took 100 grams to make a good size shawl. Stocking stitch with an increase on both side of the right side rows. Garter stitch on the outside 3 stitches. US size 15 needles. Picot edge to finish it off.

I could say it was a quick knit, but I've been working on it for several months. Pick it up, knit a couple rows, put it away for a few weeks, pick it up again. Felt making, that's my excuse!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Before and After

Summer 07' we were in the states on holiday. We picked up a lot of stuff along the way that are scarce or really expensive in Ireland. Joann Fabrics has an amazing sale table. Bolts of silk crepe for $4.00 a yard. So what do you do? Buy it all!! Came home with Teal, Aqua, Purple, Hot Pink and the lovely Beige. Feltmakers always need silk for Nuno felt.

Kidding on the Beige. It reminds me of my first real pantyhose that I got when I was in Jr. High School. I was a real grown up. Suntan pantyhose. Ok, Nobody has a suntan that colour. But, in the case of silk, you can dye it!

Broke out the Food colouring. Cochineal, drop of Red and a bit of Blue. It's actually a deeper shade than the photo, but it's really pretty. I may overdye it again in blue. The Wensleydale roving or top felted in beautifully and really crinkles up. I didn't shrink in the length, so it about 2 yards long. Looking forward to a little cooler weather to wear it around my neck.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

To Market, To Market

Not to my market (Etsy), but to Diane. She's teaching a drop Spinning class in October in Galway for the Knitters Retreat. 50 grams each of Blue Faced Leicester fibre. This is gorgeous to spin and silky to felt. Anyway, off it went yesterday to 16 lucky spinners. Have fun.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Love

I find I'm really partial to certain colours. I can't remember ever liking pastels except when I lived in California and had a perpetual tan. Haven't had that for... Ok, more than I can remember.

Early in the summer, I found a pair of Plum sudo Burky type shoe. Very feminine with thin mauve elastic straps that cross over the top of the shoe. Cute!! High on the Squeal factor! Anyway, need something to wear with it. Got some fabric and made a jacket, shirt and skirt of a cool funky cotton/Lycra print. Again, not drawn to mauve, country pink, yuck!!

Yeah, well now I have a small wardrobe of mauve, dusty, faded type of colour mauve. Of course you need a hat for weddings, so I got out the white merino/silk fibre and the (what was I thinking 4 years ago) silk package of dusty mauves, grays, blues and made a hat.

Love the hat. Have worn it many times. Have had 2 woman offer to buy it off my head. Hate to see the hair underneath it! No, I really love my hat. And bracelet. And necklace. Oh well, you need accessories to go with shoes! Right?