Monday, May 25, 2015

Thirty Minute Fur Wrap


It started with an amazing sale at Michael's Canada.  $1.99 for a 100gram skein of Premier Yarns Starbella Arctic.  I scooped up 7 skeins, and decided to use it to "arm knit" a thick wrap.  How to arm knit:  check out this or other youtube videos

 Yarn:  Starbella Arctic, or other furry or fuzzy super bulky yarn.  Artic is actually a thick ruffle style yarn, but looks great when arm knitted.
Gauge - unimportant.

"Cast on" 10 stitches, and arm knit until last skein is 2/3 done (I was getting about 1/3 skein per row).  Cast off.
Use a shawl pin to hold the wrap closed! 
This took me 30 minutes to knit and cost $14!
 Beautiful!  The edge of netting, usually used to knit through gives a nice texture to the fur stitches.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Panoply Conference

My nuno felt workshop took a road trip to Burlington, Ontario, where the Ontario Spinners and Weavers were hosting a three day conference.  They wanted a few other techniques for their members to try, and invited me to do a half day scarf workshop!
Here is half my gear rolling into the room.

Here we see one of the eight students, laying out the beautiful fibres onto the bed of silk chiffon.
 Another layout in amazing colours.
 Busy learning the joys of nuno felting!
 They even tackled the hard physical work with humour and grace.  I attempted to entertain with stories of large and unexpected felting successes.
 And after three hours each of them had a unique and completed scarf to wear home (although they were a bit damp).
 They are much more impressive in person, as the photos do not show all the textural details that you would see, and the way they float around when worn.
 Later in the evening, there was a fashion show, and a few of my pieces found their way in!  Here, a model really shows off the volume and the float of the soft nuno felt coat.
 A model in the black and red vest.
 Also very warm in the burgundy winter coat.
 And the finale of the show, my butterfly coat, worn by a delightful gentleman, who swooped around like batman and showed how big and dramatic this piece can be!
 Movement!
I had such fun with this group, and everything was well organized, with enthusiastic attendees, and energetic volunteers.  I thank them all for the opportunity to be involved.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Butterfly Project

It starts with sheer silk chiffon in white, dyed a beautiful orange.

Then the sketches, and measurements.
Here is the bodice layout.  Fine black merino, orange merino and silks.
The black "scarf" that becomes the draping neckline.
Four pieces of wings, and more black for the back.
Measurements dialed into the dressmakers dummy....
and the final results, a lovely monarch has emerged.

It moves like air.  Stunning!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Art Gallery Installation


My Puesta de Sol (sunset in spanish) wet nuno felt art piece is now hanging in the Art Gallery of Burlington (Ontario).  It will be part of the Panorama of the Americas exhibit in the Community Gallery until May 24.  Please visit the gallery if you are near Burlington.  It is the first time I have been there, and it is a huge and varied gallery with some amazing art of all mediums!
 My entry won an award that will be presented at the Panoply - a Pan American Celebration of our Fibre Craft Heritage conference May 22 - 24, where I will also be teaching a workshop for nuno felt scarves.  The workshop is full, but I made some wonderful new friends at the gallery, and will be organizing several new workshops in the near future.
 My fish in the room of weaving and knitting and tapestry.
You can walk all around Puesta de Sol, and see all the details.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amazing Experience


Pamela's, my lovely shop in Jordan Village, was featured in a local fashion show, raising funds for local women's charities.  The host for the fashion show was the wonderful Lynn Spence (fashion expert from Cityline).  She is as amazing in person as she is on TV.   Lynn came to all the shops personally to choose the fashions that were featured, and when she was in Pamela's she saw my  nuno-felt coats.  She chose two to be toppers over outfits, and asked me if I had a light colour one for her to wear as she hosted the event!
I was honoured with the request, and brought the rose-grey (the one from my etsy site).  She wore it over a black dress, and you can see how great it looked on Lynn!
 Backstage in the prep area.
 Lynn with me backstage.  What a wonderful, inspiring lady.  Thank you Lynn.
The coat is still available on etsy if you would like a "famous" piece of nuno-felt wearable art!  (upper right corner of the blog).     Sorry this one is now SOLD!  Custom order one in YOUR favourite colours!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Colours available on Etsy for the Home Workshops!


Here are two more colours of home workshop scarves available on Etsy.....
Hit on the link at the top right (the butterfly coat) to jump into my etsy site.
The workshop kit includes everything you need to complete the scarf, except water, towels, dishsoap, and a dryer.  All instructions in a 21 page colour photo booklet are included, and I am only an email away for help....   Dare yourself to learn this amazing craft!



Black, brown, and now purple kits are in stock.  More to come, or just email me with a colour you like.  I am sure I can build a kit for you.   :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

New! Workshop KIT for sale on Etsy


I have fielded many emails asking for a tutorial or workshop or instruction kit to make my nuno felt scarves, since most of you do not live near enough to attend my workshops in person.  So after much compiling of photos and instructions I came up with this.  A kit to complete a scarf, start to finish, no experience necessary.  After teaching so many students this technique, I think I have answered all the questions, and have enough photos, that it will be like I am standing over your shoulder! 
The other thing about this tutorial, material kit, is that all YOU will need are things already in your home!  Towels, water, dish soap, and a Dryer (must have a NO HEAT setting).
Here is the kit.  It includes 21 pages of instruction and photos. A base of chiffon silk, sourced from vintage saris.  Merino roving in main and contrast colours, contrast silk fabric with some beading already on it for embellishment, and some various fibres and yarns that finish the details.  Also plastic sheeting, poly sheer fabric, a water bottle with holes already drilled, and some ties to roll up your work.
 Below are (left to right) the bottle and plastic wrap, chiffon silk, merino rovings, embellished silk and fibres. 

 You will end up with a 5 foot by 15 inch nuno felt scarf, like this one.
 Here is a view of the details, front and back.
To get your own workshop, hop over to my Etsy site (upper right of blog), and choose a colour family that suits you.  I have the brown and wine up right now, and will add several other colours over the next few days.
Happy felting!