Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
The first stop on my trip was the Weaver Orchard for fresh produce and home made warm cider donuts for breakfast.
|Shady Maple Smorgasbord|
|The Old Country Store Intercourse, PA|
|Holiday Table Runner|
|Mannings Weaving and Knitting Supply and School|
I have been wanting to create a fusion of wool fiber and silk to make scarves but didn't know how to go about it. I have several books on creating wool scarves but they seemed to be a lot of work and too thick for the look I was after. I wanted a scarf, made out of fiber, that was thin, drapes nicely and fun to create. I also wanted to be able to create unlimited colors. After taking this class, I could see all the possibilities of the scarves I've had in my in my head but wasn't sure how to get started. The instructor was Debra Jo Tily and we had a fun, relaxing day working with needle felting hand tools and a scarf and fiber kit included in the class fee. Here is a photo of the finished scarf:
|Hand Needle Felted Scarf|
I had planned to visit some Alpaca farms near Lancaster on Friday but it got dark too soon so I decided to visit one on the way home from the Mannings on Saturday. I was able to pet the alpacas and even buy some silver fleece for my alpaca stash. The Big Rock Alpaca Farm is located in the country near the Mannings, not too far from Rt. 30. For more info. go to:
Here is the huacaya male whose silver fleece I purchased. It is being soaked and cleaned as I write this. I can hardly wait to see it all clean and carded.
|Hillside’s Silver Ray|
All-in-all it was a great weekend in the country and made me wish I could some day have my own alpaca farm.
Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!!
Friday, November 18, 2011
First, you can draw grid lines on paper by hand with a permanent marker or by computer and print them out with your printer in several sizes such as those pictured below. For example, if your reference picture was 8 ½” x 11” you would use the larger size grid of 4x5 squares. If you were using a smaller photo, you would use the smaller size grid, which was 6 down by 7 across. As long as the squares are really square, the dimensions of each square are not important. They are only used to break down your source picture into units to enlarge your pattern up to the finished size of your wool painting.
|4 x 5|
|5 x 6|
|6 x 7|
|Transparency Over Photo|
|Copy of Source Image with Grid Lines|
|Gridlines and Major Shapes Drawn Onto Background Fabric|
|Begin Felting Outlines of Each Major Shape|
Continue to fill in the shapes until you have one complete layer of wool covering the surface of your base fabric.
|First Layer Finished|
Here is a view of the process from my studio on my first Monet felt study entitled, "August Afternoon."
Now continue filling in your painting, working in very thin layers until you feel it is finished. For more information on creating felted paintings visit the previous series of posts in the archive entitled, “Building a Felted Painting." Here is the finished painting entitled, "Monet's Garden Path."
|Monet's Garden Path|
Enjoy your felting machine!!