Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Babylock Tech

The following small samples were also created for  the Babylock Tech Convention in St. Louis, MO.  Dealers from near and far come to see the new books, gadgets, sewing machines, whatever that is being introduced to the market for the first time.  My book on machine needle felting is being presented to the dealers for the first time. It is called, "The ART of Machine Needle Felting and it is for sale on my website.  Scroll down the left-hand column of this blog and you will see a link to my website where it can be purchased directly from me.  For more information about Babylock Tech, see the previous post entitled, "Oleander Painting". 

The first piece is created from wool  Peace Fleece  then machine needle felted with the Babylock Embellisher onto a flannel backing.  It is left with raw edges so it can be examined and handled by the attendees of the Convention.  I actually like the way the raw edges look and will try them again on another, more "serious" wool painting.

Autumn Tree

The next piece was created using wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo and nylon rovings machine needle felted with a Babylock Embellisher.  This one reminds me of  a painting from the Hudson River School era of paintings and I would like to try a larger version at some point in the future. The fibers really pop on larger felted paintings.  This one was trimmed around the edges but left unmounted so it could be examined and handled.  People need to see how these are made because I've noticed that they have no idea what you are talking about if you try to explain it with words. 

Morning Mist
This next piece was one that I hand needle felted first, using Pat Spark's book entitled, "Watercolor Felt Workbook".  I machine felted it and then wet felted it to create a fine web of wool on the surface.

The last piece I sent to Babylock Tech was a sample from my book, The ART of Machine Needle Felting" so that it could be handled and examined as well.  It is called, Santa Fe in the book and I wanted to provide at least one item that was exactly as it is portrayed in the book.  I don't like to do the same thing twice but this time I did for the sake of those who were thinking of trying these new techniques.

Santa Fe Medallion
I sent all of these along with the Oleander Painting, which was also unfinished but much larger than these small samples.  It was also created by machine needle felting Peace Fleece, wool, alpaca and silk fibers on a pink flannel background.  Here is what it looks like unfinished. 

Oleander Painting Unfinished

My Babylock Dealer, Ron Spaulding and his wife, Barb are in St. Louis and I'll be anxious to hear from them how their weekend at Babylock Tech went and how well the book was received when it was presented. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Oleander Painting

This is a picture of my most recent felt painting with the working title of "Oleander Painting." I made it using a photo to create a pattern and will give that information in a future post when I have all the photos of the process ready.   It will be travelling unfinished to the Babylock Tech Convention in St. Louis Missouri at the end of this month, August, 2011.

 Babylock Tech is the place where new ideas, gadgets and all-things-sewing are revealed for the first
 time to the market through the Tacony Corporation the parent company of Babylock and makers of the Embellisher machine.  They are also the producers of Sewing With Nancy and Nancy's Notions.  Babylock Tech is a dealers' show held once a year the last weekend in August, with vendors, classes, presentations, entertainment, etc. for retailers worldwide to be introduced to the latest inventions from the industry in the past year. 

My book, "The ART of Machine Needle Felting" was published last October and has been on sale via the Internet through 2011 ( http://www.fabricartbylinda.com/gpage11.html).

Book and CD on sale now
 It will be revealed to the Babylock dealers and retailers for the first time this month and I needed to give the display booth some small, unfinished samples to be handled and examined by a crowd. I am working feverishly to finish some more samples by the end of the month and will post them when they are ready.  This book was written as a Manual to go with the Embellisher machine (but many of you have already purchased one for yourselves)  and we'll see what happens after the rest of the world is introduced to it.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The ART of Machine Needle Felting Book on Sale

Some of you have been looking to purchase this book at a previous post on this blog from last December so I decided to repost the information here.  I am having a Mid-Summer sale on this book and CD for those of you who want to get started in on needle felting for the fall creative season.  I always order too many books at this time of year myself for my fall art studies and so I am passing the excitement on to you.  I get tired of the long, hot days and want to clean up my studio and start in on new felting ideas brewing from the summer.  So here it is. 

Now 20% off Retail

Mid-Summer Sale - 20% OFF MACHINE NEEDLE FELTING HANDBOOK AND CD.  If you have even thought about purchasing this book, now is the time to do so during this Mid-Summer Sale.  If you have been curious about this new fiber art media; if you have been looking for a workbook to get you started with your new felting machine; if you need lessons for making samples and trying new materials and methods; if you want projects and patterns for beginning as well as seasoned needle felters, then this book is for you.  To see photos of some of the projects, or to purchase the book, go to www.fabricartbylinda.com and click on the button that says “Online Store.”  At the top of that page you will see a picture of the book with a yellow button underneath it that says, “Buy Now.”  If you click on that button, a page will open that takes you through the transaction with a credit card, even if you do not have a Paypal account.  You can also view a video by Sewing With Nancy on one of the projects in the book.  Enjoy!

with Nancy Video
 I also wanted to follow up with a picture of the carded alpaca fiber from a previous post on March 29, 2011 entitled, "Drum Carder - Do You Need One?"  In that post I explained the process of breaking down and purchasing the best carding machine on the market.  I am so glad I did because I have saved a ton of money on processing fiber myself and learning how to dye it myself to get many colors that are not available on the market.  For more information about dyeing your own roving, please visit my previous post entitled, "Dyeing Roving for Felting" from May 21, 2011.

The drum carder I am using is the Big Tom motorized carder from Fancy Kitty.  To view all their carding products, go to  http://www.fancykitty.com/index.html.  This machine stands at about 15 inches high by 12 inches wide and 24 inches long.  It is not at all like the small hand-crank models that cost a fortune. 

Big Tom Drum Carder
I found the Caliope Creek Alpaca Ranch in my neighborhood and purchased the fleece from Maybelline, the white Huacaya Alpaca female.  For more about this visit my blog from April 28, 2011 entitled, "Washing Raw Fleece."  Here is a photo of Maybelline:

Here is a picture of her fleece all washed and carded with the Big Tom.

Carded Alpaca Fleece
The sheets of carded fiber in the background of the photo have all been peeled right off the  12 inch drum.  When I had finished carding the sheets, they stood at about 24 inches tall.  I had to push them down so they could fit into this photo.  The small clouds of fiber in the forground were too short to make it around the large drum so it was peeled off the smaller "Licker In" drum at the front of the carder.  I have been using this short-staple fiber on my current felted art piece (blog for next time) and it is very useful just as it is.  I know that spinners don't like short fibers but I just love them as a felter.  This carding job would not have been possible with anything smaller than the Big Tom.  I could sit and card for hours while watching the news on my laptop up in my studio and it seemed like I would never get through it all but I did.  I cannot imagine doing this on a hand-crank model.  In a future blog, I will show my felting studio and supplies but that's all for now.