Decided to post a note about finishing off your Textile Art Festival projects that were not quite finished at the end of class.The class ended not quite how I would have liked it to-it is the first class that I have taught that didn’t end on time(something i like to do!) so I do apologise. It was a very hectic end to fhe class and I would have liked to have spent more time with you individually to finish off .
CUSHION -Keep working your cushion in the plastic sheeting or rolling on itself with the petals inside the roll at all times with or without plastic depending on how hard and stuck on your flower is.(stitch if necessary at end)Keep shaping it back into a square shape and remember that the direction you roll is the direction that the shrinkage will occur. )….A little extra bar soap rubbed on the felt can help at this point. Keep rolling until your cushion measures a little larger than 50×50 cm this will fit the insert nicely and also ensure there is no pilling or minimum pilling when the cushion is being used. Check it is not felting to itself on the inside and that the petals are the shape you would like.Stretch the petals width wise and shape them as you go.Stretch the overlap so it overlaps nicely.Put your hand inside the cushion and stretch the edges outwards from the inside so they lay straight. Straighten from the outside aswell.Rinse in water with a dash of vinegar .Spin your cushion when finished on the spin cycle only (not wash!!) to remove excess water or roll in a dry towel after wringing out by hand.Then finish shaping .If you would like to bring your cushion in to show me tomorrow please do .I am at the Artists at work area all morning till 12.00 or if you need advice email me .Dont forget to send me a picture!
Scarves.Remove your plastic resists and work your scarf by rolling it on itself until you get good crinkle and the felt is hard .Stretch the petals to shape .Keep checking it does not felt to itself.Rinse in water with a dash of vinegar and then spin as above.Send me a photo when you are finished I’d love to see it and I will post them here on my blog…
Thank you all for attending class .I think your colours were beautiful and I look forward to seeing them all finished.Though hectic at the end I was impressed that the template work had no ridges around the edges which is often a problem with beginners and template work.The rubbing in wards only towards the middle ensures that this does not happen.If you had a flower that didnt attach this sometimes happens and you just need to stitch it on .There is no rhyme or reason just sometimes happens so just stitch it on at the end..If I didnt say goodbye or thankyou I apologise and say it now!! Wendyx
Sometimes you do some odd things as a feltmaker! Today was spent volunteering some time at St Peter’s Lutheran College at Indooroopilly .We made felted funghi to adorn the trees at the Textile Art Academy where I will be teaching at the end of June.
It was a great couple of hours and the funghi really looked great -the girls did a great job.Make sure you look at the trees in the courtyard when you call in to the open day.The Schools art group will be putting the installation up.
Here are some photos.
Lots of exciting classes in June …. Book Now for Samford Studio Classes – Thursday June 2,Friday June 3rd, Saturday(twospaces left) June 4th and SPECIAL EXTRA CLASS Sunday June 5th (two spaces left).
For details of my upcoming workshops with the Textile Art Festival – http://www.textileart.com.au/. This event is on the June long weekend.The Textile Art Festival is a great event and you get to attend two events for the price of one as the Scrapbook Expo is on the same weekend.This table runner is one of the projects .
Textile Art Festival
June 11 – 13, 2011, Saturday to Monday
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
Open 9am to 5pm daily
TEXTILE ART ACADEMY http://www.textileartacademy.com.au/ is also on in Brisbane and I will be teaching two one day classes .Techno coverup(laptop bag/phone cases etc) and Tree of Life wall art piece(see photo.)It will be held from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th June, 2011.This week long event will include a comprehensive program with some of the tutors visiting Brisbane for the first time, and will be held at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly. Visitors are welcome to drop by any time during the week and especially on Open Day (Sunday 26th) when there will be lots to see and do. Hope to see you at one of the classes!
Just letting you all know that my Beautiful Silks Classes in Melbourne will not be going ahead.I do apologise to all of you who had said you were coming and interested but it is circumstances beyond my control and I only found out today.I will still be teaching in Melbourne with Victorian Feltmakers however and also happy to do a special class in Melbourne if you have a venue . Let me know if you are interested in the classes and we will see what can be arranged.Just wanted to let you know as I have just sent out my newsletter with my class details to you all.
JUST GOT WORD I HAVE TWO CANCELLATIONS FOR THIS SATURDAY IF ANY OF YOU ARE DESPERATE TO DO A CLASS-NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!!
Here are some of my latest felting projects. The muslin wrap is a beautiful texture and the back is gorgeous and muted,the front very bright .I love the contrast…..And an old favourite Tree of Life felt using batik fabric,threads ,silk mohair and merino.
I have just done my newsletter for MAY .Please have a look to see what is happening and get a few felt hints!I am busy working on my DVD Felting with Fabrics which will be published in June all being well! It is a challenge I can tell you!!I want to be seriously photoshopped one minute and happy just the way I am the next!!Talk about contrary!
Scarf using one ply fine wools to draw lines and filled in with colour
Well it is the end of March and classes are finished for the month.We had a fantastic week of classes with many beautiful projects being made.Thankyou to my lovely students who always manage to inspire me with their fabulous fresh ideas.We always have the best time and the finished projects amaze me-especially the “uncreative ones” -you know who you are!!!
Next month Easter gets in the way of classes so the next round of classes is the first week of May.I have vacancies on the Thursday 5th and with heavy bookings the other classes have one space each left. I have also put on a sunday class (Mothers day May 8th)which has one space left . I am considering putting on a Wednesday class if you are interested please email me.My camera is obviously buried under some jetsam in the studio as I can’t find it so I have put an “old”photo up for you this week.
Hi there everyone. There are still some spaces available in this months Samford Studio felt classes,though there is only one space remaining for the Saturday class . The new projects available have been well received. Why not make a Happy Hippy Dangly Fowery Hat. (!!)This is a two day class where you make a gorgeous hippy hat adorned with flowers and dangly dreadlocks.One of these hats was just photographed for Grazia Magazine(see my last blog entry for a picture). The other class that is proving popular is the Reversible Sari Wrap-which utilises old sari silk…Take a look at the Samford Class dates and items to make at the right of this page on the sidebar.You might find something you’d love to learn to make!Can hardly wait to get classes started-I have had a lovely break though.