Back in The Studio and Felting!

It's always a challenge getting back into the swing of work after the holidays, especially when they were spent having a grand time with family and friends in the warm Caribbean! Returning and facing the reality of sweaters and coats is a bit of a jolt... but here I am making friends with my studio again.

First of all, a big thank you for all the interest in the pillows with my printed images, introduced in the previous post.   I got a pair for myself and am very pleased with the quality of both the pillows themselves and the printing of my images on them. The fabric is a heavy duty polyester. The zipper is inconspicuous and the pillow form comes out easily for washing.

These are the 14" square pillows - they really liven up the room plus continue the orchid theme!

The zipper is well hidden.

To see which of my images are available as pillows: On the Print Shop page, click the 'Products' drop down menu above the thumbnails and select 'Pillows' under 'Home Decor'.


In The Studio ~ Felting fun!

The year has started with me back in an experimental felting mode. Thus far, all my felting has been nuno, i.e. felting loose wool fibers to a silk scarf base. Now I'm trying out felting scarves with only layers of wool - no silk base fabric.

These first two scarves  are called cobweb felt. In cobweb felting, a thin layer of wool fibers is teased apart to create interconnecting strands (I forgot to take pix of this stage!). During the felting process (soapy water + agitation), the  fibers create an interlocking network like a spider’s web, and random holes are allowed to form. A cobweb scarf  is very light, airy and drapey but strong, and can be worn year-round. 

The holes can be used for threading one of the tails of the scarf through the other!

 

Here I've used two layers of wool so there's not really a cobweb effect, but it's still very light. There's one large intentional hole for threading the scarf tail through.

These next two are nuno felted - I used silk gauze as the base fabric, and felted wool to both sides of it.

These scarves are all available at Going Local NC, the art/craft gallery in north Raleigh that carries my work.

As always, I'm happy to create a custom scarf just for you... so do contact me!


UPCOMING EVENTS - FINAL FRIDAY IN CARY NC 

JANUARY 30TH, 6-9 pm

An evening of art spiced with live music, good food and lively conversation. Join us!

 

Village Art Circle

Chinese Brush Painting Exhibit: January 30th - Feburary 25th

To celebrate the Year of the Ram (pronounced Yang), the Village Art Circle proudly hosts its 2nd Chinese Brush Paiting Exhibit.  The show will feature paintings of member artist Loretta Moskal and her students.

Ashworth Village, 200 S Academy Street, Suite 130

 

Waverly Artists Gallery

New Work for the New Year
Over the holidays our artists have been creating new work and freshening up the gallery so be ready for some changes! 
Some of our new work will include special small paintings for your Valentine's sweetheart and a brand new series of paintings by Gary Bradley exploring the Cotton Farms of North Carolina.

302 Colonades Way, Suite 209.
At Waverly Place Shopping Center (corner of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Rd), behind the flag poles.

See You THere!