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Day 10

Thursday, December 10th, 2015


My guild, Columbia Fiberarts Guild, had a wonderful speaker at our meeting with yummy show and tell and a chance to spend some money. Tylar Merrill of Thimbleberry Felted Designs in Eugene was the presenter. Above is a jacket with a matching knitted collar.

This is a detail shot of the closure that she made from recycled knitting needles and felted beads.


She is very prolific, creating simple felted jewelry and hats in addition to the larger clothing items. She also does felted wall art and blankets.



The intricate work in these capes just blew my mind.



She came up with an ingenious one sleeve shawl. I really wanted to get one, but she didn’t had a colorway that worked for me. This is guild member, Jan Story, wearing one of the one armed shawls. The beauty of this design is that it does not slip off your shoulders.


These are stained glass scarves. They all start out with white silk and black roving. After they are felted, she paints each section with procion dye and then steams it to set the dyes.


This is the scarf that I bought. The colors in this will go with almost every thing in my wardrobe.


I am happy to report that I am having great success with my knee brace. Today, I was up and about wearing it for over 3 hours. I even did a 30 minute walk with Scooter and Mr C.

I am so happy that Cheryl Sleboda has given me the impetus to start posting every day. It is a good thing.



Thursday, December 12th, 2013


I love to make things. I don’t like to do production work, but I love to make a few things to give to friends. That is what I did last night. I followed the directions for Jamie Fingal’s Felted Flower Pincushions. She uses rectangle tins, but I am a devotee of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate triangles that come in round tins. I have been saving the tins to do something like this.

First, I lightly sanded the tins.


I used Washi tape to cover the sides. I love this tape with the scissors.


Here are some more photos of the ones I gave to my friends in STASH today at our Christmas lunch.



I used wool felt that I purchased at JoAnn’s. I threw in a hot wash and the dryer and it crinkles up nicely.

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I then cut one inch strips which I rolled together and stitched with a long needle and perle cotton.

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I am excited because tomorrow I am going to look at a possible studio that I can move into the first week in January!!

I finished sorting and ironing the Japanese fabrics today. I think I will be listing my fabrics for sale over the week-end or early next week.

Thanks for checking in!

Better Results

Friday, September 6th, 2013


This photo is a bit dark, but it will have to suffice. I stitched the other indigo blue moon to prefelt today and did some shrinking. I was more careful this time. I started the washer on regular wash with hot water and then stopped the machine and reset it to drain and spin after it had tossed around for about 5 minutes. Then I threw it in the dryer. It has a bit of pilling of the blue prefelt, but is not nearly as felted as the last piece. Here is a detail:


Here is the stitching on the moon before I did the shrinking:


Now, I need to do some hand stitching and get it layered and faced. I also have to decide if I want to try shrinking it a bit more. We shall see.

Yesterday was a bit of a hiatus from studio work. I was doing SDA work, mainly creating some photoshopped artwork for a new Constant Contact newsletter. And, it was our 49th wedding anniversary. It usually falls on Labor Day Week-end, but was later this year. Hear we are, 49 years ago.


I guess we need to do something special next year! Last night we went to one of our favorite restaurants and invited Steph and Jack to join us. We had a great time. It is always more fun to share good food and wine with others.

Mistakes and Fixes

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

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I have been stitching and beading the blue moon quilt. I really like the stitching, but today, I took off all the beads and am so much happier with it. Photos tomorrow. I have some little circles that were created with a resist when I dyed this piece. They have really faded into the background and I needed to do something with them. I used white beads, but it looked awful . That is what really precipitated the removal of all the beads! I just did some wonky stitching around them.


In fact, a lot more wonky stitching is happening!

I tried to blog yesterday, but my website was down for some reason. We went to the annual Art in the Pearl in downtown Portland yesterday.


I really was not impressed with most of the art and craft.

Even I have decided that Aspens are over done. They were in prints, paintings, glass, everywhere.


Most of the wearable art began to look like the same old things.


I did enjoy checking out all of the demonstrations. This guy who is weaving was lots of fun.


I loved this fused glass art. Very quilty don’t you think?


So besides beading, what other mistakes have I made. Well, I have had one intestinal bug after another for several weeks, sometimes much worse than others. I decided it was not catching because Mr C did not get it. We eat almost the same things except for breakfast when I make a protein powder shake with frozen fruit. I have purchased and picked lots of fruit and vacuumed packed and put it in the freezer. A few weeks ago, I found the freezer door open and every thing had defrosted. It was still cold so I just refroze the fruit because it was going into a shake anyway. Now, I think it may be the culprit. So I have stopped using it and hopefully, I will be aok. It was a very tiresome problem. The funny thing is, I am usually so careful about stuff like that. Mr C? Not so much so of course I get the curse. Thank goodness for Pepto Bismol chewables!

Here is your cuteness for the day. Paige on her new bike! Gaaaa! Isn’t she the cutest?



Making Lemonade

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


I went to work on this piece which looked like a piece of wool felt after I had blocked it and it was dry. I removed lots of blue felt fuzz from the surface.


I had this tool with my felting supplies. I am not sure what it is for, but it worked perfectly to remove the fuzz from this.



You can now see the organza. I stitched the rows a little close together. I won’t do that next time. I am now doing some beading with seed beads. My first task was to bead around the moon shape.


Now, I need to get creative with the beads. I am hoping to get a more organic pattern going on the moon. I will do some stitching with perle cotton, too.

We had a great dinner on Tuesday night with two couples from our neighborhood. I did some great cooking. We enjoyed a nice evening on the deck, great wine and intelligent conversation.