This is the first time I am attempting to sell my art. Will they sell?
I don’t know but what’s the worse that can happen? I will have lots of wings for ornaments, inspiration and gift tags next year? Another first!
OK, so I admit I am already thinking about Christmas but better early than late!
Besides I needed another sample for my needle felting class. =)
I will sew in the last signature for part of my class demonstration.
In preparation for my upcoming needle felting class I decided to try dyeing my own wool roving with Kool-Aid. It was even easier than I thought it would be. I woke up this morning and it is dry and ready to felt!
Here was my easy process:
I filled bowls with four cups very hot water and 1/4 cup white vinegar and added one packet of Kool-Aid to each. The first bowl is Peach Mango and the second is Strawberry.
I put natural wool roving in and turned it a few times to saturate and let it sit for about 45 minutes and then poured the roving into a colander and gently squeezed out the excess water. I then filled the bowl with fresh warm water and rinsed the roving and repeated a few times, sqeezing gently and rinsing in a clean bowl of water.
Then I rolled the roving in absorbent towels and pressed again to remove as much moisture as possible. At this point it was slightly damp and not having a clothesline I hung it on my chandelier to finish drying.
Funny how the colors go with my home!
I am working on two altered books for friends with similar themes. I found some old photograph postcards of an actress from the late 1800’s in my stash and decided to use her pensive yet serene photo. Now to carry out my idea I needed an angel wing… I love needle felting and am always trying to find new ways to use different techniques with it in my artwork. Why not try to felt a wing?
Guess what? It was easy! And so is needle felting. I will be teaching a needle felting class at Artistic Artifacts next month. If you live in Northern VA come join me and lets have some needle felting fun together and create something beautiful!
To create the needle felted wing I cut a wing shape out of thin fabric and needle felted layers of dyed cheesecloth, wool roving and Angelina fibers until I was pleased with the color, texture and thickness. Then I cut a slightly larger wing shape out of tulle and placed it behind the wing.
Finally I machine stitched the outline as well as a few random lines from the wing tip upwards to simulate feathers and voilà, a wing!
So come join me for a class next month and learn how fun and easy needle felting can be. Hope to see you there!
With thoughts of love, peace and remembrance to all on this September 11th. xoxo
I started it on a needle felting machine but finished it by hand which I prefer. I had felted the little flower and bud before the class knowing I wanted to use it as my closure.
And here is the back cover. Thank you for looking and I appreciate you comments!
Here is a recent mixed media needle felted journal I made. I am in love with all the beautiful colors and textures of roving available.
And here is a peek inside. I added some vintage sheet music, Mulberry paper and watercolor paper for my signatures.