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A New Year A New Start

Eco Print DyeingHere we are a new year and a new start. It feels good to begin something different, my plan for the foreseeable future is to work on small scale portable projects, the main reason behind this is of course that I have a lot less time to dedicate to my passion. With working part time it is amazing how little time I end up with to create….with hearth and home and everything else, no complaints just observations!

I have been busy making  eco prints, when the weather has allowed. I do this outside because I do not as yet have a pressure cooker to do the “cooking” part of eco bundling. I have quite a few lovely pieces of fabric with various designs of  leaves and flowers from our garden, some I love and others not so much. My plan is to take small pieces of eco printed fabrics  and start working embroidery stitches, use other bits and pieces to embellish with and see where the path leads me!

I hope you are feeling creative as well and I wish you joy and passion with your endeavours.

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Felted Fish Purse

Today was a day not unlike any other. I had plans to work on my pouches and purses, as I told my SIL in the UK that I would. Believe me, I have to get busy but the sun was shining and I thought I would take advantage of the good light and take some photographs.

I have recently purchased some beautiful silk ribbons from a company called Treenway Silks here in B.C. The colours are divine. I would have liked to have had one of every colour but alas I must be careful with the budget. I took some great pictures and then one thing lead to another and I was photographing all kinds of different things that just happen to be on my table to-day. I really did tidy up last week but it certainly doesn’t look that way around here.

Yes, I was completely side tracked and looked longingly into the garden and not much actual work was being done. I daresay a lot was going on in my creative mind but the needle was not in my hand being busy so I gave myself a little talking to; you know the one “Get on, must do more work” etc, etc!

It must have worked because I have completed my felted fish purse now and have to say I had lots of fun making it. I even love how the shape of the pouch, when opened, is fish-like. The zipper pull looks like a tail fin – not planned, just a happy accident.

Felted Earrings

So here I am waiting for my sewing pattern to arrive and needing to be creative. I have experimented with wet felting but I can’t say I’m thrilled with my results but I have found a way to re-use them! oh joy…I can’t stand wasting all that effort.
I usually put my work up on a pin board above the area where my computer is situated, so that I can be treated to a visual feast and analyse to death what I have been up to for the last who knows how long!
This piece of wet felting had been there a LONG time and I had tried to make it into a book cover, a felted pouch or just a picture but never came up with the right look. So I cut it up and took out the parts that I enjoyed and cut out the pieces I hated!…..I can’t imagine what took me so long, now I have various pairs of earrings in the making.
Basically I start with the piece of wet felting and then embellish with all kinds of trims and beads etc. I really like to use my small bits of silk ribbon ( again… no waste) and glass beads, I use more wool, yarns and embroidery threads. A lot depends on how the creative mood takes me as to what goes into the project. I back each piece with a complimentary colour of felt and apply the stainless steel hook.
If you would like to see the pictures of these earrings please check out my flickr link to the right of this article.

Upcycled Bag

Today I feel as if I have had better success with making a wool sweater into a bag. My previous attempt was not that great. Yes the bag can be used for carrying my knitting project but that’s about all its good for.
For this project I chose a men’s extra large oatmeal coloured 100% wool sweater. I washed the heck out of it twice in hot soapy water and it felted nicely. I then cut it out and stitched it up using the same procedure as before. See link to Clasheen. I then used some leftover wool yarn to blanket stitch the edges and embroidered a few flowers. However I did make one change to the design I added pockets on the outside using the sleeves of the sweater.

Steep Learning Curve

To-day has been a steep learning curve for me . I am not very “techie” but I am slowly making changes each day as I have time. I seem to be up late at night burning the midnight oil!

I have been able to work on two pouches and have two more ready to go on sale. I listed my favourite one today, Cream Bridal Felted Pouch with applique roses. I am thinking that it would be a good design to make a little bigger and therefore have a larger applique. I have pictures on Flickr with some of my colour choices. If you would like to see them just click on the Flickr link to the right of this.

Woolbrain

Hello Peeps this is my blog.
I hope to write about my love for fibre arts. I am interested in wool, hence the name woolbrain! I love to knit, felt, sew, embroider and generally create. For now I need to learn my way around this blog so that I can keep you posted on my creative happenings.

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