Most of my inspiration comes from the natural world, our garden and the surrounding beauty of Western Canada. We are fortunate to live near the ocean which can be a place of great serenity and chaos. I love colour and texture.
Knitting for me is a kind of meditative therapy that enables me to quiet my mind and explore my creative abilities. No matter what happens creatively, I feel a little magic comes into each design. I make every effort to create earth-friendly items for my shop. I like to use re-purposed, gently loved t-shirts and re-cycled natural and sustainable materials wherever possible in my work.
My favourite yarn is wool of any weight depending on the project. One day I hope to learn to spin and weave.
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.
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.