If you are a creative person then you are probably like me! You have an unlimited amount of stash supplies on hand. Yarn, roving, ribbon, lace, fabric…YIKES where does it end?? I am feeling very overwhelmed again; especially since I have to do my year end inventory soon! UGHHH
So for 2020 I have committed myself to using up what I have and only buy the most essential things! I know…easier said then done. But I have signed up for several shows for 2020…more then usual. I need to finally make money at this business or I have told my hubby that I’m going to hang it up. Does that mean I will be entirely done? UH NO! I will always have something going on….LOL
One thing lead to another (you know how that goes when on Pinterest!) and I saw yarn art. Did I mention I have a lot of yarn>>>
OH MY GOSH!!!! that lead me on another topic! Yarn wall art.
That lead me to this….Dip-Dye Wall art.
Weaving isn’t new to me and I have done macrame and dyeing before; so looks like I may have a direction. My goal is to create art pieces that I can not only sell but also make kits for smaller versions to sell to the fiber community and teach classes!
All of these projects would also be kid friendly and a great way to get the younger generation involved in the arts! Now that I like.
The other day I wrote about making a felted journal cover. I have started mine and pictures soon to follow. If you are not into making that big of a project, making bookmarks maybe the way to go. They also use little bits of fiber and you can use scraps of just about anything for embellishments! These bookmarks were made from one piece of felt made using the wet felting method. You can find the tutorial here: https://feltingsupplies.livingfelt.com/Wet-Felting-Bookmarks-Kit_p_571.html
If you would rather needle felt your bookmark, they can be made individually. More time could be taken to put in a particular design. Again they do not require much fiber and you have great opportunities to use up small bits of fibers! Here is you tube tutorial on this process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXjtx6APvEI
Fiber Art Cuffs—another great simple gift idea. Process is similar to making the bookmarks.
Aren’t these sheep adorable. The background can be made as one whole piece. The sheep are needlefelted and spaced far enough apart to make sure there is one on each bookmark. Cut apart and stitch around on your sewing machine. How Cute!!!
I’m fully inspired now and off to my studio to finish my journal cover and make some bookmarks for last minute stocking stuffers!
The needle-felting machine. You saw it and you just had to have it! Now it is home and you are staring at it in the box. What to do?? Should I open it? If I do then I will have to try and use it…but I am scared!!! It looked so easy at the demonstration. I saw all the cool things you could do with it.
But now here it is and I am afraid to open the box.
Does this sound familiar? You saw the cool fabric that was being made and you had so many ideas.
You saw how you could use your scraps of leftover fiber, fabric, ribbons, yarn & more. I don’t want to break any needles but I want to try!
Don’t be afraid! Take it out of the box.
Get a scrap piece of muslin or felt as your base. Lay out some fine wisps of roving on the base. Put it under the needles and here you go! It’s like machine quilting in a way. You run the machine faster then you are moving the piece. I usually put the pedal all the way down and then move my piece slower. If you move too fast and change directions quickly you will break needles. So do be careful.
I was on Pinterest this morning and came across this cool idea for a journal cover. It was from the blog post of Expression Fiber Arts. What a great way to use up small bits of wool, ribbons, and other scrap fibers and jewlery! I think this is my next project!
Another holiday season is upon us. We have not had much snow here but today everything is covered in white. It has been a busy and emotional year. Through it all the act of creating has kept me sane!
I had fun using some unusual fabric and pre-fusable Hawaiian applique cutouts. This piece was quilted using my Sashiko Machine. WOW! what a learning experience that was!!
I vended at two new shows this year that was for handmade finished products; Wildwind in Pittsfield, PA and Crary Art Gallery in Warren, PA. Both were alot of fun and got to talk to people from the community where I grew up. I also have a booth at the Titusville Market Square in Titusville, PA. It features my handmade goods. They are open seven days a week.
I stretched myself with my needlefelting and created some Wool Paintings. Yes! They are all made of wool fibers felted together in a dry needling process. One lady had to touch one to make sure it really was made of wool…LOL
I also went back to making gnomes and this year added the elf. What fun to see their individual personalities come to life.
The santa gnomes were a big hit!
I am taking a bit of a break right now. Doing research for new projects for next year. I have myself quite booked with a record number of shows to vend at….6!!! The first one is in March and I will also be teaching 2 classes and demonstrating. It will be an exciting year for sure!
Look for new updates on my etsy store with a brand new name in the new year. I am finally making a committed effort to getting things on the etsy store….YEAH!