Wool Paintings on Display

I am so honored and excited to announce that 2 of my wool paintings have been accepted to the Nature Art Showcase and Sale! The show will be held at Barrow-Civic Theatre; 1223 Liberty Street, Franklin, PA and is is part of the “Franklin on Ice Festival” held in Franklin, PA.

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Artwork was to be inspired by and represent the natural or outdoor recreational assets of Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango, Forest, or Warren Counties.

The event is sponsored by the council on Greenways & Trails https://www.nwpagreenways.org/

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Free to public: Friday 5-7pm, Saturday 10-6pm

Typically available are 2-D and 3-D items including paintings, sculpture, metal fabrication, fabric arts, jewelry, wearable art, photography, pottery, drawings, wood carving, watercolor, and more. Showcase hours open Friday, February 7 with a free public reception featuring the artists from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.; and continue on Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

One volunteer was quoted as:“It’s so refreshing on a winter day to enter the comfortable display area and view widely varied colorful art celebrating four seasons of outdoor recreational experiences and natural settings throughout northwestern Pennsylvania,” said Mrs. Marilyn Black

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Artists Reception
The public is invited to attend the Friday evening, February 7 Artists Reception from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., or the Saturday open hours from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

During the Friday evening reception, musicians will be strolling throughout the art display area. Juliet Hilburn of Hydetown (who is a member of the Franklin Silver Cornet Band) will play the flute. Violins and fiddles will be the instruments of choice for 9-year-old Danae Hansford of Knox, PA and 16-year-old Danika Stroup of Clarion County; both violinists are accomplished performers of classical as well as bluegrass/country music.

Also, the Friday reception will be catered by John Kluck with appetizers, desserts and family friendly drinks.

I will be there Friday night 5-7pm. I would love to chat with you about my wool paintings. I hope you can stop by for this wonderful event!

Happy Creating!

Anita

Is it Wool Felt or Felted Wool?

What’s the difference between wool felt & felted wool? Both are made from the same ingredients, wool roving, but they are created very different.

It starts with fiber that has been sheered from an animal…most often a sheep.

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These fibers are then cleaned and carded (the process of breaking up unorganized clumps of fiber and realigning them). The result is what we call wool roving. Now here’s where each textile takes a different path.

WOOL FELT

Wool Felt is a non-woven textile. There is no thread or weaving involved in the making of it. It originates as wool roving and by adding heat, moisture and agitation, the roving compacts and matts together tightly to form what we refer to as pure wool felt.

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There is no weaving structure to the fabric.

Wool felt blends are also made using the process described above but with a combination of wool fibers and those from another material. The most common combination is wool and rayon, a non-synthetic man-made fiber derived from wood pulp. Rayon’s properties are similar to those of cotton and linen, making it an excellent choice for wool blends.

Nationalnonwovens is a company that I buy a lot of my wool felt from https://www.nationalnonwovens.com/Applications/Arts.html

FELTED WOOL

Felted Wool is a woven textile. There is thread and weaving involved. Like wool felt, it originates as wool roving, but the roving is spun into thread after being cleaned and carded. This thread is then woven into wool cloth, which is washed in hot water and dried on high heat to emulate the “add heat, moisture and agitation” process used to make wool felt. This process turns wool fabric into felted wool.

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This felted wool then becomes a solid piece of fabric that you can cut without fraying. Some wool felts harder and more dense then others. So you would have to decide what type of project you are making. A fabric that is not tightly felted would not be good for cutting small applique shapes out of as it would have a tendency to fray.

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Wool roving is also spun into yarn, which is used for knitting wool sweaters and accessories such as scarves and mittens. You can “felt” these knitted items as well but regardless of your wash/dry temperatures, they will not compact as tightly as wool fabric woven from thread. A good rule of thumb when looking for wool garments at the thrift store it that the item is made from 80% wool or more.

WHICH ONE SHOULD I USE?

I have used both. Wool felt is soft yet strong and comes in a variety of colors. It is also more economical to purchase then wool fabric. Felted wool comes in many colors and patterns. It is however, more expensive but the choices in patterns are more. I use both sometimes in a piece…whatever works with the project I am working on. There are some ladies who prefer their wool applique to be authentic; all done in felted wool all.

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I hope this information helps clear the confusion!

Happy Creating!

Anita

All Done!

So Happy with this!

I finally finished my weaving project. I think it turned out quite nice. It was fun to explore some new weaving techniques and stitches! I used several different handspun yarns. This website has a lot of good ideas and I used several of them https://aprettyfix.com/5-wavy-weaving-techniques/

There were some problems I had to work out along the way. Definitely make sure you leave more room at the top and bottom of the project while on the loom. It takes more length of warp to tie things off then you think. So…don’t look at the back of the project…LOL…Messy! More learning there.

Here is a sneak peak at where I’m going with the next one. I like the striking looks of all natural color but am wondering about adding some color in the next one.

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Woven wool roving wall hanging / weaving by Jeannie Helzer @jeanniemakes

But then I have seen some really cool weaving’s using natural colors too!

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Can’t wait to get into the studio tomorrow and see where i am lead!

Happy Creating!

Anita

The Weaving Journey!

I have almost finished my first weaving. This one started with a crochet background and then filled in with different stitches. It still needs some tweaking. I am not sure I like the fringe and I think it needs another row of white stitches. It also needs it’s permanent hanger. I enjoyed crocheting with my art yarn I spun. It added some extra texture that I liked. The crochet went fast and I still got the fun of weaving after. It is something I would do again 🙂

My next project is using a picture frame for a loom. I have warped it by wrapping the warp threads over and under the edge of the frame similar to this:

This is my inspiration!

5 Wavy Weaving Techniques | The craft of weaving has incredible creative potential. Learn how to create waves using 5 basic weaving techniques.

Of course as usual, when I went to assemble all my supplies there was one yarn I did not have! True to my commitment to only using what I have I needed to make some chunky yarn. I found some I had spun and then plied it for a chunkier version…it has potential for the fringe.

Or I might use this chunky white that I spun on my electric spinner…

Speaking of the electric spinner…

It has been YEARS!!!! since I used it. I bought it when my left knee was really bad before the knee replacement. I was doing a lot of spinning then and thought this would help. I found that even though it helped my knee I missed the rhythm of using hands and feet together. But yesterday I needed to spin some yarn up quick and did not have another wheel at the studio. It worked PERFECT!!!! I didn’t even miss not using my feet.

I now have all supplies ready and off I go to get this project underway….stay tuned!

Happy Creating!

Anita

MACRAWEAVING

I learned a new word today…Macraweaving. For the past week I have been researching what to do with all my extra stash of fiber & yarn. This journey has lead me to weaving. I have seen some fantastic works of art using the combination of fiber (roving) and yarns of all types!

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I have woven in the past but the prospect of having to warp the loom was always very daunting! For many years I wove on triangle looms as you do not have to warp that type of loom.

It’s not that I can’t warp a loom. I do know how…LOL. But it can be very tedious and time consuming. I am a get at it and get it done kind of person.

My search recently lead me to some different devices for using a loom.

The most intriguing and, quite frankly, seemed the easiest, was using a picture frame for a loom.

I went to the dollar store to find a cheap frame. There were none but I found a wall hanging and took it all apart so I could use the wooden frame. I am now getting my colors together and will start later today.

My search lead me to using macrame in these weaving projects. You all remember macrame? Those plant hangers we saw in the 70’s & 80’s

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Macrame has been around since the 13th century. It is a process of tying knots in a cord to form a pattern. Like most crafts, it started with a functional purpose. Homemakers first used the art of tying knots as a way to tie off rugs to keep them from fraying. Now macramé wall hangings are experiencing a revival as crafted goods are more sought after. Our society seems to be having a gut reaction to all of the processed nonsense that we consume daily.

Although the knotted weaves are most popular hanging as tapestries, the art form crops up in new ways, too.

So put macrame and weaving together and both have become a modern art form….Macraweaving is born. I found some really cool websites using this art form as well as incorporating fabric and bits of knit and crochet samples. They are just stunning!

My favorite is the work done by two sisters in Australia, Lauren and Kass Hernandez, Australian-born sisters of Filipino heritage based in Sydney.

They have taken this art form to a whole other level!!

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I am so inspired so off to my studio and make some modern wall art!

Happy Creating!

Anita

Felt Play Mats

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What a fun idea! Making play mats from wool. While this website is not an actual tutorial it does explain the process used for creating this cute scene.

I spent some time on Pinterest and found an abundance of examples for felted play mats.

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How about a seascape with lots of fun underwater creatures!

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This is not a play mat but I had some fun making 3-dimensional Scenes. Snowman Scene for the holidays.

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Well, I better get going as I am now fully inspired! What will you create? Let me know. I’d love to hear from you!!

Happy Creating!

Anita

Simple Gifts

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

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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 Cuffsanother great simple gift idea. Process is similar to making the bookmarks.

http://kathykinsella.blogspot.com/2012/11/felted-fibre-art-cuffs.html

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!

Happy Creating!

Anita