The Needle-felting Machine!

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.

I was hooked!

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.

Here is a cool blog I found; http://janeville.blogspot.com/2010/06/1.html on making a piece using a needle felting machine. She lays it out step by step with great pictures!

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If you are looking to learn how to use your machine and want one on one, step by step instructions I am available for lessons. Please contact me at anitahomespun@gmail.com

I would be happy to get you started!

Happy creating!

Anita

Fun & Funky!

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!

https://blog.expressionfiberarts.com/2013/11/30/how-to-make-a-fun-and-funky-felted-journal-cover/

Off to do some Holiday visiting!

Happy Creating!

Anita

The Pineapple

SYMBOL OF HOSPITALITY

The pineapple as a welcoming icon can trace its roots to Christopher Columbus, who brought he succulent fruit back to Europe from its ancestral home in the late 1400s. Believed to have originated in Brazil and Paraguay, Columbus “discovered” the fruit in Guadeloupe in 1493.

Legend has it that captains would mount a pineapple on their gateposts outside their home to signify a safe return home. They were also an invitation to visit, enjoy food and drink and hear tales of the sailors’ adventures.

In colonial America, hostesses would place a fresh pineapple as a centerpiece at the table when entertaining visitors in their homes. Visiting was the primary method of cultural exchange as well as entertainment, so hospitality was central to colonial life. The pineapple symbolized the warmest welcome a hostess could extend to her guests and became the dessert for the meal.

I have loved this image for a long time and always wanted to make it into a project. Here is my interpretation of a pattern I found by Vicki Stratton Designs

I chose to use hand-dyed wool for the stem at the top of the pineapple. Instead of individual leaves I made it in 3 pieces graduating the color from dark to light.

Here is the finished project… a table runner. It still needs quilted but I am excited about the colors. I had enough pineapple material left over so I made a bag with the motif. There is still fabric left to make another pineapple motif and I may just make a pillow too!

Kits will be available soon!

Happy Creating, Anita

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Artistic Block

I love this quote! It wasn’t until just recently I finally figured this out! All my life I wanted nothing more then to be a fashion designer, a writer, an artist. I think you can see…it was just about being a very creative person and having the ability to express my feelings in an artistic way for the world to see.

While I dabbled in writing my passion was to become a designer/artist. Over the years I have had some successes but just never quit reached the level I envisioned. I didn’t have a lot of self confidence and struggled with my self image.

All my life I have been overweight and just could not take it off. Before I got married, I did lose a bunch but it wasn’t a healthy way of losing it.

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I felt fantastic. However, because I did not lose it the right way I gained it all back and more!

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Over the years I did all the diets and felt miserable. While I did eventually become an Occupational Therapist and had a successful career,  I never realized my artistic potential.

It wasn’t until I was taking yoga classes that my instructor told me when I got my health under control my creative and artistic side would shine and fall into place!

Boy was she right. After I retired almost 2 years ago, I finally got into a  program where I started losing wt. and feeling stronger. I began to have success and feel better about myself and my future.

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I learned about exercise, which was good and I did gain strength and built muscle and lost fat. However it became too much and my body started to hurt all the time. I also learned some about nutrition but I found myself in a holding pattern.

OK, so you may be wondering what does this have to do with creating. It has to do with energy and feeling good about yourself so you can express yourself no matter what your passion is.

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So what happened to change everything. Several months ago I met Keith Klein and his program Lean body Coaching and everything changed!

Keith, a certified nutritionist, has been in the business for close to 40 years. He has taken on the food industry to reveal their lies and helped people realize the hidden fat in foods that are advertised as good for us! Did you know that oil sprays state 0gms of fat is a lie? Actually there are over 900 in one can!   His program reveals this and so much more.

I started my 6 month journey in this program with my own coach,  personal cookbook and food plan customized to my goals. Everyone is so professional and knowledgeable and eager to help you succeed! I never feel hungry & the food is amazing because I have learned many secrets for cooking this food myself 🙂

Bottom line is I have gained energy and my mind is clearer. I have taken a more reasonable approach to exercise and feeling so much more in control of my lifestyle. As a result I have been able to focus more on my art and am happy with the time in my studio.

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If you are stuck and feel like you are not in control of your lifestyle, spinning in circles then I suggest checking out this program. It sure helped me begin to really understand how to lose the fat and create a sustainable lifestyle eating food made from nature and not made by man!!

If you are ready I suggest to check out the program at
http://www.leanbodycoaching.com?fp_ref=anita65

Happy Creating!
Anita

Stitching time…

Over the past several months I have done multiple wool paintings. These were wet felted and are in need of being finished. Finishing means putting in some machine stitching, hand stitching, extra needle felting or other embellishments to add extra texture and depth to a painting.

One of my favorite artist in this media is Moy Mackay

Her work is absolutely stunning and so inspirational. moy AFTER-THE-STORM-MM17_48-F88-X88CM-£1995-220x170moyMM18_43-HEATHER-VALLEY-GRAZING-220x170                             moy MM18_17-GRAZING-ON-WASH-DAY-1-220x170

These paintings have all been made using wool and other fibers. She creates such detail and texture in her pieces.

I just received her latest book The Art of Moy Mackay I have her previous 2 books and they were awesome but I am blown away by the detailed information in this book. I can’t wait to get into it and pick up ideas to finish my pieces and create some new ones! 🙂

Happy Creating!

Anita 🙂

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Brrrrrrrrr…..it’s cold outside! Negative numbers the last two days 😦 But, I am turning my thoughts to spring. Currently I am working on a new wall hanging inspired by the picture above; featuring penny flowers 🙂

Background will be a dyed piece of wool with sky and ground. You fill in your garden with wool applique and stitching. It is a great way to explore new stitches or adding beads and other embellishments! I’ve got my pennies and threads ready to go!img_32355b15d

If you are not sure what stitches to try, Creative Stitching by Sue Spargocreativestitching

Now off to dye some wool background pieces and get stitching!

Happy Creating! Anita ❤