Thought I would try to add a band of kumihimo to a felt cuff. Used the same structure as Kumihimo Concept and braided a short tube of wire. The length of the tube I had made was too long for how I wanted it placed. So I kept snipping it shorter until it seemed to be the correct size. As there was nothing to keep the tube from unraveling, it needed to be tacked in place. Used a few beads while I did that. An interesting look. If I do this again the next tube should probably be the length of one wrap.
Getting ready for the annual Earring Slam Jam at 18 Hands Gallery. This is a very fun event. Every year, at the end of January, several jewelry artists are invited to participate in a day long fun sale. Earring styles range from the exquisite to the outrageous and everything in between.
This year’s event will be on Saturday, January 24th from 11-5. It is held at 18 Hands Gallery in the Heights (www.18handsgallery.com). Below are a few of my contributions this year. Come by and say Hi.
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I was busily tagging all my goodies for the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston sale and realized that I didn’t include pictures of my little felt bags in the last post. I found these very cute little bags in all kinds of colors and couldn’t decide how to embellish them. Then I remembered the wonderful hand dyed mohair curls I got from Kai Mohair (who has the most beautiful goats). I got out my felting needles and start punching away. The mohair goes all around the bag. I just love the look. Hope everyone else does also.
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Getting ready for the 2014 Contemporary Handweavers of Houston annual sale. Led an activity at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft this year making felted soap. Decided they would be a fun ‘little’ thing to have available at the CHH sale.
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Did some off loom bead weaving to create these wonderful earrings. Even did up a few pair of ear threads. Those always seem to be very popular.
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Made more loom woven bracelets. I just love making these. They’re like potato chips. ‘You just can’t make one’!
I’ll also have a few of my scarves there. There will be an indigo and a couple of eco prints.
This year the sale is later than usual. It is scheduled to be next door (Art Studios at 2315 Commerce) to our new ‘home’ (Art Studios at 2323 Commerce)and to be able to participate in the local Art Crawl. I suspect these will be the dates (Nov 20-22) going forward. It should be a fun new experience. Check the CHH website for details (www.weavehouston.org).
This was based on the project the felt study group had last month. Once again I didn’t have the wires exposed at both ends. This time I did, however, wrap the fibers rather than roll them and the bracelet turned out much nicer. I also cut a longer piece of wire to make a multiple wrap bracelet. Gave some thought to embellishing but really like it the way it is.
Made another cuff. This was was lined and embellished. Was disappointed the adhesive interfacing didn’t stick as it should have and so was forced to use some fabric glue. Perhaps I’ll just continue to make cuffs without a stiff lining (ultra suede) and consider just a simple fabric lining or no lining at all. Do like the way the embroidery turned out.
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As my eco printing takes a very long time to process (I have 3 bundles happily fermenting), it seems as though I’ll have plenty of time to work on my other interests. Although I may try some sun and cold processing. Those techniques don’t take quite as long for the results to be seen.
Learning a technique often presents you with some interesting opportunities. I have made a couple of felt cuffs before but they usually have some kind of clasp to fasten them on. Thought it would be interesting to make a felt cuff that just slipped over the hand. Well not only is wet felting something that needs much practice but calculating correct sizing does also. I followed all the sizing guidelines but found my end result was about 3 inches too large! That is fairly significant.
I let the cuff sit for a couple of days and periodically walked past it to give it an analyzing look. I didn’t want to cut off the excess to create another cuff with a clasp so I decided to go ahead and fold over the excess. Looked though my ‘stuff’ for a suitable embellishment and found this wonderful, huge button. Not only did the button need a piece big enough to not be overwhelming but it also needed a surface substantial enough to hold it. The cuff is approximately 3 inches wide and, with 3 layers of folded-over felt, the button would be proportionate and secure.
I like it so much I may make another before adjusting my guide to make the ‘correct’ size.
This month’s felting group activity was a bracelet. One of our members found a cute idea which had a length of wire contained in the felt with the ends of the wire protruding at the ends. The wire in the felt helped give the bracelet shape and the wire at the ends could be used as embellishment. As seen in my sample there is no wire protruding at the ends. Rather there is a great deal of felt extending past the wire!
Not to let that deter me, I shaped both the wire and the felt to give me a very interesting bracelet. Of course, it also needed some beads to add even more interest.
I do like the way the bracelet turned out but need to spend a little time doing the project as it was intended. Looking forward to next month’s group activity.
At last month’s felt study group, we talked about what techniques we would be interested in exploring. A couple of the items mentioned were flowers and bracelets. One evening as I was settling in for some sleep I thought about what would happen if both those items were combined.
So here I have my first interpretation of that idea. I think it turned out interesting enough to continue pursuing.
Thinking about fun projects for the Hands On activities at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (it’s a difficult task to try and offer projects that may be of interest to children as well as adults every month). I ran across a couple of felted soap projects while browsing the internet. Looked like fun. Thought I’d try to make a couple and they turned out pretty well. This was popular with the felters a few years ago. The idea was to make them for hostess gifts. Maybe we can make it popular again. This time as gifts for ourselves. Wet felting can be a little messy but when you felt a bar of soap, you have very clean hands! Hope the group at HCCC likes my project.