Archives for February 2015

Crafty Chicks Felting Day

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of leading a three hour felting class with five Crafty Chick friends. After a potluck lunch we got started with creating a wet felted piece then moved on to needlefelting. Most had not made felt before but all of the Chicks dove in and were great sports about it all. They were even game to try out my Needlefelting machine. I had a great time and I think they did too!

I shared my felting books and showed them my favorites written by Moy McKay, Scottish artist and felter extraordinaire.

5 ladies wet felting

Starting with wet felting

5 ladies sitting at the table needle felting in details

Second step is needle felting in more details.

wet felted piece

Sue’s felt sample created prior to class and used for a demo.

felt with flower

Michelle’s felted piece

CCBonnie's felted pansie

Bonnie’s Felted Pansie

felted piece ready for stitches

Kearsten’s felted piece ready for hand stitches.

felt with flowers

Kathy’s felted piece.

felted piece with many flowers

Cheryl’s felted piece

With the addition of a little stabilizer material, the pieces are all ready for additional machine and hand stitching to add more details and embellishing. I think they look great for first timers and a short 3 hour lesson. I loved how game everyone was to try a variety of things.

Creative Days

Someone told me recently that they thought I was like a little bird with my art and craft activities, suggesting that I “flitted” from one to another. I couldn’t figure out if it was a compliment or not. At 5′ 10″ tall, it’s hard to picture myself flitting about.

I do know that I sometimes have trouble getting started on a particular project when I have many on my mind, in the works, have new-to-me things to try, or want to revisit a favorite medium and technique. Sometimes though, I just like moving various projects along a few at a time.

Take this last week or two for example, I’ve been all over the place. I’ve participated in an online webinar for lampwork glass, watched DVD’s about oil and acrylic painting and gourd painting, helped my friend Sheila get started with needle felting,

Sheila's needle felted bird in progress

Sheila’s needle felted bird in progress

created at least one small Zentangle related drawing each day in my Tangle-a-day calendar book,

One page from Zentangle-a-day calendar

One page from Tangle-a-day calendar

created at least one small daily painting almost every day,

A daily painting.

A daily painting.

taught wet and needle felting to a small group of friends,

Crafty Chicks Saturday Felting

Crafty Chicks Saturday Felting

worked on samples for an online felting class with Fiona Duthie,

Felting Surface Design class samples

Felting Surface Design class samples

and continued work on a hooked rug pillow that I’ve designed around a theme of water.

Rug Hooked Pillow top-to-be
This list doesn’t include the time I’ve spent reading and studying artists and art books. And now it will include getting two blogs posts out before March 1.

I still don’t know if it’s flitting, lack of focus, or just a crazy, strong desire to create. I do know that I love the learning and accomplishing of my creative days. Whatever you want to call it, I appreciate that I have the capacity and time for it. Do you create with single minded focus or do you like to have several projects in the works at a time?