Tuesday, November 6, 2018

While waiting for Canada Post....

I couldn't believe it took Canada Post 16 days to finally deliver the last box of a 3 box shipment that had arrived in Canada Oct. 22. Sigh! On the plus side, the delay gave me time to work on another felting kit, two kits in fact. Both are for teddy bears. As always, I couldn't just stop at one...



Once I decided on the shape, the felting took no time at all. OK, they're little, just 5" (12.5cm) and they're made entirely of fibre - there's no core. So really, all I had to do was compress and shape the fibre. I did spend time, though, sculpting their cute little faces.


And I added beads to the eyes to make them sparkle. Each kit makes two bears. One kit makes a white bear with black trim, plus a black bear with white trim. A second kit that makes a brown bear with gold trim and a gold bear with brown trim.


I know that not everyone has a stash of felting mats and needles so I included one mat and two needles. I also put in the fibre, beads, beading needle and invisible thread, plus a teeny tiny metal ring as a hanger. I took pictures along the way, so the detailed instruction sheet also has pictures!!


I give ornaments as presents, when I can part with them. They make great hostess gifts at Christmas. Add one to a special package or group a few together for a table decoration. The retail price for this kit is $17.50 and it has everything you need to make two very cute teddy bears.

I love teddy bears so much that I'm working on some ideas for the summer, using more bears, of course. Did I mention that you could use these for a mobile?

Have a bearable day!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

PEACE II

Finally, I've finished my wall hanging or banner. It was a soothing activity, meditative. I think I'll leave it where I've hung it, beside a window with plants. I can meditate nearby and think of ways to bring peace into my life, the lives of my friends and family and by extension the world or my little corner of it.



PEACE is also available as a kit, which includes felting needles, 12"x12"x1" felting mat, felted fabric, fibre, stencils for all the letters, a wooden dowel and wool yarn to create a hanger. Plus detailed instructions.

I chose a cream fabric for the background and felted the letters in blue with green and pale pink flowering vines.

Please feel free to change the colours for your own banner or as a special request for a customer. Everything you need is included, except scissors, for a retail of $24.95. I'll post it on the website soon.

Have a peaceful day.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

PEACE...

I am working on some new needle felting ideas. I write, so I am interested in words. I have always loved seeing words on cushions, wall hangings, banners etc. Words like LOVE, JOY, HARMONY and yes, PEACE.

Yesterday, I began needle felting the letters for PEACE and today there is news of another mass shooting in the US. I don't know what to say. Do we fill our world with words of love or grief? I do know that we must counter every negative act with a positive one.

Artists' will work these positives through their media. They will write songs, and poems, paint pictures and sculpt or work with fibre. It's a way of alleviating the sorrow.


These are the letters, worked a little like illuminations. They can be horizontal or vertical and I may add another colour to the cream as a backing or chose a different colour for the larger fabric.

It's good to be working on a positive, trying to find the best way to say PEACE.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Felt from the heart....

I have just created 3 new needle felting kits for Remembrance Day. I always wear a poppy for November 11. Although, I haven't been to Flanders, I have seen the wild poppies in France. I tear up every time I think of them.

War is a terrible "thing," however, I am so proud of our Canadian poet, John McCrae, who wrote "In Flanders Fields" - a tremendous tribute to those who fell, were maimed or came back, not themselves. John McCrae was born in Guelph, where my father lives. In October, my Dad will be 104. He is a veteran of WW11.



I know that Veteran Affairs collects money from the sale of their poppies, however, over the years, these memorable flowers have become a little less wearable. I thought that it might be nice to have a more permanent pin to keep and wear every year. This is why I created poppy kits in needle felting, so that people could create a longer lasting, more natural looking poppy.

I will be donating $1.00 from the sale of each kit to Veteran Affairs, so they won't be out of pocket (you can still drop a loonie or two in their donation box) and can continue their good work.



However, what isn't readily available are the "other" poppies. The purple poppy to commemorate the animals that died in the line of "duty." If you have seen the movie, War Horse, you'll understand. The white poppy is for those who wish to promote Peace, even as we remember the bloodshed.

I have written other posts for remembrance day and remarked on other related poems. Here is a link, if you care to read. I never cease to know for who the bell tolls.



Have a memorable day!!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Of Turmeric, Tea and a Touch of Sand...

I'm working on some new needle felting kits and I'm in love with "curly locks." These locks, come from Blue-faced Leicester sheep and they have the cutest, tiniest curls I've ever seen. Right now the locks come, as they are, white with a little sand. Although, they have been washed, they are not overly processed, because this would destroy their curls. I am told by professional needle felters that, and I quote, "curly locks always come this way (sandy). It's part of their charm."



White curly locks worked for a few of my new kits, however, I needed, to add a little colour for a few more, so I dyed up some of the locks. First, I needed yellow for a lion's mane. I started with Turmeric. Wow, what a blast!! Who would have thought that something as basic as Turmeric could turn wool a neon yellow!!



Fortunately, the soothing nature of tea brought the colour down to a nice ochre. I soaked the yellow locks in a strong bath (3 bags) of orange pekoe and Voila! - a mellower yellow, just perfect for a friendly lion's mane.



The kits, I'm preparing will be a set of 12. So far I have put together 6 kits. I have another 6 to go.

Can you guess the theme?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nothing says Winter like a ......

.......Penguin. OK, a snowman too. I work in sets. I'm a very symmetrical person - yes, I have two arms, two legs and head in the right place most of the time :), however, when I design, I do it in sets. For example, one set of my lace scarf designs all followed the theme of a forest - I had 8 of them - pine and fir, leaf and flower, moss and myrtle, stream and pond.



So, it is no surprise that I have sets of 4 or 6, when designing ornaments. I started this last set with a snowman face and a snowman body. However, these kits needed partners. I thought, "Who else likes the cold?" Why a penguin, of course.


I could have done the penguin set in cool colours - black, white and grey - a little blah! So, I decided to warm up winter  by adding some colour. Here he/she is up close.


And from a distance


This penguin needs a name, with his muffler and earmuffs, I was thinking "Muff the Magic Penguin." Hmmm, maybe needs a little work.

Have a cool day!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Pride of Angels....

........OK, it's a pride of lions, so maybe it should be an Arc of Angels, either way, this is a great description of our colourful Christmas Angel ornaments. They are, in fact, close to the rainbow colours of Pride - pink, yellow, green, blue, purple and, of course, white - the combination of all the colours.



Angels are ethereal beings, lighter than air, and magical. They are the embodiment of everything that's good. In fact, we have a very large angel at the top of our Christmas tree called Victoria, because she represents all the little victories or good things that happened that year.



Create some angels for your tree. Give them names - Felicity comes to mind, as does Phoebe, which means light, especially moonlight! I could go on...Dawn, Aurora, Sky....



Fortunately, we have at least six angels to choose names for. In fact, each kit makes 2 angels of the same colour - twins, perhaps. And a larger kit makes six angels - one in each of the colours. Also included in our kits is everything you need to create the needle felted ornaments - felting needle, felting pad, fibre, felted fabric, beads, sewing needle, invisible thread and gold trim.



Make light of Christmas and create these delicate angels. I'll leave you with an excerpt from a poem by Billy Collins -



Questions About Angels

BY BILLY COLLINS
Of all the questions you might want to ask
about angels, the only one you ever hear
is how many can dance on the head of a pin.

No curiosity about how they pass the eternal time
besides circling the Throne chanting in Latin
or delivering a crust of bread to a hermit on earth
or guiding a boy and girl across a rickety wooden bridge.

Do they fly through God's body and come out singing?
Do they swing like children from the hinges
of the spirit world saying their names backwards and forwards?
Do they sit alone in little gardens changing colors?



Have an ethereal day!!

PS the rest of the poem is here.