Sunday, August 30, 2009

Life Imitates Art II - The Journey

Partner in Crafty Crime
Elizabeth Shippen Green

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Taking time to smell the back soon.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Needle Felting

I love wool in all its forms: freshly shorn, washed and carded, dyed and spun into yarn. And I love all of the things that it can be made into. I once saw a book cover made from a plain piece of wool and some carded fleece. I thought it was beautiful and I wanted to learn how it was done. The person who made the book cover told me the process was called needle felting. While searching on the internet to find the materials I needed, I happened to meet a lovely woman in the UK who makes and sells plant-dyed carded fleece.

Isn't this gorgeous? Not only did I get beautiful wool, I made a friend as well.

So here's the little project I've been working on. I started with a scrap from an old wool cape, and I drew a freeform flower design on it. Using a needle especially made for needle felting, I take a small piece of the fleece and lay it on the spot I want to fill in. Then I stab at it repeatedly with the needle until it fills in the area I'm working on, like coloring with fibre. The stabbing causes the raw fleece to knot up in the wool, so it stays put.

Caution! Needle felting needles are long and very sharp. You hold the fleece down with one hand and the stab with the needle using the other. Should you miss and poke your finger, the less disciplined person might find themselves shouting something unladylike...ahem.

Now when I have seen pieces of this type, people display the fuzzy side as their finished side. But I don't care for the fuzzy look, so I use the back as the front. To me it looks like tapestry. When this is finished, I plan to make a small pillow with it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Our local library sells used books in their basement - 50 cents for a hardback book, and 25 cents for paperbacks. So happy to find these treasures. Didn't notice the theme until I got home. Actually it was my partner in crafty crime that pointed it out to me. I am one lucky duck.

My partner in crafty crime, a budding author, got lucky as well!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Time Travel, part II

The Pennsylvania Colonial Plantation is a living history museum and working farm. The plantation offers workshops for school aged kids each summer. There they learn 18th century farm life, foodways, and crafts.
Some examples of the camp offerings include: hearth cooking - building a proper fire to bake in a beehive oven; basketry - soaking reeds to weave a beautiful basket from scratch; pottery - handbuilding period items; farming - interpreting techniques and animal husbandry of the colonial era. There really is so much more than can be captured in this small space.
I taught a pottery class during this week. I would love to have taken more action shots of what was being taught by the talented instructors, but being busy with our workshops, I was glad to grab some pictures on the last day.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Time Travel

Once a week I get to dress up as an 18th century farm woman and teach school children what life was like in the 1700's. I work with some really excellent people and have learned a lot myself. Candlemaking and hearth cooking are among my favorite things to do there. The photo above is of a co-worker and was taken with my cell phone. I love it. To me, it looks like a painting.


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