It starts with sheer silk chiffon in white, dyed a beautiful orange.
Monday, April 27, 2015
My Puesta de Sol (sunset in spanish) wet nuno felt art piece is now hanging in the Art Gallery of Burlington (Ontario). It will be part of the Panorama of the Americas exhibit in the Community Gallery until May 24. Please visit the gallery if you are near Burlington. It is the first time I have been there, and it is a huge and varied gallery with some amazing art of all mediums!
Panoply - a Pan American Celebration of our Fibre Craft Heritage conference May 22 - 24, where I will also be teaching a workshop for nuno felt scarves. The workshop is full, but I made some wonderful new friends at the gallery, and will be organizing several new workshops in the near future.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Pamela's, my lovely shop in Jordan Village, was featured in a local fashion show, raising funds for local women's charities. The host for the fashion show was the wonderful Lynn Spence (fashion expert from Cityline). She is as amazing in person as she is on TV. Lynn came to all the shops personally to choose the fashions that were featured, and when she was in Pamela's she saw my nuno-felt coats. She chose two to be toppers over outfits, and asked me if I had a light colour one for her to wear as she hosted the event!
I was honoured with the request, and brought the rose-grey (the one from my etsy site). She wore it over a black dress, and you can see how great it looked on Lynn!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Here are two more colours of home workshop scarves available on Etsy.....
Hit on the link at the top right (the butterfly coat) to jump into my etsy site.
The workshop kit includes everything you need to complete the scarf, except water, towels, dishsoap, and a dryer. All instructions in a 21 page colour photo booklet are included, and I am only an email away for help.... Dare yourself to learn this amazing craft!
Monday, March 23, 2015
I have fielded many emails asking for a tutorial or workshop or instruction kit to make my nuno felt scarves, since most of you do not live near enough to attend my workshops in person. So after much compiling of photos and instructions I came up with this. A kit to complete a scarf, start to finish, no experience necessary. After teaching so many students this technique, I think I have answered all the questions, and have enough photos, that it will be like I am standing over your shoulder!
The other thing about this tutorial, material kit, is that all YOU will need are things already in your home! Towels, water, dish soap, and a Dryer (must have a NO HEAT setting).
Here is the kit. It includes 21 pages of instruction and photos. A base of chiffon silk, sourced from vintage saris. Merino roving in main and contrast colours, contrast silk fabric with some beading already on it for embellishment, and some various fibres and yarns that finish the details. Also plastic sheeting, poly sheer fabric, a water bottle with holes already drilled, and some ties to roll up your work.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Beaded Mohair Shawl
1 skein Hand Maiden Angel Hair (70% kid mohair, 30% nylon) 50 grams 400 meters
Needles: 3.5 mm circular needle (to allow for the width of the shawl – not worked in the round)
Glass beads 6/0 size, about 100 grams
Tiny crochet hook US 11/12 1.0 mm
Gauge: not too important, but 14 - 16 sts = 4 inches
Size of mine: 60 inches across the longest edge, 27 inches deep. But you can keep knitting and grow it bigger if you choose.
How to : PLACE A BEAD: With tiny crochet hook, pick up a glass bead, then attach the crochet hook to the next stitch on the knitting needle. Pull it off the knitting needle, and slip the bead off the crochet hook and onto the mohair stitch, then with the crochet hook, feed the loop of the stitch BACK ONTO the knitting needle….. see photos:
Starting at the center, with silk boucle, cast on 5 stitches.
K1, YO, k1, YO, place marker, k1, YO, k1, YO, k1
Wrong side row: k all stitches, slipping the marker
Regular right side row: K1, YO, knit to marker, YO, slip marker, YO, knit to last stitch remaining, YO, k1.
Repeat wrong side row again,
Change to mohair yarn, and ***** work one regular right side row, and one wrong side row.
Bead Row: K1, YO, K 2, [PLACE A BEAD, k bead stitch, k3]repeat across the row…. As you come to the marker, slip marker, YO, k1, YO at the same time as planting the bead every 4th stitch. Move to the next stitch if the count places the bead at a yarn over. Continue to the last stitch at the end of row, placing the beads as you go. Stop the last bead about 4 – 6 stitches before the end. YO and k1 at the end of the row as usual.
Wrong side row with mohair.
Work one more regular right side and wrong side.
[work another bead row, and wrong, right and wrong regular rows- 4 row pattern], then repeat the 4 row pattern again. Since ***** you have worked two rows plain, then three sets of the 4 row pattern, for 14 rows with the mohair and beads.
Change to silk boucle and work 4 regular rows (without beads): right side with the yarn overs, and wrong sides straight knitting.
Change to mohair and work the ***** 14 row pattern *****.
Continue to alternate the 4 row silk boucle and 14 row mohair bead pattern, until size of shawl desired, or 7 pattern repeats have been completed (like mine).
Finish with 4 rows of silk boucle, and a very loose cast off of all stitches.
Friday, February 27, 2015
I give you a peak at the newest art project. It is a vessel method three dimensional fish, representing the colours and culture of the Caribbean nations. The brights remind me of the houses and decorations and whimsical style of the people. The fun and humour and relaxed attitudes. The dark is the clear, calm and magical nights. I can hear the ocean and the music and the sway of the palms.
Puesta de Sol, means sunset in spanish. The time when the colourful hot days turn into the warm beautiful evening.