Sunday, 26 September 2010

Look what they made.....

Heres a few photos from my day teaching feltmaking.....

All totally different!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

My First Hat

I have had a arge for ages to make a hat. This week Iv been reading and watching Andrea Graham's blog. Andrea is a very inspiring felt artist and she's been making hats all this week. So I decided to make one for the chilly winter events.

Here's the template that I used and my hat. It did start looking like the sorting hat out of Harry Potter, but I changed it a bit!

It was made out of Merino wool and added pieces were dyed scrim and sari waste. It start off too big and I will defiantly cut down my calculations next time. I must admit iv really enjoyed making it.

Oh and thank you very much for all your kind comments on mylast post - colour reflections . I'm glad that you found it all interesting and useful.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Colours and there reflections.....

Not many of you know this, but im a Colour Therapist and quite a few people ask me about there colour choices for there work or even everyday life.

So heres some basic knowledge of colour and what it reflects in your lifes.

Black - Both comforting, protective and mysterious. It is associated with silence, the infinite, restriction and the feminine life force – passive, uncharted and the mysterious. It can prevent us from growing and changing. We often cloak ourselves in black to hide from the world.

Blue -
Deep blue stimulates the pituitary gland to help regulate sleep patterns. It also has pain relief properties and works on the skeleton, keeping the bone marrow healthy. Light and soft blues make us feel quiet and protected and is used to help alleviate insomnia. Blue inspires ate mental control, clarity and creativity. Midnight blue has a strong sedative affect on the mind allowing us to connect to our intuitive and feminine side. Too much dark blue can be make us feel depressed.

Brown -
Brown brings a sense of stability, alleviating insecurity. It relates to bottling up emotions, a retreat from and fear of the outside world, and also narrow-mindedness. This often results from a lack of self worth. It is involved with long-term study or logical thought processes. Encourages new routines.

Green -
It has a strong affirmation with nature helping us connect with empathy to others and the natural world. We instinctively use this colour when under stress or experiencing emotional trauma. It gives us the sense of calmness, comfort, laziness, relaxation, space, lessening stress, balance and soothing to emotions, freedom, contentment, sharing and generosity. Dark green helps us with emotional uncertainty. Though when green becomes muddy, dull, olive looking it indicates decay. Muddy green resembles unassertive, a negation of life and joy. Lime and olive green can have a detrimental effect on both physical and emotional health, as sickly yellow and green are associated with the emotions of envy, resentment and possessiveness.

Indigo -
Same as violet. Dramatic, spiritual, creativity, intuitive, meditative, mystical, inspirational of beauty and art, protective, cleansing.

Orange -
This is a happy joyous colour. It releases emotions and alleviates feelings or self-pity, lack of self worth and unwillingness to forgive. It stimulates the mind renewing interest in life and it is an antidepressant. Apricot / peach colours are good for nervous exhaustion. Other associations are – secure, warmth, creative, stimulating, fun, enlivening, uplifting, laughter, independence.

Red -
Gives vitality, ambition, helps to over come negative thoughts. Too much red in the system can make you irritable, impatient, angry and uncomfortable. Other properties: powerful, cosy, sensual, determined, friendly, courageous, assertive and antidepressant.

Silver / Grey -
Independent, self reliant, separating, lonely, self-critical.

Turquiose - Associated with blue-green with the refreshing and cool ocean. It is invigorating, cooling, and calming. Like green, turquoise is good for mental strain and tiredness or feeling washed out. It is an elevating colour that encourages us to make a sparking fresh start. Turquoise is also helpful for feelings of loneliness, since it heightens communication, sensitivity and creativity.

Violet -
Violet brings peace and combating shock and fear. Also cleanses the emotions, obsessions and fear. Has been known to help calm and pacify patients suffering from a number of nervous and mental disorders. It is connected with artistic and musical impulses, mystery, and sensitivity to beauty and high ideals, stimulating creativity, inspiration, sensitivity, spirituality and compassion. It is also known for protection.

White -
Peaceful, purifying, cold, isolating, creating space to think.

Yellow - A happy, bright and uplifting colour. It is associated with the intellect side of the mind and the expression of thoughts. It therefore helps the powers of discernment and discrimination, memory and clear thinking, decision-making and good judgement. It also helps good organisation, assimilation of good ideas, and the ability to see different points of view. It builds self-confidence and encourages a optimistic attitude. Though dull yellow can be the colour of fear.

Sara - I hope this has given you an insite. x

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Demo makes

These are the things that I made whilst I was demoing at the weekend.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Lovely Time.....

What a weekend! We had a great time at the Sandringham Game and Country Show. I'm sorry but I didn't have anytime to go around the show, so not many pic's for you. Though the bits I did see was great.... on the way to the loo and back that is!

Here's my stall..... Demo area on end and loads of felted lovely-ness.
As you can see the Fantasy Woodland went also and Iv promised to take Ditzy the woodland fairy with me for the Christmas Fair in November.

A big thank you to my friend Michelle that came and helped me. Also the lady in front of the stall is Keilly from Mad about Nature. This is her stall below and Keilly makes me the soap that I felt.

Loads of wonderful soapy and cream goodies. I was demonstrating with her Cranberry Soap all through the event..... Divine!

There was loads of laughs whilst I was demonstrating and iv definitely converted quite a few people into the world of felting! I was even asked if I was the "Felt Lady at Sandringham" at the Mc Donald's on the way home!

I will take a photo of the things I made whilst I was there. There drying at the moment. I made Three pairs of baby boots, three flowers (Which sold as I was making them!), a handbag and vase. After demonstrating through the weekend and through the last week, my hands are quite sore. So a few days of rest is needed. Well may be a bit of needle felting instead!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Loads to do.....

Well as you can tell iv not had a lot of time to blog and this is being done while the kids are eating there breakfast and getting ready for school.

Its been a busy week on the making side - felted soaps, brooch's, bags, labeling, sewing things together.......... and the list goes on!

As you can tell , I'm going to a fair at the weekend. To this wonderful place

Sandringham Game and Country Fair.

It's my first time going there as a stall holder. Hence me being really busy making as I don't know what to expect.

Well time to go to school...........

Thursday, 2 September 2010

More texture and sample

I'm getting addicted to this texture lark and loving the results.
This one is called Ocean Texture Bag

Materials used Merino wool, Silk velvet, Muslin.
Techniques - Cobwebing, adding 3D elements, nuno, resist pockets and spikes.

I have also made a sample Christmas Stocking for my workshops.


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