Jan sent through a link to Carol Jensen’s felting blog. If you are at all interested in art felting or producing wet felted things which have the look and the edge, then Carol Jensen’s blog is worth looking at for ideas and technique. She is a wonderfully creative person. The video by LivingFelt is also worth a look because it goes through the process for creating a very effective and interesting art felted scarf. This way you can learn and master some of the techniques and produce something to be proud of.
We have watched Alan needle felt this poodle picture from the first piece of fibre. It has been an interesting , creative journey. Alan put a lot of thought into how he was going to create the poodle. He has used an unusual fibres mix for the body . He had to think about the face and features. One of the things Alan does is get our input and then feedback online. That’s something we can all do these days: put our things online and garner peer review and support. For him , it was all helpful and so he could finish this lovely picture very confidently.
Our show and tell table was truly spectacular yesterday. With the mentoring going on and then the long term projects being finished we couldn’t help but have a fine array of home made items to look at and learn from.
Janette: Limes . Handknitted, handspun jumper in primary colours plied with alpaca. Generous sizing.
Anne and Bill : Grapefruit
Christine: 3 homespun beanies in a lovely green. They have buttons to go on them to finish them off.
Hilary: Spectacular shrug in mustards and maroons which ended up having over 600 stitches on the needles and it was knitted in once piece. The mustard is one of Alexis’ colours and the other strand was Marion Ridges wool. Knitted slippers in maroon and fawn homespun wool. Once skein of bright green wool and a skein of pink/orange/salmon wool spun with woolly nylon.
Jan: Skein of hand dyed yarn in purple and turquoise.
Sheila : Quilt top from an Anzac Day quilt kit which she had worked with and improved. Stunning rich colours in gold, red, black.
Alexis: felted pixie hat in purple, yellows , greens and blue. It was partly felted first and then the colours and designs were added after.
Marina: Round crochet bag in homespun fawns greens and other colours. Crocheted purse in star stitch in pastel colours . Knitted and crocheted mittens in handspun wool with purple trim and colourful centres.
Cathy: Bag with tassle in corespun wool, art yarn and alpaca plied with fawn ramswool. Wooden handles in browns ,oranges, reds and fawns. Pair of felted woodland slippers in yellow, green and pink.
Karin: Felted mat/wallhanging with depictions of nature in reds, greens, blues and off white. Made with tuition from Alexis.
Margaret: A number of pieces likes hats, gloves and scarves which she had entered into the Claire show and had had awards and acknowledgement for. We congratulate her. Finished lace pattern shrug in dove grey.
Jan is bold with colour and teaches us to be brave. She is modest in what she can and has accomplished. She cares passionately about fibre arts and textile skills. Over the years she has influenced this in Adelaide by pursuing her love of style and colour. She loves felting and in our group she tries to show newcomers ways and means of being able to felt something worthwhile and interesting. She works with the Marion Cultural Centre to help develop Gallery M where she has her felted pieces in the shop and she has been part of their exhibitions. This breakthrough in elevating the importance of textile art in Adelaide is thanks to people like Jan. Her work is featured left. Sonya, our roving reporter, brings you her story:
I have been sewing since my primary school days. Mum used to make all our clothes, as folks did in those days. In grade 7 we all made a baby’s dress with smocking, then sewing it up and crocheting around the edging.
I attended Marion High School in its 1st year of opening. From there I went to work at Toy Wholesales in their office for 7 years. Then for the next 7 years I worked at the Shell Company. That all ended after I got married and had a baby. I used to do a bit of embroidery at that time. When my son was 5 years old I went back to work in several different offices. I decided I would sooner work in a business of my own than continue working for others. So I bought a craft shop at Aldgate, called The Spindle House. It stocked spinning wheels, fleece, lazy Kates and various other things to do with spinning and craft. And that’s when I learned to spin. We also stocked leadlight supplies, so I learned to cut glass and do lead lighting.
Eventually I moved the shop to Brighton Road. I sold commercial wool there, as well. It was a big shop too. But I eventually sold that because I could see that weekend work would be coming in the future and I didn’t want to do that.
Fast forward some years.
When I retired I joined the Embroiderers’ Guild. I then started felting from the Internet but found it difficult to locate the wool I needed for that. Someone told me I could buy it at the Spinners and Weavers Guild. And that’s where I met Hilary and some of the other spinners. They asked me to come to their group and demonstrate how I made felted flowers. It was there that I discovered the Seaford Spinners, joined up and have been a member ever since.
Jan, your work is haute couture standard. Exquisitely crafted and the colours you use are always stunningly beautiful. We are indeed privileged to have you in our midst.