Monday, November 22, 2010

November Show and Sale

I want to thank everyone who came to the Gathering of the Artists and the Indy Cloth Doll Show and Sale on Saturday. I hope everyone had a great time and found great gifts for the holiday season. Thanks to everyone who purchased gifts from me. I really enjoyed meeting everyone. My scarves (see pictures) were a big success so I guess I'll be making more for next year. I'm going to try to add a surprise or two so they won't be just the same ol' thing!! I tired but inspired to see what else I can do. I am going to do some research this week to see what might be the best way to sell some items on the internet. I'm looking into Etsy and also through my own website. I don't have enough information yet but when I decide I'll post the information on my blog.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Recent projects for the show and sale

I have been very busy lately making items for the November show and sale. Recently I've been re-purposing sweaters into scarves. Once I have cut and sewn them together to the appropriate length I embellish by needle felting yarns onto the surface in a random abstract pattern. Selecting just the right colors of yarn and other findings is the hardest part. But it is pretty time consuming felting the yarns onto the scarves even with my embellishing machine. Each scarf takes about 6 hours to complete.

I also have been making needle sculptures. So far my menagerie consists of a cat, scotty dog, border collie, Irish setter, toy poodle, butterfly, and a yellow rose. I need to take better photos but have to figure out how to do that without all the shadows. They are very small, for example, the Scotty in the picture is less than 2" long.

To take a break from all the fuzzy fibers I have just finished a beaded evening bag made from re-purposed beaded sleeves. I found the sleeves a few years ago in an antique store and now seemed like the perfect time to make my vision a reality. The purse is lined with vintage silk velvet which I also found in an antique store.